10 must have image editors for web designers

August 26, 2013 • By

As web designers we know that one of the most important aspects of our work is to manipulate images for our web designs. There are a plethora of different apps to choose from and here we have compiled a list of 10 must have image editors for web designers.

1. Pixelmator

If you can’t justify the costs of Adobe Photoshop, then Pixelmator should really be your next choice, not only is the app stunningly beautiful, but it is also very easy to use and offers many of the same features that made PS so popular.

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2. Adobe Photoshop

There can only be one king, and Adobe Photoshop has been the king of image editing software for many years. Most likely it will continue to be the king for years to come.



GIMP is actually an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. What makes GIMP different from the previously mentioned editors is the fact that it is 100% free! While it isn’t nearly as professional as Photoshop it does come with a lot of great features.

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4. DrawBerry

If you don’t need to create hugely complicated vectors and illustrations then DrawBerry is for you. This great little app comes with everything you will need in order to create simple vectors.


5.  Pencil

If you have any drawing talent, then pencil should be on your list of must have apps,  It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. The best part about Pencil is the fact that it costs you nothing at all to use it, the program is open source.


6. Acorn

Sometimes you need to edit an image, but you don’t need all the bells and whistles of Photoshop or Pixelmator, that is where Acorn enters the picture. If you need to touch up on your favorite images then Acorn is for you.

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7. Inkscape

If you have been on the hunt for an Open Source vector and graphics editor then look no further Inkscape is really the only app you will need, in many places the app has features very similar to those found in Adobe Illustrator. What is great about Inkscape is the fact that it is very easy to work with. Furthermore the community of developers using Inkscape keeps growing and growing.


8. Seashore

If you need a very basic image editor then Seashore is your choice. As an Open Source image editor created especially for Mac OS X’s Cocoa framework it will allow you to make simple adjustments. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing.

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9. Apple Aperture

Not much needs to be said about Apple Aperture, if you are looking for a powerful editing app then Apple Aperture has everything you need. Adobe has Lightroom and Apple has Aperture. Whether you are a professional image editor or just looking to improve your candid snapshots from the latest Hawaii vacation, Aperture comes with something for everyone.


1o. Free Ruler

If you are looking for an app that adds a ruler to your screen then Free Ruler is exactly what you have been looking for! It does what it says it does and not much more. However as a web designer I often find myself in need of measuring something on my design and for that purpose Free Ruler is great.


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