With phone cameras now ubiquitous, we're taking and sharing more photos than ever.

That said, if you're looking for a desktop photo editor ready for just about any task, GIMP is it.

Its interface will be immediately familiar to Photoshop users, particularly if you switch on the highly recommended single window mode, and it's still in active development, so new features and filters are regularly added.

There's also a plug-in repository to extend Gimp's range (although it's not been updated for a while).

We'd recommend grabbing the stable version, but don't overlook the development build if you want to try some new features.

So we've overhauled our list for 2016, and selected our current top 10 tools for free photo editing, ranging from fully-featured Photoshop clones to simple, easy to use ways to add filters and effects to your favourite snaps.

These are by no means the only free options, though: if we've missed one of your favourites, let us know in the comments below.

Silly name, exceptional photo-editing software The elder statesperson of free photo editing, GIMP is possibly the most full-featured cross-platform Photoshop competitor going, though it's not without its crashes and glitches – that's the too-many-cooks open source development philosophy in action – and it lacks the polish of its commercial rivals.

Some of the filters, in particular, seem as if they haven't been touched since it was first released 20 years ago.

Basic photo editing with layers, filters and plug-ins Sometimes it pays not to be overloaded with bells and whistles. NET's simplicity is one of its key features; it leaves it a fast, easy to operate editor that's perfect for those little tasks that don't need a full-blown advanced tool. This isn't just a clone of Microsoft's ultra-basic Paint – though it was originally intended to replace it.

It's a proper photo editor, just one that lands on the basic side of the curve.

Interface-wise it's reminiscent of its namesake, but as it's grown Paint.