The Ultimate List of Image Editing Software For Photographers

By YaopeyTechniques, Tutorials

Are you starting in photography?

Don’t know what image editing software out there you can use or buy?

Here is a list of free and paid software to consider.

The URL and pricing of these software are correct during the revision of this post (February 2017).

There are no affiliate links on this page. These are for your information only 🙂

Free Image Editing Software

There are actually a bunch of image editing software you can use it for free.

If you are looking for something similar to Adobe Photoshop, try GIMP, GIMPshop or Gimphoto.


No. Software Mac PC
1 Picasa Yes Yes (Discontinued)
2 Apple photos Yes No
3 Fotor Yes Yes
4 On1 Perfect Effects 9 Free Yes Yes
5 Serif Photoplus Starter Edition No Yes
6 GIMP Yes Yes
7 GIMPshop Yes Yes
8 Gimphoto No Yes
9 PhotoScape Yes Yes
10 IrfanView No Yes
11 Paint.NET No Yes
12 PicMaster No Yes
13 PixBuilder Studio No Yes
14 FastStone Image Viewer No Yes
15 Brush Strokes Image Editor No Yes
16 Chasys Draw IES No Yes
17 Fotografix No Yes
18 XnView Yes Yes
19 Darktable Yes No
20 G'MIC Yes Yes
21 ImageJ Yes Yes
22 ImageMagick Yes Yes
23 LazPaint Yes Yes
24 LightZone Yes Yes
25 RawTherapee Yes Yes
26 Seashore Yes No
27 UFRaw Yes Yes


Free Web-Based Image Editor

These are web-based editor, often very limited in their functionality.

You can do basic image editing with these and some do offer filters and presets (a bit like Instagram).


Premium Image Editing Software

These are the ones where you need to purchase a license to use them.

Some are subscription only (you need to pay monthly or annually to renew your license) and some are lifetime license (a once off payment to purchase the license).

The majority of these support RAW file and others can be used to organise your images.

No Software Mac PC Price
1 Adobe Photoshop Yes Yes From $9.99/month
2 Adobe Lightroom Yes Yes From $9.99/month
3 On1 Perfect Effects 10 Yes Yes From $59.99
4 Acorn 5 Yes No $29.99
5 Serif Photoplus X8 No Yes ÂŁ79.99
6 Adobe Photoshop Element 14 Yes Yes From $99.99
7 Affinity Photo Yes No $49.99
8 DxO OpticsPro 10 Yes Yes From €129
9 Corel PaintShop Pro X8 No Yes $79.99
10 Sumopaint Pro Yes Yes From $4/month or $120 lifetime
11 Pixelmator Yes No $29.99
12 ACDSee Pro 9 Yes Yes $99.99
13 ACDSee Photo Editor 6 Yes Yes $59.99
14 Phase One Capture One Yes Yes $299
15 Zoner Photo Studio No Yes $99
16 Xara Photo and Graphic Designer 11 No Yes $89.99
17 Cyberlink PhotoDirector No Yes From $59.99
18 PhotoLighting No Yes $39.95
19 PhotoPad Yes Yes From $34.99
20 CodedColor PhotoStudio No Yes $59
21 Color It! 4.5 Yes No $59.95
22 Graphic Converter 9 Yes No $39.95
23 Helicon Filter No Yes From $10/year or $30 lifetime
24 Lview Pro No Yes $29.95
25 NeoPaint No Yes $45
26 PhotoLine Yes Yes €59
27 Photo Mechanic Yes Yes $150
28 PMView Pro No Yes $49.95
29 PortraitPro Yes Yes $79.95
30 QFX No Yes $399
31 StudioLine Photo No Yes From $70
32 Photo Ninja Yes Yes $129
33 FotoStation Yes Yes $149
34 Iridient Developer (Raw Editor) Yes No $99
35 Be Funky Plus (web-based) NA NA $4.95/month or $24.05/year
36 Luminar Yes No $69


I hope you find something useful in this post.

Do let me know if you found more software be added to the list or a broken link.

Thanks and have a great day! 🙂