As a rule, the phrase “graphic editor” for most people causes guessing associations: Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Draw - powerful graphic packages for working with raster and vector graphics. The request "download photoshop" is expectedly popular, and its purchase is justified only for those who are engaged in computer graphics professionally, earning a living from this. Is it necessary to look for pirated versions of Photoshop and other graphic programs in order to draw (or rather cut) an avatar on a forum or slightly edit your photo? In my opinion, for most users - no: this is like building a birdhouse with an architectural bureau and ordering a crane.
In this review (or rather, the list of programs) - the best graphic editors in Russian, designed for simple and advanced photo editing, as well as for drawing, creating illustrations and vector graphics. Perhaps you should not try all of them: if you need something complex and functional for raster graphics and photo editing - Gimp, if simple (but also functional) for rotations, cropping and simple editing of drawings and photos - Paint.net, if for drawing, illustration and sketching - Krita. See also: Best “Photoshop Online” - free graphic editors on the Internet .
Attention: the software described below is almost all clean and does not install any additional programs, however, be careful when installing and if you see any suggestions that do not seem necessary to you, refuse.
Free GIMP Raster Graphics Editor
The Gimp is a powerful and free graphics editor for editing raster graphics, a kind of free analogue of Photoshop. There are versions for both Windows and Linux.
The Gimp graphics editor, like Photoshop, allows you to work with image layers, color grading, masks, selections, and many others necessary for working with photos and pictures, tools. The software supports many existing image formats, as well as third-party plugins. At the same time, Gimp is quite difficult to learn, but with persistence over time, you can really do a lot in it (if not almost everything).
You can download the Gimp graphical editor in Russian for free (even though the download site and English, the installation file also contains Russian), as well as familiarize yourself with the lessons and instructions for working with it, you can at gimp.org .
Simple Paint.net Raster Editor
Paint.net is another free graphic editor (also in Russian), characterized by simplicity, good speed and, at the same time, quite functional. No need to confuse it with the Paint editor included with Windows, this is a completely different program.
The word “simple” in the subtitle does not mean a small number of possibilities for editing images. We are talking about the simplicity of its development in comparison, for example, with the previous product or with Photoshop. The editor supports plugins, work with layers, image masks and has all the necessary functionality for basic photo processing, creating your own avatars, icons, and other images.
The Russian version of the free Paint.Net graphics editor can be downloaded from the official website http://www.getpaint.net/index.html . There you will find plugins, instructions and other documentation on the use of this program.
Krita - often mentioned (in connection with its successes in the field of free software of this kind), a graphical editor recently (supports both Windows and Linux and MacOS), capable of working with both vector and bitmap graphics and aimed at illustrators, artists and other users who are looking for a drawing program. The Russian language of the interface is present in the program (although the translation leaves much to be desired at the moment).
I am not able to evaluate Krita and its tools, as the illustration is not in my sphere of competence, however, the real reviews of those who are involved in this are mostly positive, and sometimes enthusiastic. Indeed, the editor looks thoughtful and functional, and if you need to replace Illustrator or Corel Draw, you should pay attention to it. However, he also knows how to work reasonably well with raster graphics. Another advantage of Krita is that now you can find a significant number of lessons on the use of this free graphic editor on the Internet, which will help in its development.
You can download Krita from the official site https://krita.org/en/ (there is no Russian-language version of the site yet, but the downloadable program has a Russian-language interface).
Pinta photo editor
Pinta is another noteworthy, simple and convenient free graphic editor (for raster graphics, photos) in Russian that supports all popular OSs. Note: in Windows 10 I managed to run this editor only in compatibility mode (set compatibility with 7).
The set of tools and capabilities, as well as the logic of the photo editor, is very similar to the early versions of Photoshop (late 90s - early 2000s), but this does not mean that the program functions will not be enough for you, rather the opposite. For ease of development and functionality, I would put Pinta next to the previously mentioned Paint.net, the editor is suitable for beginners and for those who already know something in terms of editing graphics and know why several layers, types of blending and the curves.
You can download Pinta from the official site https://pinta-project.com/pintaproject/pinta/
PhotoScape - for working with photos
PhotoScape is a free photo editor in Russian, the main task of which is to bring photos into proper form by cropping, neutralizing defects and simple editing.
However, PhotoScape can do more than this: for example, using this program you can make a collage of photos and animated GIFs if necessary, and all this is organized in such a way that even a beginner can figure it out. You can download PhotoScape on the official website .
Photo pos Pro
This is the only graphic editor present in the review that does not have a Russian interface language. However, if your task is photo editing, retouching, color grading, and there are also some Photoshop skills, I recommend that you pay attention to its free “counterpart” Photo Pos Pro.
In this editor, you will probably find everything that you may need when performing the above tasks (tools, recording actions, layer capabilities, effects, image settings), and there is also a recording of actions (Actions). And all this is presented in the same logic as in products from Adobe. The official website of the program: photopos.com.
Inkscape Vector Editor
If your task is to create vector illustrations for various purposes, you can also use the free Inkscape open source vector graphics editor. You can download Russian versions of the program for Windows, Linux, and MacOS X on the official website in the download section: https://inkscape.org/en/download/
Inkscape Vector Editor
The Inkscape editor, despite its free nature, provides the user with almost all the necessary tools for working with vector graphics and allows you to create both simple and complex illustrations, which, however, will require some training period.
Here are examples of the most popular, developing over the years free graphic editors that may well be used by many users instead of Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.
If you have not used graphical editors before (or have done so little), then starting a study with, say, Gimp or Krita is not a bad option. In this regard, photoshop users are somewhat more complicated to ossified users: for example, I have been using it since 1998 (version 3) and it’s quite difficult for me to study other similar software, unless it copies the mentioned product.