Download Layer Support - Best Software & Apps

  • Adobe Photoshop CC

    2017

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    The best image editor with video editing and advanced features

    7
    28886 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
  • Adobe Illustrator CC

    2017

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Industry standard design suite

    6
    3793 votes
    • PROS: Fully documented, Includes templates, Excellent set of tools for vectorial design, Integrated into Creative Cloud
    • CONS: May feel a bit complex for beginners
  • PaintTool SAI

    1.2.5

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    The drawing utility that'll bring out your artistic side

    6
    18454 votes
    • PROS: Lots of paint options, Includes layers and canvases, Easy-to-use interface
    • CONS: Interface is plain and outdated, Takes time to learn advanced features
  • Autodesk Pixlr

    1.1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Filters, effects and stickers for high quality photo editing

    8
    443 votes
    • PROS: Makes photo editing easy for anyone, Excellent usability, Quality results, Wide range of filters and effects
    • CONS: Lack of advanced tools, RAM consumption could be better
  • GIMP

    2.10.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Open source image editor gets even better

    6
    773 votes
    • PROS: Multiplatform, Powerful image editing tools, Lots of interface tweaks to make it newbie friendly, Single-window mode, FINALLY runs natively on the Mac
    • CONS: Can't view multiple items in single-window mode, Not many included automated features
  • Inkscape

    0.92.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    A Top-Quality Graphic Design Software that’s Free

    7
    1279 votes
    • PROS: A great tool to get started, Free tool; easy and quick to download and install, Completely free
    • CONS: Processing can be speedier, Large file handling could be unstable
  • MyPaint

    0.9.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Create artistic drawings on your PC

    7
    630 votes
    • PROS: Lots of brushes to choose from, Simple interface, Support for pressure sensitive graphic tablets
    • CONS: Using it with a mouse is not that fun
  • Krita Desktop

    3.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Krita Desktop can free you from paid paint programs

    8
    87 votes
    • PROS: Free, yet as good as the major brands, Always being updated, Customizable and powerful, Get community add-ons and more
    • CONS: There will always be that one feature you miss
  • FireAlpaca

    1.0.17

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    A free image editor with great potential

    7
    502 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
  • Autodesk Pixlr

    (Pixlr Express)

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Touch up your photos with more than 600 effects and filters

    7
    39 votes
    • PROS: Over 600 filters and effects, Ability to favorite filters and effects, Easy to crop, resize, and fix red-eye, Easily share to other apps
    • CONS: Filters and effects take too long to load, Cramped interface
  • Perfect Resize

    (Genuine Fractals) 7.5.3

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Professional enlargement of images within Adobe CS6

    6
    158 votes
    • PROS: Enlarge images to any size, Highly accurate enlargements, Integration with Adobe CS6 suite, Plenty of tutorials
    • CONS: Not suitable for beginners, Doesn't handle semi-Aimed mainly at professionalsareas and hard edges as well
  • Pinta

    1.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac
    Windows

    A simpler alternative to GIMP

    6
    55 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to use, Support for layers, Nice set of drawing tools and photo effects, Unlimited undo-redo
    • CONS: Still in development, Some tools are disabled, May be unstable, Requires Mono
  • Pixlr Editor

    License
    free
    Platform
    Web Apps

    Powerful, fully featured online image editor

    7
    1122 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
  • Greenfish Icon Editor Pro

    1.72

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Excellent icon editor with professional tools

    7
    217 votes
    • PROS: Works with many graphic formats (not only icons), Can extract icons from files and convert images to icons, Excellent set of drawing and editing tools
    • CONS: Interface menus need to be arranged
  • Adobe Illustrator Draw

    4.0.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    iPhone

    A Free program for iPhone‚ by Adobe

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    No votes yet
    • Perfect Effects

      Free 3.0.2

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Edit and add filters to your photos

      7
      237 votes
      • PROS: Great filters included, Perform basic edits, Layer support, Standalone program or add-on
      • CONS: Interface could be more elegant, Large download
    • RealWorld Paint

      2011.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free image editor with surprisingly powerful features

      7
      120 votes
      • PROS: Easy to use, intuitive interface, Lets you scan images, import them from the Clipboard or take screenshots, Advanced features: support for layers, masks, shadows and more
      • CONS: Not as many options as a professional image editor
    • Photobie

      6

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Graphics editor with multi-layer support

      6
      72 votes
      • PROS: Supports multi-layer editing, Supports screen capturing, Transparent-effect interface
      • CONS: Not pleasant to use, Steep learning curve
    • PictBear

      2.04

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A free image editor and paint tool for PCs

      6
      19 votes
      • PROS: Support for layers, Support for brushes, Relatively comprehensive paint tool and image editor
      • CONS: Takes awhile to learn all of the features
    • Aseprite

      2016

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Create Incredible Pixel Art & Animations

      7
      1 vote
      • PROS: Ability to make animations, Expansive toolset
      • CONS: UI is useful but looks outdated, No ability to insert text
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