The best software of photo editing for Mac (2020).


The iPhone are all equipped with sensors that photos of very high quality. In addition, there is a plethora of iOS apps that are free and affordable that are available to edit your photos and add effects.

If you are a bit of photos and you want to bring a touch more creative and personal then we recommend that you use software to touch up.

On all Mac, there is the native application Photos, only this last is primarily meant to organize your collection of images, and it only has a limited number of filters and options. Fortunately, there are many alternatives.

Some software are basic the primary purpose of which is to push you to purchase additional features, others are more elaborate, like Gimp, and PhotoScape X.

To manage all your photos and videos, you can also use the service of photo editing online from Google instead of iCloud.

Here’s our guide of the best software for editing photos currently available for the Mac ; don’t forget that the most have a free trial version.

1. Pixelmator .


Pixelmator is an image editing software very popular on macOS. It offers powerful editing tools, an attractive interface, it is easy to use and, in addition, it is proposed at a very competitive price.

The standard version lends itself more to simple tasks, while the Pro version, which costs about 10 € more, you can take advantage of the latest technology integrated into the Mac (graphics processors-compatible Metal, the TouchBar) and iPad with Sidecar and the Apple Pencil.

Both versions are packed with filters, effects, selection tools, and layers to alter specific areas of your images and photos.

What we love the most in Pixelmator, it is the organization of its interface, where even novices don’t lose. You can, for example, to customize the main toolbar so that it focuses only on the items you need most.

If you visit the website of Pixelmator, you will find a user manual and video tutorials, unfortunately they are only in English.

Be aware that you have the opportunity to use Pixelmator Pro, standard and free of charge for a period of 30 days.

2. Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 .

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019

Adobe’s Photoshop Elements is an image-editing program, rather expensive for amateur photographers. However, before you decide to buy it, you can test its trial version for 30 days.

Photoshop Elements is a software two-in-one as it includes a work space photo Editor and Organizer. It allows you to sort and view your collection of photos.

With Photoshop Elements, you’ll have the use of working tools that are very powerful. With some artistic effects on your photos look like sketches made by hand. There are also editing tools automatic.

However, the great strength of Photoshop Elements lies in its interface cleverly designed. It offers three different edit modes, depending on the level of knowledge of the user.

The Fast option which is designed for beginners and focuses on the key features (quick change of colors, lighting, etc.). As soon as you feel comfortable, go to the option Guided, it will help you, step by step, the progenitors of the options more complicated.

Finally, with the option Expert, your creativity will have no limit.

3. Affinity Photo from Serif .

Affinity Photo

Before you get familiar with Affinity Photo, you will need to arm yourself with a little patience. This program is not really oriented to beginners, and its interface now displays the start a bunch of options, commands,..

Fortunately, the start screen includes templates that you can download and try.

To accompany you, you will also find links to a selection of video tutorials.

There are plenty of filters and fun effects to transform your images. In addition, so that you can keep the thread of your changes, you have the ability to simultaneously view the versions of “before” and “after” photos.

Affinity Photo allows you to edit HDR photos, plans and 360 degrees taken with cameras specialized.

This software is available under Windows and there is also an iOS version for the iPad.

4. Google Photos .

Google Photos

Google Photos is the Google version of Pictures and Apple’s iCloud. It is available for Mac and iOS, it allows you to upload your photos and videos on Google and sync on all your devices (provided that they are connected to a Google account). You can view your photos online via a web browser from your Mac and organize them.

The editing tools are quite basic, you can even adjust the lighting of your images, crop them, change their format, create collages and slideshow animated.

The strong point of Google Photos with iCloud is that it is possible to store pictures and video in high resolution. In addition, the opening of a Google account you automatically get 15 Gb of storage on Google Drive, 5 Gb for iCloud.

5. PhotoScape X .

PhotoScape X

PhotoScape X is a free app that is very popular with many Mac and Windows users.

In the main menu of PhotoScape X, each tab focuses on a specific task.

The tab Viewer, for example, gives a quick overview of a photo album. You have the option to select a specific photo on which you are going to work.

Then, go to the tab Editor, it offers a wide range of filters and effects. Tab Compare you will, as to him, to show the other versions “before” and “after” of your edited photos.

We especially love the tab Create GIF, it allows to arrange quickly a series of photos into a GIF.

The problem of PhotoScape X is that the selection tools are limited, which means that the changes will apply on the whole picture rather than specific areas.

6. GIMP .


Gimp is a photo editor open-source, available on Mac, Windows and even Linux. It offers a range of powerful tools that are rarely found on a free software.

You will have at your disposal dozens of filters, effects and with the view to a split screen, you can put in parallel versions “before” and “after” photos.

Gimp also has the same editing features as competitors such as Photoshop Elements (tools for precise selection, layers, brush of cloning..).

Gimp is, without doubt, a photo-editing software versatile and powerful, but its interface is a bit complicated.