Free image editing softwares

Many of you may be of the opinion that photo editing softwares are something which require a lot of disk space and are difficult to use. But there are some lite weight free image editing softwares which do not hog lot of disk space and are very easy to use. Here are some of the famous and best light weight imaged editing softwares.


By far, Both techies and users agree that Gimp is the best light weight image edit app in the market.With large number of  tutorials available, using Gimp becomes hassle free.Gimp has a great platform support as it works with  Windows,Mac,Linux and even  FreeBSD and Sun OpenSolaris. With professional editing tools, Gimp can be easily used by both amateurs and professionals.


One of the smallest sized image editing software in the market, Paint.Net is an open source freeware editor with basic and intermediate  filters and  layers, history and has an actions manager.Given its free price tag, Paint.NET is a must have for all .


The English version of the famous Japanese painting and retouch software,Pixia offers many photoshop-like capabilities like layers, multiple undo’s, and plug-ins and will also accept Photoshop’s plugins.With little practise, Pixia can do anything the other softwares offer to do with the difference that it is free.Photos can also directly be acquired from any camera or scanner which boosts its compatibility.


Supporting  SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping, Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, and direct XML editing. Considering its price for its pro version, Inkscape offers quite a large set of features. A unique feature of inkscape is that every layer or filter can be set numerically rather graphically which allows even the amateurs to use inkscape. If you are looking out for professional image editing, inkscape might prove to be the right choice for you. For those looking for an alternative to Adobe illustrator, Inkscape might do good for you.


Seashore is a software which is though advanced enough for professional use but still not polished and capable enough for professional use.But one of the biggest drawback of seashore is its user interface.The interface takes a lot of time till you get used to and even the tools may require too many extra clicks.

6.Xara Xtreme

Even if you don’t have any image editing experience, using xara xtreme will not be much difficult.Low price, easy interface, undoubtedly, Xara can be  a powerful alternate to the other professional illustrators available. It is a vector-based drawing and illustration program, suitable for Web graphics, illustration, technical drawing etc.Biggest flaw in Xara is its narrow OS support. Xara has only been developed for Windows yet.


Chocoflop is a graphics manipulation programme for mac which can be useful for quick image edits. Chocoflop supports Rich Text Layers, Paint tools with table pressure support. Users have complained that chocoflop crashes sometimes but there is no harm in trying it once because u only risk time.


Developed for Mac only, Pixen is a must for those in the field of animation and those who have keen interest in low resolution art. The best thing about Pixen is that it is free under an MIT license.Pixen is a graphics editor that is especially designed for use with small-sized graphics such as sprites for games which though have disappeared with the technological advancement but still come in handy for gadgets such as iPod.


Winner of the akademy award for best application in 2006, Krita is a part of Koffice suite and has been lauded by the experts for its ease of use.Although less powerful than Photoshop or any other tool, Krita does contains some remarkable unique features


I personally use photoscape and one of the best feature I noticed about it is ease of use. Photoscape is so easy to use that even a kid can edit pictures without much help.But the layers,filters are of intermediate quality. Overall Photoscape does not boasts high quality editing and is no good for professional use.

Other than these softwares, some online image editing tools are also available. Some of them are:

There are many online image editors available on the web.


2.Photoshop Express


4 thoughts on “Best light Image Editors

  • November 9, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    For an article listing software on the basis of their ‘lightness’, it would have been appropriate to mention their size, so that the reader could compare an decide.

  • March 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Good article, but I hate to say it, Gimp and Inkscape are far from light. Maybe you have a 2.7Ghz+ processor, 8Gb Ram, so everything is light on your machine. But on 2.5Ghz, 4Gb Ram, not so much.

    • March 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Thanks for your comment ! Actually, yes you are right ! Gimp n inkscape ‘s new versions are a bit haevy on processing front.But compared to photoshop, its still a win-win 🙂


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