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Photo editing programs: Do you want to edit some photos that you have not managed very well or have small defects? Well, if you intend to proceed from a computer, I have a list of photo editing programs that should be for you: they are almost all free and, while integrating various advanced photo editing tools, they are very simple to use.

Indeed, some of the software I will tell you about are included “standard” in Windows and macOS; others, however, can be downloaded separately. There are also services that can be used directly from the browser and apps to be installed on smartphones and tablets and used on the move.

So, you want to deepen your knowledge of these photo editing programs? Very well! Make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to focus on reading the next few lines and, more importantly, try to put the directions I will give you into practice. There is nothing left for me to do, except to wish you happy reading and have fun!

Free photo editing programs

Let’s start by getting to know some free photo editing programs: I’m sure they will be able to fully satisfy your needs, whether you have a Windows PC or a Mac.

Windows 10 photo

Windows 10 photo

Your PC is upgraded to Windows 10? In this case, you can retouch your photos using some editing functions present in the application Photo, or the default image reader of the latest major release of the Microsoft operating system.

To use it, double click on the photo of your interest or right click on its preview and select the items Open with> Photos from the menu that opens. After opening the photo of your interest with the program in question, click on the button Edit and create located at the top right and select the item Edit from the menu that opens.

At this point, through the card Rule located at the top right, select one of the tools available to correct the main parameters of the photo (e.g. light, color, Red eyes, etc.).

When you are satisfied with the changes made to the image, click the button Save (the icon of floppy disk), so as to save the output image. Simpler than that ?!

GIMP (Windows / macOS / Linux)

Program to edit photos

GIMP is another solution you can turn to to retouch your shots: it is an excellent free, open source and multi-platform program which, according to many, is the best free alternative to Photoshop. It has dozens of brushes, advanced filters to apply special effects to images and is structured with an interface, divided into three parts, which is really very comfortable to use. It supports all the main graphic file formats, both for reading and writing, and is also suitable for those who are only taking their first steps in the world of photo editing.

To use GIMP on your PC, you must first download it. So connect to his download page, click the red button Download x.x.xx and, on the page that opens, press the orange button Download GIMP x.x.xx directly. Once the download is complete, open the file you got and follow the instructions that appear on the screen, to complete the setup.

If you use Windows, click the button Yup and then click on the buttons OK, Install is end. If you use a Macinstead, drag GIMP to the folder Applications of macOS, right click on the software icon and select the item You open twice in a row, in order to overcome the restrictions imposed by Apple on uncertified software (you only have to do it the first time you start GIMP).

At this point, you are ready to edit a photo with GIMP. So go to the menu File> Open (top left) and, after choosing the file you want to act on, use the program editor to make the desired changes.

In central window software, you can see the photo you imported into GIMP, while on the left there is the toolbar which allows you to call up the various tools that can be used to make changes to the image (e.g. add text using the Text tool, clone portions of photos to cover defects in the image via the Clone tool, etc.). On the right of the screen, however, there is the panel that allows you to manage the levels image, the channels of color, i tracked and view the chronology of the changes made. When finished, you can save the changes made by selecting the item Save as … from the menu File.

If you want to deepen your knowledge of GIMP, I suggest you take a look at tutorial I dedicated to the program. I am sure it will help you.

Paint .NET (Windows)

Program to edit photos

Another useful program for retouching your photos is Paint .Net, born as a revised and corrected version of the Windows Paint (even if it is not produced by Microsoft) and over time has become one of the favorite photo editing programs by users who simply need to “fix” their photos, without the need for tools particularly advanced. It allows you to adjust the colors, contrast and brightness of the photos, correct various defects and apply various interesting filters that can also act on the individual levels of the images.

Paint.NET is free, but I point out the possibility of purchasing a paid version from Microsoft Store at the price of 6.99 euros, which allows you to make a contribution to its development. I also point out that, to work, Paint .NET requires the use of the component Microsoft .NET Framework (if it is not installed on your computer, you can download it from This Page).

To download Paint .NET for free, go to This Page, click on the link x.x.xx located at the top right (under the wording Free Download Now) and, once the download is complete, open theZIP archive you got and run the program which is located inside.

In the window that opens, click on the button Yup, put the check mark on the wording rapid (actually it should already be checked), click on the button Forward, put the check mark on the wording I accept and, in conclusion, press on the buttons Forward is end. After installing and starting Paint .NET, select the entry You open… from the menu File, which is located at the top, and select the image you want to retouch.

Then use the program interface to make the desired changes. By means of the instrument panel, located at the top left, you can use the tools that allow you to select portions of photos, add writing, draw on the image and so on. By means of the color panel, on the bottom left, however, you can select the color of the drawing tool you want to use to draw on the image, while using the level panel, at the bottom right, you can manage the levels.

If you want to change the parameters of the photos with Paint .NET, instead, I suggest you go to the menu Settings, at the top, and select the parameter to be modified (e.g. Black and white, Brightness / Contrast … and so on). By opening the menu Effectsinstead, you can change the sharpness, blur, distortion, etc.

When you have finished making changes to the image, remember to save the output file by selecting the item Save with name… from the menu File. Simple, right?

MacOS. Pictures

Crop function of the macOS Photos application

Use a Mac? In this case, know that you can retouch your shots by acting directly from the application Photo pre-installed in macOS. To take advantage of it, start the latter by clicking on its icon (that of the stylized flower) present on the bar Dock or in Launchpad, locate the photo you want to edit and double-click on it thumbnail.

If the photo you want to edit is not already in the program library, drag it with the mouse to the main window of the latter.

Now, in the screen that has opened, click on the button Edit, located at the top right, and makes the desired changes to the image. Among the various things, you can adjust the image parameters using the tab Rule, apply presets on the fly (using the card filters) and possibly cut out the image (via the card Crop).

When you are satisfied with the changes made to the photo, remember to save them by clicking on the button end, which appears to be located in the upper right corner of the window. Simple, right?

Other free photo editing programs

Other free photo editing programs

There are so many other free photo editing programs that deserve to be taken into consideration to retouch their shots. Here are some very valid solutions for Windows and macOS.

  • PhotoWorks (Windows) – it is a photo editing program that boasts a simple and intuitive user interface and some advanced functions that allow you to correct defects, apply filters, remove skin imperfections and anything else
  • PhotoFiltre (Windows) – is an application that allows you to edit photos through some ready-to-use filters and through some simple photo editing tools. It doesn’t offer advanced editing tools, but this shouldn’t be a problem for those who don’t need to heavily retouch their shots.
  • Paintbrush (MacOS) – is an application for macOS that integrates a simple and intuitive user interface, characterized by the presence of useful tools both for editing photos and drawing on them. This solution is also suitable for those who have no particular needs.

Professional photo editing programs

Let us now turn to the part dedicated to professional photo editing programs, or those software designed to be used by experienced photo editing users and, of course, also professionals in the sector.

Photoshop (Windows / macOS)

Program to edit photos

A name, a program. Adobe Photoshop It is the most famous and used photo editing software in the world, thanks to which enthusiasts and professionals in the sector can modify, correct and transform any digital image by applying dozens of special effects. Its user interface, with the advance of the versions, becomes less and less cumbersome and easier to use even for less expert users.

The program is paid – as it requires the subscription of the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, which starts from 12.19 euros / month – but one is available free trial version without functional limits that allows you to fully test the potential of the program for a period of 7 days.

After downloaded and installed Photoshop on your computer, select the entry You open from the menu File (top left) and choose the image to edit. Then select one of the tools in the toolbar located on the left and act directly on the image located in the central pane. On the right, however, you can find the level panel which allows you to manage and organize them better.

Given the complexity of using this program and its countless features, reading my guide on how to use Photoshop it will certainly be useful to you, if you want to start mastering the famous Adobe software.

PhotoWorks (Windows)


If you are looking for a professional level photo editing program that, however, is not too expensive or difficult to use, I can only advise you PhotoWorks. It is a photo editing software for Windows that combines an extremely intuitive user interface (structured in comfortable tabs and also translated into Italian) with a number of advanced features, such as i automatic filters to automatically correct portrait imperfections; the tools of facial modeling to change proportions / dimensions of nose, mouth and eyes; the function of background change to cut out subjects and change the background of photos quickly; the color filters applicable in one click and – for more advanced users – the ability to work with i RAW files and granularly adjust all the technical parameters of the image.

To download the 5-day trial version of PhotoWorks, connect to official program website and click on the button Download it now, located in the center of the page. So start the .exe file obtained and, in the window that opens, click on the buttons Yup, OK is Forward. Then add the check mark next to the item I accept the terms of the license agreement and finish the setup by pressing in sequence on Forward three times in a row (uncheck the box Sends system information about software operations, if you don’t want to send anonymous usage statistics) and then on Install is end.

Installation of PhotoWorks

Once installation is complete, start PhotoWorks through its icon appearing on the Windows desktop (or from the Start menu) and choose if to continue with the trial version or if enter a key, to activate one of the competing versions of the software through a license key.

At this point, click on the button Open photos present in the center of the program window, choose the photo to be modified and use the tabs at the top and the menus that appear laterally to apply the desired changes. In the tab Improvement find the adjustment bars to change all the basic parameters of the image (divided into the tabs Main, colors is Sharpness); in the card Instruments find tools like those for cut out the image, adjust the parameters of geometry, colors, curves, apply the vignetting is change background to the photo. The latter tool works in an almost magical way: it is enough to “color” the subjects to be kept green first, then the background to be red with red and so you can change the background of the shot in a few clicks.


By moving to the tab Retouching, you can find other PhotoWorks highlights, such as the function Magic portrait, which allows you to automatically improve faces with a single click, and tools facial modeling, to change the proportions and dimensions of the nose, mouth and eyebrows. In addition, there are the corrective brush, to remove unwanted elements from photos, the tool clone stamp, that of red eye removal and much more. Finally, in the cards Effects is Text there are, respectively, color filters divided into categories and tools to add personalized texts and stickers to the photo.

Once all the desired changes have been applied (you can cancel or repeat the last action carried out easily, using the appropriate arrow icons), you can save your photo by clicking on the button Save (top right), by adjusting the level of quality the output file and pressing the button Save. I also point out that by clicking on the icon of theeye you can see the original photo, while clicking on the icon of the photo with the divider in the middle you can compare it with the retouched one.

The full version of PhotoWorks is available in three editions: PhotoWorks Standard, which for 14 euros offers all the essential editing tools, corrects blurry images, improves portraits in one click and eliminates unwanted objects from photos; PhotoWorks Deluxe, which for 21 euros adds perspective / distortion correction and 150 photographic effects to be applied in one click and, finally, PhotoWorks Pro which for 27.30 euros also adds the function to change / remove the background from the photos. For more information, consult the official program website.

Other professional photo editing programs

Pixelmator Pro

There are also other professional photo editing programs which I advise you to evaluate, as they could be useful for making various changes to your shots, without necessarily subscribing to subscriptions.

  • Affinity Photo (Windows / MacOS) – is a professional photo editing program that provides a vast set of advanced editing tools, which justify its purchase price: 54.99 euros one-off.
  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite (Windows / MacOS) – it is a professional suite for graphics and photo editing, which includes various software for editing and managing images. It costs 699 euros and you can test its features for free for a limited trial period.
  • Pixelmator Pro (MacOS) – it is a powerful and at the same time simple to use photo editing application, which you can buy for 43.99 euros on the Mac App Store.

Free online photo editing programs in Italian

As I anticipated in the introduction of the article, there are also some free online photo editing programs in Italian which can be used directly from browser: let’s see some of them up close.



One of the best web applications for retouching photos online is Photopea, which is free, available in Italian and functioning without the use of additional plugins, as it is based on HTML5 technology. Before describing how it works, let me remind you that there is a paid version of the service, which starts from $ 5 / month, which is free of the advertising banners present in the free version.

To take advantage of the free version of Photopea, go to the home page of the service, click on (X) located at the top right (to remove the welcome message that appeared on the screen) and translate the application interface into Italian, selecting the item Italian from the menu More> Language, located in the upper right corner of the screen.

Now, select the item You open from the menu File and import the photo to retouch. To retouch the imported shot, you can use both the tools integrated in the toolbar located on the left and on the shooting parameters through the functions present, for example, in the menus Image> Adjustments is Filter> Sharpen.

When you are satisfied with the work done, select the item Export as from the menu File, select the format in which to export the image (e.g. PNG, JPG, SVG, etc.) and then click the button Save, to complete the operation.

Other free online photo editing programs in Italian

Pixlr X

If Photopea seems too complicated to use, try these others free online photo editing programs in Italian.

  • Pixlr X – is a web application dedicated to image editing. Since it is based on the WebGL library and uses the HTML5 Canvas elements, to work, it does not require the installation of additional plugins.
  • Polar® – is a well-known online photo editing service that allows you to retouch your shots by applying ready-to-use filters.
  • BeFunky – is another web application dedicated to photo editing that also integrates some useful tools for making small graphic works and even some photo collages. Basically, it is free, but by subscribing to the Premium version (starting from $ 6.99 / month), you can eliminate the advertising that characterizes the free version and take advantage of some extra features.

App for photo editing

If you want to use some photo editing app for smartphones and tablets, in order to touch up your shots on the move, consult the list of solutions that you find below: I’m sure it will come in handy.

  • Snapseed (Android/iOS / iPadOS) – one of the best photo editing apps that is developed by Google and which features a simple and well-organized interface, which offers the possibility of using various editing tools and even some ready-to-use filters.
  • VSCO Cam (Android/iOS / iPadOS) – those who want to retouch their shots by applying ready-to-use presets, cannot fail to take into consideration VSCO Cam. The app, however, also integrates some editing functions that allow you to act on some shooting parameters.
  • Photoshop Mix (Android/iOS / iPadOS) – is one of Photoshop’s mobile transpositions which, in addition to allowing modification of the main shooting parameters, allows you to act on multiple levels and create photomontages thanks to tools that allow you to cut out the subjects and superimpose them on other images in a few taps .

For more information about the use of these and others photo editing app, also read the guide that I have entirely dedicated to the topic. I am sure it will help you.