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Written by Niels van Vlerken
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There are several programs you can use to edit images. You can use software already installed on your Windows PC or Mac. You can also install other software. Some are free to use, others require a license.

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Pre-installed software

Depending on your computer, you can use preinstalled programs to adjust, filter, and crop your images.

  • For quick editing of images on your Mac, use the Preview program. Read the Apple Preview Guide for more information.

  • For photos on your Mac, use Photos for MacOS. Visit Apple's support article about the app for more information.

  • On your Windows PC, use an app called Microsoft Photos (for Windows 10) to crop, rotate, and filter your images. Read Microsoft's support article for this app for more information.


  • Photoshop - Photoshop is a graphics program specially developed for editing images. This program is used by our designers for making headlines, for example.

  • Illustrator - this program is mainly used for logos. For example, .EPS files can be enlarged and reduced without losing sharpness.

  • Corel Paint shop Pro - this is the counterpart of Photoshop. It is easier to use than Photoshop, but also has fewer features.

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements - this is a stripped-down version of Photoshop for the novice user.

Free programs

  • - this is the online version of Photoshop. However, it does not have all the features that Photoshop does. For example, working in different layers is not possible, but it is good enough for the quick work: removing red-eye, cropping and adjusting the exposure. With the decoration functions you can add speech bubbles and illustrations.

  • - there are two versions: Pixlr Express is the basic version for the simplest basic edits like brightness, contract and effects. Pixlr Editor is more comprehensive and resembles Photoshop with its tool and taskbar screens. It has fewer features but is a good free replacement.

  • - a site that works with tabs containing the various editing options. The program is not really comparable to Photoshop, but it is certainly suitable for editing images.

  • - the versatile photo editor with clear icons where you can add a lot of effects.

  • GIMP - With GIMP you can achieve the same as with Photoshop only in more steps. The program is very extensive and can therefore be difficult for beginners. You can do everything with it, such as working in layers, making selections, drawing, and working with effects.

  • Google Picasa - a program to organize photos in an online web album (print, email and share via social media). It has all kinds of editing capabilities, such as cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, removing red-eye, and applying effects. It is otherwise not comparable with the possibilities in Photoshop.

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