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
    29381 votes
    • PROS: Amazing free application, Lots of special effects and filters, Many extra tools to work with your photos
    • CONS: Nothing so far
  • Audacity

    2.2.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Free virtual studio for Windows computers

    7
    6602 votes
    • PROS: Works with all popular audio formats, Contains all relevant filters and tools
    • CONS: Crashes occasionally, Program interface no longer appropriate
  • ManyCam

    5.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Add fun special effects to your webcam

    7
    3512 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
  • Adobe After Effects

    4.3.0.260

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Create stunning professional special effects

    7
    3735 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
  • FireAlpaca

    1.0.17

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    A free image editor with great potential

    7
    487 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
  • Portable Windows Movie Maker

    6.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Standalone easy-to-use video editor

    6
    680 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
  • Adobe Photoshop Fix

    1.0.466

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Professional and Intuitive Photoshop Tool for Mobile Phones

    9
    30 votes
    • 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.
  • Photo Booth for Windows 7

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Take photos with your webcam and share them online

    6
    1939 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
  • Aimersoft Video Editor

    3.6.2

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Free and Comprehensive Video Editing Software

    7
    55 votes
    • PROS: Aimersoft Video Editor is free to download and install on a personal computer., More than 100 editing tools are provided alongside 50 special effects.
    • CONS: Modern operating systems are not supported by this bundle., There is no version currently available for smartphone users.
  • Photo Pos Pro

    3.10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Great graphic editor packed with functions

    7
    474 votes
    • PROS: Great array of editing and drawing tools, Support for layers and special effects, Optimization tools
    • CONS: Not very intuitive interface
  • ArcSoft PhotoStudio

    6.0.0.172

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Fix and enhance your photos in different ways

    7
    463 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
  • PhoXo

    8.2.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free, simple photo editor with powerful features

    8
    140 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
  • MorphVOX Mac

    1.2.4

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Digitally Change your Voice

    3
    87 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
  • Jingle Keyboard

    2.4

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Special Software for Typists

    6
    61 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Lots of different effects to choose from
    • CONS: Only free trial available, Rather Limited in its scope
  • WebcamMax

    8.0.0.8

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    WebcamMax

    7
    647 votes
    • PROS: Lots of special effects for your webcam, Allows you to broadcast Picture in Picture
    • CONS: Adding effects can take up more bandwidth, Effects can look tacky/unrealistic
  • DJ Audio Editor

    5.3.0

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Simple tool to edit and change your favourite tracks

    7
    220 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use editor, Record audio from various inputs, Good for adding special effects to music
    • CONS: Limited for serious editing tasks
  • Wedding Album Maker Gold

    2.77

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Remember your special day in style

    7
    250 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
  • Wax

    2.0e

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free Software for Video Editors

    6
    209 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
  • Vegas Movie Studio

    15

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Video editing software for beginners

    6
    176 votes
    • PROS: Simple to use and easy to understand, Visually sync your soundtrack to your movie, Enhance images and add special effects, Create your own original soundtrack
    • CONS: Professionals and paid amateurs will require more complex software, Creating soundtracks with the music maker is very labour intensive
  • MPEG Video Wizard DVD

    5.0

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Easy video editor with loads of special effects

    7
    71 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Classic video editor structure, Includes title editor, Includes a bunch of special filters and effects, Helps you create a DVD with DVD menu templates
    • CONS: Interface could be improved
Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
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13.7293817.7Windows
22.2.166027.2Windows, Mac
35.535127.1Windows, Mac
44.3.0.26037356.7Windows, Mac
51.019396.1Windows