Download Image Effects - Best Software & Apps

  • Adobe Photoshop CC

    2017

    License
    try Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    The best image editor with video editing and advanced features

    7
    10746 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

    7
    403 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
  • FireAlpaca

    1.0.17

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    A free image editor with great potential

    6
    369 votes
    • PROS: Support for layers, Easy to navigate, Lots of special effects and filters
    • CONS: Ads that open at program launch are annoying, Still a little buggy
  • Photo Studio

    1.30.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    BlackBerry

    Photo editing with professional results

    7
    41 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
  • FastStone Image Viewer

    5.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Powerful image viewing suite with additional editing options

    7
    259 votes
    • PROS: Batch convert images to many formats, Good effects available to apply to images, Selection of modes with which to view files,
    • CONS: Cluttered user interface, Difficult to understand what all the buttons do
  • Photoscape X for Mac

    2.4.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Free image editor based on the Windows version

    7
    36 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
  • 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
  • Photo Makeup Editor

    1.81

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    Free App for Image Lovers

    7
    580 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

    2.93

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Convert, resize and watermark multiple photos in batches

    5
    34 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Supports many formats, Can add watermarks with transparency effects
    • CONS: Several "options" are actually separate downloads
  • Amazing Photo Editor

    1.2.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    iPhone
    Windows

    A Free app for iPhone

    7
    5 votes
    • XnConvert

      Beta 1.73

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Powerful batch image editor with dozens of actions and filters

      6
      17 votes
      • PROS: Support for hundreds of formats, Easy to use, Good selection of actions, filters and effects
      • CONS: Preview window is too small
    • Pixel Image Editor

      Beta 7.699 1.0

      License
      try Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Complete graphic editor for retouch and edit

      6
      122 votes
      • PROS: Large range of tools, Lots of layers and effects, Workspaces
      • CONS: Too complex for most people, Cluttered interface, Long startup time
    • Pixlr-o-matic

      2.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Android
      Mac
      iPhone
      Web Apps

      Beautiful photos in only 3 steps

      7
      491 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
    • Easy Photo Effects

      2.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Stunning photo effects for everyone

      7
      559 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')
    • Sothink Photo Album Maker

      2.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Create awesome Flash photo albums in a few clicks

      6
      43 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
    • ArcSoft Magic-i Visual Effects

      2.0.0.65

      License
      try Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Improve video chats with webcam visual effects

      6
      188 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
    • BorderMaker

      4.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

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

      4
      11 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
    • Camera360 Sight

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows Phone

      Give this camera app a shot

      7
      1 vote
      • PROS: Excellent image editing options, Different lens allow you to preview effects before taking photo, Advanced photo taking options (adjusted manually), Well organized menus
      • CONS: Lacks tutorial, Not clear what all options do
    • Pixlr Editor

      License
      free
      Platform
      Web Apps

      Powerful, fully featured online image editor

      8
      570 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
    • Active Pixels

      3.05

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free image editor very similar to Photoshop

      6
      99 votes
      • PROS: Similar to Photoshop, Wide variety of special effects, Features extra tools
      • CONS: Sliders are uncomfortable to use, Some filters are too basic
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