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Top 5 FREE Photo Editing Software

Professional photo-editing applications are not always cheap, nor are they easy to master without formal training. With this in mind, we are taking a look at the Top 5 Free Photo-editing software on the market in 2021. This will hopefully help you out with your railway photography.

List of the Top 5 FREE Photo Editing Software

GNU Image Manipulation Program – GIMP 

Often heralded as the best free alternative to Photoshop, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an open-source application that relies on a community of volunteer developers who maintain and improve the product. It’s available for MacOS, Windows, and Linux. It provides many professional-level editing and retouching tools — perfect for designers who can’t or won’t shell out hundreds of dollars for Adobe Photoshop. 

Paint.NET – Paint.NET 

Paint.NET is a great example of the apprentice becoming the master. It was created as a college undergraduate senior’s design project mentored by Microsoft. It continues to be maintained by alumni of the program. The software initially was developed as a free alternative to Microsoft Paint, which comes standard with Windows. Paint.NET has surpassed Microsoft Paint in functionality and also provides more advanced features. 

Adobe Photoshop Express – Photoshop Express 

If the above options seem too derivative or you want more of the Adobe experience without the associated price, then Photoshop Express is another option worth considering. Although lighter on features compared with the premium Photoshop model, the Express variant does have several excellent options for editing photos and has a much more gradual learning curve. 

Pixlr Software – Pixlr 

Pixlr provides two tools you can access for free: Pixlr X (express) and Pixlr E (advanced). Both provide the essential editing tools, limited layers, and relatively few stickers. On these two tools it will show adverts. You can upgrade to Premium or Creative Pack to remove ads and unlock additional features. 

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom – Adobe Lightroom Mobile app 

With Adobe Lightroom on mobile, you can expect to make many of the adjustments you’d normally do with other editing apps: cropping, adjusting the lighting, customizing the colour, adding effects, sharpening, or adding filters. The app itself is easy to navigate as it has a minimal interface with clearly labelled icons and simple to use sliders and toggles to help you quickly adjust certain aspects of your photos. 


That sums up our look at the best free Photo-editing software options for 2021. As the above list proves, there is no reason to spend money to produce great photo edits. Please do not be put off by trying to get a achieve professional editing because of your budget. Instead, look for software that matches your skill level and has the set of features needed. As they are free, don’ be afraid to try out several before finding the one that suits your work the most. Happy editing!

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