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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  • PhotoPad 6.23

    PhotoPad Icon
    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
    2.37 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.5 / 5.0)
    May 20, 2020
  • PhotoPad Free 6.23

    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
    2.37 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.5 / 5.0)
    May 20, 2020
  • jAlbum 20.1

    jAlbum Icon
    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
    115.24 MB
    10 / 8
    Good (3.8 / 5.0)
    May 20, 2020
  • XnView 2.49.3

    XnView Icon
    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
  • FreeVimager 9.9.9

    FreeVimager Icon
    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)
    May 8, 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
  • Fotor 3.5.2 (165.1)

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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
    229.34 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Good (3.7 / 5.0)
    Apr 25, 2020
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020.1

    Adobe Photoshop Elements Icon
    Photo retouching software with scrapbooks, collages, slideshows and social media integration
    Adobe Photoshop Elements can apply special effects to a picture, view EXIF data, create web graphics and optimize graphics.
    Full version Free Trial
    49.57 KB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.4 / 5.0)
    Apr 20, 2020
  • Alternate Pic View 2.710

    Alternate Pic View Icon
    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)
    Apr 17, 2020
  • StylePix 2.0.3.0

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    Hornil StylePix is a free image editor with a number of advanced features
    StylePix can apply special effects to a picture, create web graphics, optimize graphics and create and edit layers.
    Free Freeware
    6.42 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Good (3.3 / 5.0)
    Apr 15, 2020
  • StylePix Portable 2.0.3.0

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    A free, powerful and portable image editing suite
    StylePix Portable can apply special effects to a picture, view EXIF data, create web graphics and optimize graphics.
    Free Freeware
    3.54 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.5 / 5.0)
    Apr 15, 2020
  • Adobe Photoshop CC CC 2020 21.1.2

    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
    2.05 MB
    10 / 8 / 7
    Very Good (4.5 / 5.0)
    Apr 14, 2020
  • Paint.NET 4.2.10

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    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
    9.86 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Good (3.9 / 5.0)
    Apr 14, 2020
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC 2020 9.2.1

    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)
    Apr 14, 2020
  • PC Image Editor 7.4.2

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    Freeware image editing software with many different filters and tools
    PC Image Editor can add text to an image and apply special effects to a picture.
    Free Freeware
    54.51 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Good (3.9 / 5.0)
    Apr 10, 2020
  • GIMP Portable 2.10.18

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    Portable Windows version of the popular free image editor GIMP
    Portable GIMP can add text to an image, apply special effects to a picture, create web graphics, optimize graphics, create and edit layers and convert RAW to JPG.
    Free Open source
    186.44 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.7 / 5.0)
    Apr 5, 2020