In order for a digital image, such as a photograph, can be used, for example, for web design, you need this image to be processed. I'm sure many of the famous "monster" among graphic editors – Adobe Photoshop. But this software is paid and not everyone can afford. There is a worthy alternative – free graphic editors.

This free image editor originally developed for Linux systems, but currently widely distributed and product versions under Windows. GIMP's functionality is practically not inferior to the famous photoshop. In GIMP you can work with filters, adjustment of levels, curves, hue and saturation, color balance, etc. GIMP supports a large number of formats, including PSD, although he works with this format differently than Photoshop. GIMP supports a multilingual interface.

Unlike its nearest kindred, standard Paint, editor Paint.NET has much more features, while remaining very compact. In functionality Paint.NET the ability for drawing and processing photos. The program supports a variety of filters such as blur or remove "red eye" working with layers. But due to the fact that this software has its own format, which is "don't know" other editors, it is difficult to export images. You have to convert processed images to other formats, thus losing all formatting. In modern versions Paint.NET added support for the PSD format, and some useful plugins.

Image Analyzer

This free graphic editor is well suited for image analysis. In the editor there are such useful functions as jpeg filter (designed to combat the compression artifacts from jpg), and adaptive noise reduction (noise reduction). There is also a function for automatic adjustment of colors and balance of black and white, feature to remove "red-eye". The supported levels.

This free software product is quite suitable for simple image processing and creative experiments.

PhotoFiltre

The program PhotoFiltre free and very compact. The features of PhotoFiltre should include a special tool, image explorer, which allows you to quickly and easily select images from the folders, and supports working with multiple images simultaneously. The program only supports RGB color mode and indexed color. Fans stylize your photos "antique" PhotoFiltre will allow one button to this effect. Without any additional settings PhotoFiltre also makes good black-and-white colored images. The program includes a variety of filters, among which there are special filters to create frames. In PhotoFiltre there is a special PhotoMasque module that allows you to use prepared templates-masks to create effects soft edges on the images.

Of course, the software here does not exhaust the list of free image editors. And let their functionality and capabilities to something does not make it to expensive paid counterparts, but they allow fast, simple, and, most importantly, free of charge, to process images for web design!