Best photo editing applications on Windows in 2019

Phones and many other devices become better at taking photos, often at editing photos. Professionals still need a PC to make a perfect photo editing. You may look for a lightweight application to improve an image or a professional app. You will find the ideal app for you, free or paid.

Industry-standard Adobe Photoshop

This app is the standard for professional designers. Adobe Photoshop offers the possibility to handle complex multi-layer editing. Photoshop is well known as the best photo editor for industrial purposes. It allows all manipulations to make beautiful images. Another advantage Adobe Photoshop works with After Effects, Premiere Pro and Lightroom.

Adobe Photoshop offers a set of professional tools. You can turn your shots into real art. You can remove objects, adjust, retouch, and adjust photos. It is possible to play with effects and colors. Photoshop is what you need to turn a stock photo into a breath-taking image.

You will enjoy the power of the paintbrush.  It is possible to paint and draw with advance tools. Stroke smoothing offers the possibility to have a polished look. You can use pens, pencils, brushes, and markers. Your work will look real.

Photoshop on iPad

Photoshop also works on the iPad. You don’t need another tool anymore. You can create unreal images. Everything you know is available on the iPad too. All familiar tools you used on desktop work fine on the iPad. Spot healing and retouching, blend mode, and more tools work fine on the iPad. You may ask more questions about the resolution.

You can work with layers, and the PSD files are the same. Your imagination can take you anywhere. You can profit from Photoshop flexibility. It is possible to start working on desktop and continue with your iPad. So, you can work on the road or your couch.

As you know, Photoshop is a part of a great family of applications. The next generation of tools working together is ready to help you to become more creative. Adobe dimension allows creating 3D images, for example.

To use Adobe Photoshop, you need to pay $10/month.

Affinity Photo

This app is a  photo editor with many similarities with Adobe Photoshop. You can use multi-layers editing and most image formats. Affinity Photo has a unique feature. You can undo history to scrub a part of your editing work. The app offers a large scale of tools to meet a professional editor’s necessity. Professionals trust the application.  You can make quick corrections, retouching, or create intricate works of art. It is possible to use hundreds of payers.

The software doesn’t require a subscription. You need to pay only once $50 at Microsoft.

Open-source – GIMP

The app is considered by many the best open source photo editor. GIMP has a large scale of tools and can work fine with third-party plugins. It is versatile and helps you provide a set of useful tutorials. The interface is customizable. The widget theme allows changing colors, icons sizes widget spacing, and custom tools in the toolbox. The interface has lots of modules, named docks. The modules will enable us to stack them into tabs. You can keep them open is each other window. You press the tab key to toggle them hidden. GIMP also allows you to preview the artwork and edit it while using the most of your screen.

Photo enhancement

Many digital photos have imperfections. You can quickly correct them with GIMP. The perspective distortion (usually caused by the lens) is solved using the corrective mode (transform tools). A filter from a simple interface eliminates distortions. The channel mixer gives the flexibility to transform a black/white photo into a work of art.

Digital retouching

GIMP is perfect for photo retouching. The clone tools allow getting rid of unwanted details. The healing tool plays an important role, and the clone tool allows to clone objects with perspective.

Hardware support

Gimp has unique support for many input devices, such as tablets and USB controllers. The file format ranges from JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PNG to individual formats, such as multicolor depth Windows files. You can extend GIMP’s format using a plugin, such as a PSD plugin.

You can upload files from remote locations. GIMP uses protocols such as HTTP, FTP, SMB, and SFTP/ SSH. In order to save space,  the program saves all formats in an archive format, such as BZ2, GZ, or ZIP. GIMP works on most common platforms: GNU/Linux, Windows, Sun Open Solaris, and Mac OS X. The application is free.

Polarr Pro

The app allows you to make distortions and edit with no having to break your keyboard or mouse.  You can edit your stylus or mouse. You can do everything necessary to create a work of art. It is possible to do all necessary operations from global modifications to retouches.  Polarr works fine for beginners and professional photographers. The novices appreciate the advanced auto-enhance tools. There are sophisticated filters to fix all the details of your image. Professional photographers appreciate curve tools, local adjustments, and layer support. Polarr works fine on Android.

Here are a few functions:

  • Complex blending mode
  • Depth adjustments and dual-lens effects
  • Local adjustment tool
  • Set of masking
  • Face editing tools
  • Create, customize your filters. You can share your filters
  • Photo extension

Polarr offers some interesting filters

  • Make your filters
  • Start with basic filter, then grow with pro filters
  • Sync filters between your own devices


  • Superimpose images with ten blending modes
  • Add effects like weather effects, clouds, flares, and light leaks
  • Create a flavor or duotone your images with presets

Local adjustments:

  • Adjust a photo-based on depth with a dual camera (depth mask)
  • Draw your mask (brush mask)
  • Selective adjustment with colors (color mask)
  • Circular adjustment over your image (radial mask)
  • Adjust your photo over a gradient (gradient mask)

$70 at Microsoft

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