Top 10 Best Photo Editing Software for 2016

Editing photos in a software is easier than you think, with a proper program photo editing can become fun. Below you will find ten of the best photo editing software for 2016.

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1. Photoshop

Create anything you can imagine. Anywhere you are. The world’s best imaging and design app is at the core of almost every creative project.

Work across desktop and mobile devices to create and enhance your photographs, website and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos and more.

Create beautiful 2D compositions that feature 3D models. Easily reposition models and adjust camera angles and lighting. Combine multiple images, remove objects and retouch photos using a complete set of professional photography tools.

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2. Photo Pos Pro

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It does not have a beautiful look to its interface but once you use it, you will become a fan instantly.

With its extensive range of selection options and paint tools, this software is a excellent choice for any photo editing.

More of its feature and support involves layering, masking and effects and scripting tools that allow automated editing tasks.

Another feature that has a fun element attached is its ‘Magical’ effects that add bubbles, stardust, fireworks and other similar items on an image.

3. Photoscape


Photoscape is a free easy and fun photo editing software that allows you to fix your photos besides enhancing them. On digging deeper into this wonderful tool, you’ll soon realize why so many readers recommend photoscape as a photo editing software. It has plenty of features, yet is easy to use.

The software provides various modules like editor, viewer, Raw converter, batch processor, print layout tool, file renamer, color picker and screen capture tool among others. The program is restricted to working with a single document at a time. Hence, if you want to change an image on which you are working, you’ll have to save the current file and close it.

4. Light Box Image Editor


LightBox free image editor is a powerful and simple editor used to enhance your images and make them look outstanding with some professional touch. It has an appealing user interface which is straight forward and simple. It also offers perceptive slide-bar attunements for the images.

Make a comparison of your pictures before and after the corrections with split screen views. The software has simple tools for correction of red-eye, crop, sharpen, print, add borders and re-size. You can also move to the paid version if you want where you can get some very handy extras.

5. Paint.Net


Paint.Net is a pixel-based image editor which can be used on PCs running Windows. It has become a very powerful application and offers a wide range of features and tools for enhancement of your images along with creative editing. It’s powerful with respect to image editing basics and has options to rotate or resize your photos besides some special effects.

Paint.Net, however, does not have adjustment layers nor any feature of native layer mask. This indicates that you won’t find easy options for editing that is non-destructive.

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6. Serif Photo Plus


Serif Photo Plus was created by Serif as a free version from its premium software suite so that users could have access to fundamental tools for editing their photos. All the basics of image editing have been covered by this software. It has tools that allow you resize, cut down red-eye and apply filters and effects. However, since it lacks some essential features of the premium version, it has some amount of restrictions-the first one being a dearth of keyboard shortcuts.

Nonetheless, Serif Photo Plus can be used by anyone wanting to make his image standout. It’s ideal for graphic design jobs and has an intuitive interface.


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GIMP is often regarded as the best alternative to Photoshop. It’s an open-source application that depends on a bunch of willing developers who are responsible for the maintenance and improvement of the product. The software is available for PC and Mac. With this tool, you can get editing done on the professional level besides some great re-touching tools. It’s ideal for designers who are incapable of splurging money on Adobe or even for those who don’t want higher expenses.

After starting the program, you’ll find a window that shows the image along with separate windows for proper organization of the layers and toolbox. GIMP resembles Photoshop in many ways-however, it has a unique feel and look.

8. LazPaint


LazPaint is a free and open-source raster image editor targeted at users who want a relatively easily accessible application compared to GIMP. The latter may offer a wide range of strong features but is associated with a steep learning curve which is often a hindrance for inexperienced users.  This indicates there are people who want a less powerful but a user-friendly application and LazPaint does exactly this.

The application is at present offered for Linux and Windows machine. It is, however, not a strong tool for image enhancement and adjustment.

9. Phoxo


Phoxo is a free and robust image editing software, which is tiny, speedy, user-friendly and can be described as a mini Photoshop. Some essential features of this software include undo, layers, batch processing and around 50 special effects. It also has handy and strong tools for crop, selecting, painting, navigation, measuring and retouching. Text effects can be easily added to images like ripple text, shadow text and gradient color text.

10. Funny Photo Maker


With Funny Photo Maker , you can have your face attached to the body of a celebrity or combine with attractive natural sceneries. You can also get your family picture on a photo calendar or photo billboard.  It does not have smart selection tools or layer support but still you can achieve a scintillating range of effects.

Some options of this free software include transforming still images into animations, adding snow or rain to an image, applying some elegant frames and transforming your images into a collage.


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  • Frog

    I use Pixlr and PT Photo Editor(Free Edition) for most photo editing works. Both are free!

  • Jana

    I would also recommend the PicsArt Photo Editor, which is packed with all the tools for editing and drawing. You will find many photo effects which are very easy to customize. you can apply an effect then erase a part of it. It is really a fantastic tool, I use on my mobile phone. I also use to share my edits at PicsArt community. Try and you will never use other photo editor any more 🙂

  • Very useful list, Jaspal. And, if I may, I would also add to the list one of my favourite tools – BatchPhoto.

    It’s a bulk photo editing tool that is quite useful when you have to do resizing, watermarking or adding a date/time stamp.