Best Photo Effects Software for Creating Winning Images

Posted on: 27th March 2013

If you want to road test free or cheaper versions of image-editing software before deciding to buy one, check out our list of the best photo effects software for vivid and unforgettable snap shots.


Ulead Photo Express

Ulead Photo Express is picture creativity software for home that aids users in building their photo projects and share digital versions of it. Editing and enhancing your pictures is quick and easy with its special effects and photo management capability. Other great features

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in it are photo editing, photo projects, and complete sharing.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/XP


Corel PhotoImpact

PhotoImpact X3 allows you to use one-click photo fixes and digital art tools, perfect for creating photo projects with an impact. Its ExpressFix editing makes it easy to edit photos. Customisable project templates are also available in case you want to make unique photo gifts. Video productions, slideshows, and DVD projects become more interesting through the help of drawing and painting tools as well as an array of graphics. Whether you are a budding photographer or a seasoned shutterbug, this accessory software is what you need to enter competitions and win fabulous photography giveaways.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/Vista


Photo Effects SoftwareAdobe Photoshop Elements

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 software offers all the tools for a powerful photo storyline. Its step-by-step editing assistant won’t intimidate beginners. Retouching and enhancing images is so much fun with its image-selection tools and composing capabilities. You’ll be prouder than ever to share your stories in photo books, scrapbook pages, slideshows and interactive web galleries.

Minimum requirements: DirectX 9.0 drivers


FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is your all-in-one photo effects software. It is an image browser, converter and editor – guiding you seamlessly to the intricate world of editing and sprucing up of your images. Features such as red eye removal, resizing, comparison, image viewing, cropping, colour adjustments, and emailing are just some of its strongest points to help you bring out the best in your photos.

Its full-screen mode gives access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities through hidden toolbars that pop up every time your mouse comes in contact with the four edges of the screen. But that’s not just it because you get high-quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and more. It supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA.

Minimum requirements: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista/2008 Server





GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a great accessory software that is freely distributed. Do all your photo retouching, image composition and image authoring with it. Whether you are involved with a simple paint program, a photo-retouching project, or an online batch-processing system, this is the ideal software to depend on. You can also do a mass production image renderer, or an image-format converter with it.

GIMP is modular, expandable and extensible. It means you can boost up its capabilities with other plug-ins and extensions. Its user-friendly scripting interface can accommodate any simple editing task as well as the most complex image-manipulation procedures.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista



IrfanView makes beginners feel comfortable and lends professionals the power. This software supports many file formats and features, making it an image viewer and converter rolled into one. Its features you will find very useful for your photo editing projects are multipage editing, change colour depth, cut/crop, lossless JPEG operations, command line options, among many others.

Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003


Easy Photo Frame

Easy Photo Frame contains over 400 frames and more than 500 stamps – everything your need to enhance your final image product. The extra functionality that comes with it including scanning and printing support, editing tools (crop, resize, rotate), and a couple of image effects (grey, wave, shadow, lens, tile and twist) only add up to its photo effects power.

Minimum requirements: Windows (all)


Honestech Photo Life

If you hate red eyes on your photos, Honestech Photo Life can erase it all. Just position the eyes within a square and the software will automatically remove the red eye effect.

Minimum requirements: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, DirectShow 8.1


MagicEffect Photo Editor

MagicEffect Photo Editor is image-editing software that lends you the ability to add multiple effects to your digital photo. Its impressive line of photo effects include Preset, Sketch, Light, Star, Amazing, Dream, Weather, Gradient, Color, Art, Texture, Edge and Frame filters.

Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003


Photo Collage

Photo Collage is perfect for your photo collage projects, desktop wallpapers, CD and DVD covers, and miscellaneous web graphics. Just choose a favourite picture as background and then arrange multiple photos on the paper. It is so easy to apply operations to them such as rotating, resizing, adding frame, changing position, and changing overlay order, as well as merging them into a background with mask templates. This collage maker will not affect your image's pixels even when you rotate or resize the picture, thus ensuring high quality in your printed collage.

Minimum requirements: Windows

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