Best Free All-In-One Image Design Tools



There are a lot of design programs out there that specialize on one individual feature. For most of us though, we just need a single program that can cover most (if not all) of our needs.

This section covers these programs. With any of these free applications, you get a tool covering a wide range of features (from screen capture, color picker to an image editor among other things). As most features are covered under one roof, you won't need to install and run too many programs (for every different tool that you need). It's simply up to you to decide which of these applications have the right combination of features for your needs.

As with most all-in-one applications though, the following are designed to meet the needs of most average users who prefer one program that can cover as many basic functions as possible. If you need more advanced features (within a specific design tool), you might want to check out other recommended software products in the articles found under the Related Products and Links section.


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Has the largest selection of effective tools for the needs of most average users.

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License: Free (Private/Educational use)
Easy to use, has the most selections of tools (screen capture, color picker, image editor, screen ruler, magnifier, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard) and also the most flexible and user-friendly screen capture tool.
Comes bundled with unwanted components such as toolbars and may attempt to change your system settings. Use caution when installing to avoid these items, or a third party application like the free version of WinPatrol which will issue a warning and allow such changes to be blocked.
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FastStone Capture  

Contains a decent selection of tools including a screen capture, color picker, image editor ad screen magnifier.

Our Rating: 
License: Free (Last free version)
Decent selection of tools (screen capture, color picker, image editor, screen magnifier), Interface for image editor is more user-friendly compared to PicPick.
Magnifier magnifies full-screen and is not active unless mouse button is pressed down. Free version no longer supported.
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