Paint.NET is a capable image editor and Photoshop alternative that has gathered a following over the years thanks to its freeware nature. This new version adds new features like pressure sensitivity for pen input and GPU rendering for effect plugins.
Photographers may soon be able to see in the dark
Available for Windows, Linux, and macOS, GIMP is a free photo editing tool with the ability to have masks, layers, color adjustments, and a huge library of plug-ins.
FastStone Image Viewer features image editing tools like a healing brush, sharpen/blur, color adjustment, and more with a UI similar to Windows Explorer.
Darktable is a highly sought-after photography app that specializes in non-destructive raw image post-production, acting as a virtual light table and darkroom for your RAW images.
Krita 5.0 arrives with new animation tools, better format compatibility with AVIF and WebP, an overhauled UI and more.
The base app is free, with a $10 premium tier that adds more assets and features
Upscale a tight crop of a distant subject or refresh the look of your old 8 MP photos
After 16 years of development, Inkscape 1.0 introduces a long list of features that make the final version of this open-source free editor a very appealing tool for all kinds of designers. It's available to download for Windows, macOS and Linux.
Elevate your photos to the next level
AI-assisted photo editing
The system uses a variant of 'deepfake' GAN technology
GIMP 2.10 originally focused on porting the program to a new image processing engine, GEGL, but the new version also offers improved tools, better file formats support and a plethora of improvements targeted at digital painters and photographers.
But it's unlikely to remain free for much longer
After 32 years as part of Windows, Paint will be moved to the Windows Store as a free download
GIMP is arguably the closest it gets to an open source free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. With tons of features and image manipulation tools at your disposal (and the complexity that comes with it), GIMP is a powerful cross-platform desktop photo editing program. The latest version brings several GUI improvements, bug fixes and general enhancements. Full release notes and download links for Windows, macOS and Linux are here.