Photo Effects Software

80 software downloads

Sven Sorensen

“A list of software titles which can apply special effects to a picture”


A listing of downloads compiled by Sven Sørensen

When you have a large collection of digital photographs, there likely comes a time when you want to add cool effects to images. These can range from wacky and fun to serious retouching. With these freeware and shareware downloads, you can apply a myriad of different effects to your images.

While many of these programs can apply effects to a single image, others can also perform batch photo editing and apply effects to many different types of images like JPG, PNG, GIF and even PSD Photoshop images.

If there is a tool here you find that isn't freeware, there is always the chance to take advantage of the free trial period.

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  • Paint.NET 4.2.13

    Paint.NET Icon
    A highly successful and popular freeware image editor with tons of different applicable uses
    Paint.NET can add text to an image, apply special effects to a picture, create PNG graphics and create web graphics.
    Free Freeware
    9.78 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Good (3.9 / 5.0)
    Aug 8, 2020
  • PhotoPad 6.43

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    Free image and photo editor for Windows
    PhotoPad can add text to an image, apply special effects to a picture, create slideshows and optimize graphics.
    Full version Free Trial
    2.49 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.5 / 5.0)
    Aug 4, 2020
  • PhotoPad Free 6.43

    PhotoPad Free Icon
    Image editing suite with core graphics adjustments, automated effects and pre-defined filters for image beautification
    PhotoPad Free can add text to an image, apply special effects to a picture and optimize graphics.
    Free Freeware
    2.49 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.5 / 5.0)
    Aug 4, 2020
  • FreeVimager 9.9.10

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    FreeVimager is a free image viewer and editor. It can play AVI and audio files
    FreeVimager can apply special effects to a picture, view EXIF data, create PNG graphics, create slideshows and optimize graphics.
    Free Open source
    1.68 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.5 / 5.0)
    Aug 4, 2020
  • Fotor 3.6.1 (167.1)

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    Modern image editing and graphics processing application with a lot of useful tools and support for photo collages
    Fotor can apply special effects to a picture and convert RAW to JPG.
    Free Freeware
    246.5 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Good (3.8 / 5.0)
    Jul 28, 2020
  • jAlbum 21

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    Free web photo album creator. Customize with skins. Publish on any site
    jAlbum can add text to an image, apply special effects to a picture, create slideshows and optimize graphics.
    Free Freeware
    118.64 MB
    10 / 8
    Good (3.8 / 5.0)
    Jul 23, 2020
  • Adobe Photoshop CC CC 2020 21.2.1.265

    Adobe Photoshop CC Icon
    Photo editing suite to enhance your photos and designs with Photoshop with a complete set of tools including RAW processing and...
    Adobe Photoshop can add text to an image, apply special effects to a picture, create web graphics, optimize graphics and convert RAW to JPG.
    Full version Free Trial
    2.01 MB
    10 / 8 / 7
    Very Good (4.5 / 5.0)
    Jul 21, 2020
  • FotoSketcher 3.60

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    FotoSketcher turns digital photos into drawings or paintings, for free!
    FotoSketcher can apply special effects to a picture, create PNG graphics and optimize graphics.
    Free Freeware
    10.17 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.3 / 5.0)
    Jul 16, 2020
  • FotoWorks Pro 20.0.1

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    Edit very easy and professionally your digital photos
    FotoWorks can apply special effects to a picture and optimize graphics.
    Full version Free Trial
    63.16 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.4 / 5.0)
    Jul 2, 2020
  • Alternate Pic View 2.730

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    Image slideshow viewer and image manipulation application
    Alternate Pic View can add text to an image, apply special effects to a picture, create PNG graphics and batch process images.
    Free Freeware
    5.19 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Excellent (5.0 / 5.0)
    Jun 21, 2020
  • GIMP 2.10.20.1

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    GIMP is an open-source and free Photoshop alternative (for Windows)
    GIMP for Windows can add text to an image, apply special effects to a picture, view EXIF data, create animated GIFs, create PNG graphics, create web graphics and create and edit layers.
    Free Open source
    214.16 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.7 / 5.0)
    Jun 21, 2020
  • StudioLine Photo Classic 4.2.55

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    A fully-packed image editor and organization utility with several useful features
    StudioLine Photo Classic Plus can apply special effects to a picture, view EXIF data, create slideshows, optimize graphics and convert RAW to JPG.
    Full version Free Trial
    113.39 MB
    10 / 8
    Very Good (4.1 / 5.0)
    Jun 21, 2020
  • Krita 4.3.0

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    Free paint software for creative artists and amateurs with a number of drawing tools, image enhancements and effects for...
    Krita can add text to an image, apply special effects to a picture, create web graphics and create and edit layers.
    Free Open source
    109.13 MB
    10 / 8 / 7
    Very Good (4.4 / 5.0)
    Jun 21, 2020
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC 2020 9.3

    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic Icon
    Excellent image enhancement and processing software that has image editing features, photo process workflow, presets and...
    Lightroom Classic can apply special effects to a picture, optimize graphics, convert RAW to JPG and batch process images.
    Trial
    2.1 MB
    10 / 8 / 7
    Very Good (4.5 / 5.0)
    Jun 21, 2020
  • XnView 2.49.3

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    A multi-format graphics viewer and converter
    XnView can apply special effects to a picture, view EXIF data, create PNG graphics, create slideshows, optimize graphics and convert RAW to JPG.
    Free Freeware
    5.6 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.3 / 5.0)
    May 20, 2020
  • ACDSee 2020.0.2.1

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    Professional photo organizer and editor
    ACDSee can apply special effects to a picture, view EXIF data, create slideshows and optimize graphics.
    Full version Free Trial
    1.15 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.5 / 5.0)
    Apr 25, 2020