7 Free Image Editors – and 5, You Can Use, Without Installing Anything

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You are writing a new post for the web site and you need an image in a certain format – but your boss refuses to give you a license for Photoshop. Does that sound familiar? Here are 7 free alternative image editors, you can try out.

2 Image Editors For Your Computer


Paint.net logoPaint.NET was designed to be a better alternative to Paint, which was originally bundled with Windows. The app is somewhat simpler than Photoshop but it has a lot of the same features. It should be sufficient for lighter image editing tasks. Paint.net has been around for a long time but it is continuously being kept up to date.

The Gimp

The Gimp logoThe GIMP is an open source image editor for bitmap images. It runs on most platforms and operating systems, including Unix, Linux, Windows, and OS X. Actually, The Gimp has a lot of functionality, although the few times I have tried i out myself, I have found the user interface at bit clunky.

But The IT-Department Won’t Let You Install Anything?

Luckily, a lot of image editors run online in a browser.


Pixlr logoPixlr is a cloud based suite of photo editing tools, that include a full image editing app, a quick fix tool for correcting stuff such as red eyes and more, and an effect app for applying filters, frames, and effects to photos. Pixlr runs in the browser and also come as apps for tablets and smart phones.


PicMonkey logoPicMonkey is an online image editing service which can be used in a free ad-supported or a relatively cheap premium version. The user interface is very simple and easy to use, but is probably a bit too simple, if you need a little more advanced functionality.

Photo Raster

Photo Raster logoPhoto Raster is a relatively advanced online image editor. The user interface is familiar to anyone who has been working with Photoshop and thus very easy to get started with.

Sumo Paint

Sumo Paint logoSumo Paint is an online image editor with an equally familiar user interface. The app is relatively advanced but is intended for illustration more than photo editing. Sumo Paint runs in the browser.


FotoFlexer logoFotoFlexer is a flash based photo editor that runs in the browser. It has a very easy user interface which includes the most necessary functionality and a large variety of color filters and effects. This app is very easy to use, especially for beginners, and the user interface has been translated to a variety of languages.


If you are going to try out some of these tools, I would be very interested in knowing what you think and which is your favorite. If you happen to know of other free image editors that should belong to this list, please feel free to comment.

Author: Morten Brunbjerg Bech

Webdesigner, front end udvikler og bibliotekar. Arbejder primært med udvikling og design af Horsens Kommunes Bibliotekers webløsninger og er specialist i semantisk strukturering af webdokumenter samt Adobe Photoshop og Illustrator.

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  1. Title should include “For Windows”. These are free for OS X: Fotor, Pinta, Picasa, MyPaint, Tux Paint, Photo Sense Lite, Seashore.

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