Top 9 Best Photo Editors for Mac (Free and Paid)

Mac has always been considered as one of the best platforms for artists, especially in the field of photography, video and design.

Today we will be featuring some of the top photo editors for Mac that can do the job when to require. Here we have both free and paid programs on this list so you can choose the one that fits your pocket.

Photos for OS X

Photo is an easy-to-use and streamlined design program, the all-new Photos has been engineered from the ground up to help you keep your growing library organised and accessible.

Powerful and intuitive editing tools help you perfect your images as well as create beautiful gifts for sharing. And with iCloud Photo Library, a lifetime’s worth of photos and videos can be stored in the cloud — so you can access your entire collection from your Mac, iOS devices, and even your PC, anytime.

When you make changes on your Mac like editing a photo, marking a Favorite or adding to an album, they’re kept up to date on your iPhone, your iPad and And vice versa — any changes made on your iOS devices are automatically reflected on your Mac.

Photos makes it simple to apply more advanced adjustments to your image. You can make precise edits by enabling the histogram, adjusting levels, adding definition and more. You can even add a vignette for a final artistic touch.

Price : Free

Photoshop CC

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.

A whole new experience in digital design. See how the latest releases help you quickly turn any inspiration into incredible work with great new features for web and app design, photography and print and graphic design.

Price : $19.99/monthly


GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems.

It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done.

You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.

Price: Free


Full-featured image editor for Mac. Pixelmator for Mac is a powerful, fast, and easy-to-use image editor.

It lets you enhance and touch up photos, sketch, draw and paint, add text and shapes, apply dazzling effects, and do so much more.

Pixelmator is built and developed from the ground up for the Mac, taking full advantage of the latest OS X features and technologies.

Price: $29.99


Paintbrush is a simple paint program for Mac OS X, reminiscent of Microsoft Paint and Apple’s own now-defunct MacPaint.

It provides users with a means to make simple images quickly, something that has been noticeably absent from the Mac for years.

Paintbrush can open and save to most major image formats, including BMP, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, and GIF.

Full support for transparency is available for image formats that support an alpha channel (currently PNGs and GIFs). You can also paste images copied from many common Mac applications, including Microsoft Office and Apple iWork.

Price: Free

Acorn 5

Acorn is an image editor for Mac OS X 10.10 and later. One of a kind, no subscriptions, no hassle.

Powerful Image Editing – Use non-destructive curves, levels, and filters. Add layer masks and selections to touch up your images or make something entirely new.

Price: $29.99

Fotor for Mac

With Fotor’s state-of-the-art photo processing engine, it’s easy to process high quality photos quickly. Adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, white balance, and saturation, sharpen/blur, add a vignette, or crop, straighten, rotate and more.

Batch processing lets you quickly process dozens of photos to save you time and effort. New Batch processing can help you for Scenes, Effects, and Borders, as well as Batch resizing, renaming, and file conversion.

Price : Free


Pixen is a pixel art editor designed for working with low-resolution raster art, such as those 8-bit sprites found in old-school video games.

With innovative features like a unique color palette system, patterns, layers, and high-zoom support, Pixen packs all the tools pixel artists need in an intuitive, Mac-native interface.

Pixen also makes creating frame-by-frame animations fun and easy. Animations – Create and arrange image frames in the filmstrip view to piece together animations; export animations as animated GIFs or even spritesheets!

Tools – Leverage Pixen’s wide array of tools when composing pixel art: Pencil, Eraser, Eyedropper, Zoom, Rectangular Selection, Magic Wand, Lasso, Move, Fill, Line, Rectangle, and Ellipse.

Price : $9.99

Pixlr Desktop

Powerful, and incredibly easy to use. Apply a quick fix and fine-tune any picture or add your personal touch with effects, overlays and borders.

Over 2 million combination of effects. Add your personal style to photos with over 100 effects, 340 overlays, and 200 borders. Adjust transparency, resize, and rotate each element to create the perfect touch.

Selection made easy. Influence icons Influence Masks give you precise control over how effects are applied to specific areas of your photo, allowing you to be creative and original in completely new ways. A little more control goes a long way.

Price : Free, $1.99/month or $14.99/year

That’s it for now, we will be updating this list when there a new kid on the block, but for now these are the best photo editors for Mac. Which one did you like the most?