Photo Editing Tools That Aren’t Photoshop

Photo editing software lets designers and developers edit and enhance image files and render visuals for various business needs. Adobe Photoshop is, arguably, the best-known of the bunch, with more than 10 million users worldwide. However, there are other tools that help people create and manipulate digital images. Here are some of them.


Pixlr is a free online photo editing tool for businesses that want to create powerful visuals without downloading any software. Users can create new images or upload photos for editing. Pixlr has a streamlined user interface and basic editing tools––crop, blur, brighten, sharpen and so on––and lets users save their finished documents in a range of file formats.

What Users Say

“I need a free photo editor because I work for a nonprofit organization,” says a user who reviewed Pixlr. “This is a good option because I am not a professional photo editor, nor do I have the time to learn how to be one.”

Fotor Photo Editor

Like Pixlr, Fotor Photo Editor lets designers edit images online and save finished documents on their computer. There is also downloadable software for Windows and Mac users. All versions have editing tools (enhance, crop, resize, straighten and the like), templates, frames and website headers and covers. Users can also create photo montages––ideal for advertising campaigns and marketing material––and social media banners.

What Users Say

“I love that Fotor is free and available online without having to download software,” says a user of Fotor Photo Editor. “It is easy to use and navigate and has many functions.”

Capture One Pro

Photographers use Capture One Pro to create dynamic images. The software suite features editing tools like color grading, adjustment layers and HDR sliders. Photo management features include tags, albums and side-by-side views. Users can purchase the software upfront or pay a monthly subscription; a free version of the program is available to owners of selected Sony cameras.

What Users Say

“This tool is great,” says a user of Capture One Pro. “It’s laid out in a logical way. Just click through tabs as you work through your workflow. You have the option of customizing tools and palettes to suit the way you work. Great for beginners because it makes so much sense, and great for advanced users, too.”


GIMP is an open-source image editor available to download on various operating systems. The program provides users with a range of features for image creation and offers photo-editing guidance through video tutorials. For users who want more features, the GIMP community has an abundance of plugins and extensions for the software, including image manipulation tools and watermark removers.

What Users Say

“I like that it has all the features of Photoshop without the hefty price tag,” says a user who reviewed GIMP. “I can do anything I need in the program. The ability to add your own palettes of tools is a very nice feature. I find that I don’t often use all of the features provided, so the ability to remove unnecessary ones is very nice.”

The photo editing software on this list combines photo management and editing tools so users can create visual documents for websites, brochures, presentations and more. These programs come with features like automatic image enhancement, image size alteration, layers and filters, which optimize photo editing performance.