Free Photo Editors for Web Designers

A good photo editing software comes with a price, but here are some free open source photo editors that could do the job for you!

IrfanView is a popular free, fast lightweight graphic viewer and editor which can handle a number of graphic file formats including BMP, JPEG, GIF (animated), PNG, PCX, TIFF and more


Developer: Irfan Skiljan
Current Version: 4.3
Supported File Formats: Check the different file formats.
Download: Download Link
OS Support: Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 , 2008, Vista, Windows 7.
License: Free for personal/educational use. Use it commercially for a nominal fee.


XnView is a free cross platform software to view, organise, convert graphics and photos files or to create slide show, contact sheet, HTML pages.


Developer: Pierre-emmanuel Gougelet
Current Version: 1.98.2 (Windows)
Supported File Formats: Check the different file formats.
Download: Download Link
OS Support: Windows, Linux, MacOSX, PocketPC
License: Free for personal/educational/non-profit use. Use it commercially for a fee.


Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software and features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools

Developer: Rick Brewster
Current Version: 3.5.8
Supported File Formats: Supports raster graphic formats. Check the Roadmap
Download: Download Link
OS Support: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, Windows 7
License: Free to use. Donate Here


GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Developer: GIMP team
Current Version: 2.6.11
Supported File Formats: JPEG (JFIF), GIF, PNG, TIFF. Check the Feature List
Download: Download Link
OS Support: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, Windows 7
License: GNU Public License. Donate Here

There are many more free photo and graphic editors, however I have listed the ones I found very useful. Feel free to share the ones you have used!

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Samo said...

Also take a look at Digikam. This is currently my favourite photo editing and photo management app.

sujith said...

I really like Irfanview.Its a very good software

opu shaon said...

Paint.NET is really great photo editor for web designer and as a web designer I've been using it from a long instance and really so happy. Thanks mate :)

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