Once reserved for professionals, photo editing softwares have become more popular in recent years. Today, millions of amateurs use digital tools to tweak the appearance of their photos to meet their requirements. For people new to this field, the question arises as to which solution to choose.

Pixlr: a simple and online editor

We chose Pixlr for several reasons: it is free, easy to learn and fully online (compatible with all popular web browsers). To use it, it’s straightforward, go to the editor’s page and launch one of its two tools: Pixlr X or Pixlr Editor.

Pixlr X is the software for beginners. Its interface can be used in a few minutes. This web app integrates the essential functions for editing and retouching. It allows you to resize the photo, to rotate it, to reverse it, select parts to keep or delete, adjust saturation, contrast, brightness, exposure and play with shadows. It also proposes to modify filters for sharpness, blur, grain, smoothing or to apply effects such as pixelation or mosaic. It also offers the possibility to select an effect from a predefined palette (retro, colors, shades, etc.), add text or drawings, choose a border or affix a sticker.

GIMP: a free, high-quality solution

For those who cannot invest in a subscription for Adobe Photoshop, there are fortunately quite complete and completely free alternatives. GIMP is undoubtedly one of them. This image processing and retouching software is free and will not strain your budget.

That of Adobe Photoshop inspires its interface, the image to be worked on is located between two side panels allowing you to select the desired tool on one side, then apply the related functions on the other. This means that, like Adobe Photoshop, the software is not designed primarily for beginners. However, it is possible to consult a very comprehensive user manual in French or multiple tutorials (in English) on the GIMP website.

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom: the references

Abode Photoshop is so familiar that it has been gradually integrated into the language of everyday life. It must be said that Adobe Photoshop is currently by far a complete solution for editing your photos. Professionals have understood this well since they almost all use it. At first, the interface can put off beginners who may feel a little lost.

It takes a little courage and perseverance to master the program. But when you get there, the possibilities are exciting. It allows the user to navigate between the different panels while being able to activate the primary tools with a single click.