Download Image Effects - Best Software & Apps

  • Adobe Photoshop CC

    2019-20.0.1

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    The best image editor with video editing and advanced features

    7
    29320 votes
    • PROS: Amazing results possible, Semi-professional 3d-object editing, Integrationg with Adobe Bridge in UI, Brushes with realistic physic effects
    • CONS: Requires a powerful computer, Difficult for basic users
  • PicsArt - Photo Studio

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows Phone

    Do something useful with the photos you take on your phone

    8
    1111 votes
    • PROS: Many effects and filters, Very easy to use, Many image sharing options, Integrated with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more
    • CONS: Still some lag time applying effects, Overwhelming number of filters and features
  • FastStone Image Viewer

    6.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Powerful free image viewing suite with additional editing options

    8
    848 votes
    • PROS: Batch convert images to many formats, Good effects available to apply to images, Selection of modes with which to view files, Free
    • CONS: Cluttered user interface, Difficult to understand what all the buttons do, Not available for other platforms such as Linux or Android
  • Photo Makeup Editor

    1.81

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free App for Image Lovers

    7
    504 votes
    • PROS: Free to download and use, Lots of different effects
    • CONS: Plagued with pop up ads, Some effects look rather fake
  • Pixillion Free Image Converter

    5.14

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Convert, resize and watermark multiple photos in batches

    6
    112 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Supports many formats, Can add watermarks with transparency effects
    • CONS: Several "options" are actually separate downloads
  • Photoscape X for Mac

    2.4.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Free image editor based on the Windows version

    7
    101 votes
    • PROS: Lots of filters and effects to choose from, Easy to use, Slick OS X style interface
    • CONS: Doesn't compare to the Windows version, Lacks social sharing integration, Mainly just filters and effetcs
  • FireAlpaca

    1.7.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac
    Windows

    Free Tool for Artists

    9
    16 votes
    • PROS: Free to download and use, Large number of useful tools
    • CONS: Tends to delete unsaved work, Can be rather slow at times
  • XnConvert

    Beta 1.73

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Powerful batch image editor with dozens of actions and filters

    6
    82 votes
    • PROS: Support for hundreds of formats, Easy to use, Good selection of actions, filters and effects
    • CONS: Preview window is too small
  • Photo Studio

    1.30.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    BlackBerry

    Photo editing with professional results

    7
    58 votes
    • PROS: Editing and retouching, Packed with filters, frames, effects..., Create mosaic art, Share with other applications
    • CONS: No support for some social apps, Must pay for additional effects
  • Pixlr-o-matic

    2.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone
    Web Apps

    Beautiful photos in only 3 steps

    7
    842 votes
    • PROS: Looks great, Easy to apply effects, Share on imm.io or save in .jpg
    • CONS: No options for customizing effects, Only saves to .jpg
  • Pixel Image Editor

    Beta 7.699 1.0

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Complete graphic editor for retouch and edit

    6
    106 votes
    • PROS: Large range of tools, Lots of layers and effects, Workspaces
    • CONS: Too complex for most people, Cluttered interface, Long startup time
  • Mirror Image

    1.4.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    Add mirror effects to your photos with Mirror Image

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    • PROS: Wide range of filters and effects, Easy-to-use menus
    • CONS: Lacks some useful image editing options
  • Sothink Photo Album Maker

    2.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Create awesome Flash photo albums in a few clicks

    7
    58 votes
    • PROS: Dead simple to use, no technical skills required, Support for all popular image formats, Includes basic tools to edit photos, Includes a dozen themes and more than 120 transition effects, Save to SWF or standalone EXE
    • CONS: Text snippets don't look very nice on the screen
  • Pixlr Editor

    License
    free
    Platform
    Web Apps

    Powerful, fully featured online image editor

    7
    1124 votes
    • PROS: Powerful and feature rich, Impressive selection of filters and effects, Support for masks and layers, Compatible with PSD files
    • CONS: Sometimes slow when working with huge files
  • ArcSoft Magic-i Visual Effects

    2.0.0.65

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Improve video chats with webcam visual effects

    6
    322 votes
    • PROS: Supports all popular IM clients, Helps you improve image quality in video chats, Wide variety of filters and effects to choose from
    • CONS: It takes a while to understand how the program works, Depends on other apps - not a video chat program by itself
  • Amazing Photo Editor

    7.9.2

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    iPhone

    Powerful image processing software

    6
    289 votes
    • PROS: Lots of options and effects, Batch image converter, GIF creator, Decent advanced effects, Skinnable
    • CONS: Outdated, No layers
  • BorderMaker

    4.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Add a border, watermark and other effects to multiple images at once

    4
    19 votes
    • PROS: Works with entire image folders, Preview changes in real time, Can upload the images to an FTP server
    • CONS: Confusing interface, Not many editing tools included
  • Easy Photo Effects

    2.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Stunning photo effects for everyone

    7
    627 votes
    • PROS: Really easy to use, No installation required, Nice selection of photo filters, Works with all popular image formats
    • CONS: Uncomfortable interface, No 'undo' function (only 'reset')
  • Photopus

    1.3.0.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Batch edit your photos

    5
    21 votes
    • PROS: Ability to add entire folder of photos, Tons of filters and effects, Quick image processing, Plenty of options and adjustments
    • CONS: Only paid version supports RAW format
  • Active Pixels

    3.05

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free image editor very similar to Photoshop

    7
    148 votes
    • PROS: Similar to Photoshop, Wide variety of special effects, Features extra tools
    • CONS: Sliders are uncomfortable to use, Some filters are too basic
Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
#NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
16.68488.2Windows
2varies-with-device11117.8Android, Windows Phone
32.18427.5Windows, Android, Mac, iPhone
411247.4Web Apps
52019-20.0.1293206.8Windows, Mac
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