Download Special Effects - Best Software & Apps

  • Photoscape

    3.7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    An amazing free photo editor with lots of extra tools

    8
    13412 votes
    • PROS:Amazing free application, Lots of special effects and filters, Many extra tools to work with your photos
    • CONS:Nothing so far
  • Audacity

    2.2.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Free virtual studio for Windows computers

    7
    687 votes
    • PROS:Works with all popular audio formats, Contains all relevant filters and tools
    • CONS:Crashes occasionally, Program interface no longer appropriate
  • Adobe After Effects

    CC 2015

    License
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    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Create stunning professional special effects

    6
    1683 votes
    • PROS:Integrated with other packages in CC suite, Huge selection of effect templates, Logical structured workflow, Collection of handy plug-ins, Incredibly powerful
    • CONS:Takes a lot of learning, Some video formats not supported, Requires monthly subscription to CC
  • Adobe Photoshop Fix

    1.0.466

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Professional and Intuitive Photoshop Tool for Mobile Phones

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    No votes yet
    • PROS:Many new special effects for users to enjoy., This application still maintains the traditional 'feel' of Adobe Photoshop.,
    • CONS:This software may cause older operating systems to run slower due to its file size., Some features such as a histogram display and a white-balance correction are not available within this version.,
  • ManyCam

    5.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Add fun special effects to your webcam

    7
    2293 votes
    • PROS:Lots of fun effects, Everything from backgrounds to accessories, More free effects on the developer site
    • CONS:Effects are poorly positioned, Resizing images often results in a black screen,
  • Portable Windows Movie Maker

    6.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Standalone easy-to-use video editor

    7
    125 votes
    • PROS:Great for beginners in video editing, Includes many effects and special filters, Includes a title and credits tool, Can export to various formats
    • CONS:Too basic for more advanced users
  • Photo Booth for Windows 7

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Take photos with your webcam and share them online

    6
    1411 votes
    • PROS:More than 12 special effects for your webcam, No installation required, Works with all webcams, Lets you share photos on Facebook and Twitter,
    • CONS:Photo roll is reset every time you run the program, Background effects don't work, It doesn't record video
  • 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
  • ArcSoft PhotoStudio

    6.0.0.172

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    Fix and enhance your photos in different ways

    7
    191 votes
    • PROS:Lots of tools to edit, fix and enhance your photos, Includes great filters and special effects, Support for layers and macros
    • CONS:Not as feature-rich as other graphic editors, Strangely old-fashioned appearance
  • Wax

    2.0e

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free Software for Video Editors

    6
    117 votes
    • PROS:Supports a wide range of formats, Easy to use, Can be used to create special effects,
    • CONS:The appearance is rather old fashioned, Not available on all operating systems,
  • MorphVOX Mac

    1.2.4

    License
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    Platform
    Mac

    Digitally Change your Voice

    4
    101 votes
    • PROS:Change your voice with a variety of filters, Add background sounds and special effects for great audio clips, Available for Mac OS and Windows PC,
    • CONS:Not a free program you must purchase a license in order to use this software,
  • Photo Pos Pro

    3.10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Great graphic editor packed with functions

    7
    329 votes
    • PROS:Great array of editing and drawing tools, Support for layers and special effects, Optimization tools
    • CONS:Not very intuitive interface
  • Wedding Album Maker Gold

    2.77

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    Remember your special day in style

    7
    301 votes
    • PROS:Tons of transitions and effects, Supports Clipart effects, Allows you to print your own CD covers, Guests can view photos on DVD
    • CONS:No indication what size paper you need for printing CD covers
  • DJ Audio Editor

    5.3.0

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    Simple tool to edit and change your favourite tracks

    7
    144 votes
    • PROS:Easy to use editor, Record audio from various inputs, Good for adding special effects to music
    • CONS:Limited for serious editing tasks
  • StarCraft II: Starter Edition

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Download StarCraft 2 for free and start playing

    7
    322 votes
    • PROS:More content than just a demo, High-quality graphics and special effects, Progress and achievements are carried over to the full game, Lets you have a taste of single-player and multi-player games
    • CONS:Lacks lots from the full version
  • particleIllusion

    3.0.4

    License
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    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Create amazing special effects in seconds

    7
    247 votes
    • PROS:Bunches of effects, Very good quality effects
    • CONS:Interface is a little counterintuitive, Using parameters not always easy, Steep learning curve
  • Warblade

    1.34

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    Shoot-em-up based on the Amiga classic

    7
    188 votes
    • PROS:100 levels, Special effects and bonuses
    • CONS:Typical space shoot'em up
  • PhotoScape Portable

    3.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Portable version of an awesome free photo editor

    8
    488 votes
    • PROS:An amazing photo editor you can always carry with you, Loads of filters, special effects and clipart, Includes extra tools to take snapshots, rename files, convert RAW photos and more
    • CONS:None so far
  • Pixlr-o-matic

    2.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    Web Apps
    iPhone

    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
  • PhoXo

    8.2.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free, simple photo editor with powerful features

    7
    124 votes
    • PROS:Supports masks and layers, More than 50 special photo effects, Lots of frames and clipart included, Quick and light on system resources
    • CONS:No documentation included, Baja calidad de algunas herramientas, Materiales todavía escasos
Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
#NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
13.7134127.5Windows
25.522937.2Windows, Mac
32.2.06876.7Windows, Mac
4CC 201516836.4Windows, Mac
51.014115.8Windows