Best desktop graphics software


This is the classic in the field. The gold standard. So ubiquitous it’s become a verb, like Xerox or Google. It’s also on the pricy side.

A stripped down, starter version of the Photoshop software, Photoshop Elements, is $100.

The full version of Photoshop is now only available as an annual subscription, starting at $120 a year, and comes with access to Adobe’s Creative Cloud storage.

If you want most of the features of Photoshop, with none of the costs, try the top open source alternative, GIMP.

Fastest, simplest drawing and editing

Classic Microsoft Paint

If you just need to crop or rotate an image, or do some basic scribbling, most image editing software is overkill. Paint loads quickly, and the lack of bells and whistles is an advantage when you just want to do something and get out.

Screen shot of the Web-based Kleiki drawing app.


This is an online tool, no download required, for very quick sketching. You can’t cut and paste, but you can load images, edit them, and save them either locally or to a variety of cloud services, including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote. One unexpected feature for a drawing app with such as simple interface that it supports layers.

Photoshop Express Editor

This isn’t the full-featured desktop version of Photoshop, but it’s easy, free, and requires no download. Except for Flash. You need to have Flash installed.

Here is a nice article from TechRadar covering some of the most popular other online editors: The best free online photo editor 2018

And here’s their list of mobile apps: The best photo editing apps for Android and iOS

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