Best Free Image Editor for Windows, GIF Maker/Creator

Photoscape is a free and lightweight image editing software. You can use it as an alternative to Adobe Photoshop, Ulead PhotoImpact, Corel PaintShop Photo Pro or GIMP( The GNU Image Manipulation Program ).

Best Free Image Editor for Windows[ Photoshop Alternative ], GIF Maker/Creator


  • Built-in image viewer, which can be used to replace Picasa, FastStone and ACDsee.
  • Image editor.
    • Paint with brush.
    • Clone stamp.
    • Red eye correction.
    • Mole removal.
    • Apply the mosaic effect to specific area of the photo.
    • Crop the image to specified area, crop to round image.
    • Add tens kinds of icons( cartoon, face, makeup, heart, office, pencil, real picture, stamp, effect, sign, number, illust, Christmas, logo, travel ) to the image.
    • Add text, speech balloon, rich text, symbol, line, box, rounded box, circle, polygon, star to the image.
    • Apply filter to the image: film effect, vignetting, antique photo, region, linear gradient, graduated tint, fake tilt-shift, lens flare, blur, texture, noise, jitter, crystallize, edge, embossing, cellophane, newsprint, pictorialization, distorts, glasstile, make a box, reflection, smart blur, noise reduction, etc.
    • Adjust the level, contrast, brightness, color, sharpen, bloom, backlight.
    • Resize or rotate the image.
    • Invert, negative, black and white, threshold, sepia, grayscale.
    • Add dozens of predefined frames to the photo.
    • Turn your photo into pencil, cartoon, oil painting, colored pencil, watercolor pencil, impressionistic, pastel, pen, water painting, color engraving, monochrome engraving with a single click.( “Home” tab – “Filter” button – “pictorialization” item )
  • Built-in screen capture facility, which can capture full screen, active window or the selected region for you.
  • Built-in color picker.
  • Built-in image splitter which allows to split a big image to multiple smaller images.
  • Built-in gif animator maker/creator, it allows you to create a gif animation file from multiple image files, you can change the interval time between each frame, change the effect( no effect, slide up, slide down, slide to the left/right, convert to black / white / background color ). You can use it as an alternative to Ulead GIF Animator, the latter one will cost you $49.95 to buy.
  • Built-in image combiner, it allows to merge multiple photos into a single large one.
  • Batch image editor.
  • Convert raw formats( dng, crw, cr2, raf, dcr, k25, kdc, mrw, raw, rw2, pef, nef, orf, arw, sr2, srf, x3f, tif, tiff ) to jpg format.
  • Plus many more.

Photoscape works on all Windows platforms including Windows 7, Windows XP, etc.

Photoscape is a 16.52MB download available from CNET and PCWorld.

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