Quite a number of people having been asking me to recommend FREE photo editing software.
It’s hard to recommend anyone a specific one since we’re all human, we’re all different and we have our preferences when it comes to software. I use Adobe Photoshop but it’s not realistic for me to recommend me such an expensive software (costs more than their camera) just to touch up some random photos they took at their cousin’s birthday party.
Another reason for not recommending Photoshop is because I do not support piracy, so the next best thing to do is to recommend FREE photo editing software. Please don’t think these software are useless because they’re not.
So here are the Free Photo Editing Software in no particular order. Note that I don’t use these software in detail so I’m not reviewing them but I hope you people could give them a try and post a comment here on which one you like. 🙂 Just as how I help introduce these software, I hope you readers could also contribute via comments for other readers to know too. 😀
(titles / headers below are clickable …. just in case you didn’t know.)
Free but only for Windows user. From my short experience with it, looks like it has quite advanced features for photo editing but the interface seems less refined compared to Picasa.
GIMP has been around for ages, and it’s still a very popular software. I don’t have any Adobe products on my Macbook so I use GIMP there. What’s great about GIMP is that it works pretty much like Photoshop and works on Linux, Windows, Mac OS, Sun OpenSolaris and FreeBSD. ( I bet most of you probably never heard of the last 2. 😛 )
From my experience this software might be a little tough to use, I know I had a tough time using it when I was using it on my Macbook. Arrgghh. I couldn’t get it to work like what I wanted to in Photoshop. Probably some of you had better luck. 🙂 On the plus side, it looks like the most powerful among the list here.
Picasa is not only available for Windows user, but also to Mac OS and Linux user too! Yay! When people ask me for free software, Picasa always comes to my mind. It’s clean and user interface is really friendly. It integrates with Blogger account and be used with Picnik too.
Apparently Picasa works with Picnik.
Guess what, Picnik is also a product under Google! What’s the difference between Picnik and Picasa then? Picasa is an application, you download the file and install it to your system and do whatever your changes there. Picasa on the other hand is a web-based application, you can upload your photos and edit it via your browser.
Whatever that comes with your camera……
Most people overlook this but really, please look into the software that comes with the camera. Quite often it’s more than enough to do some editing.
Got time? Go try!
Just as what I mentioned earlier – I hope you people could give them a try and post a comment here on which one you like. 🙂 Just as how I help introduce these software, I hope you readers could also contribute via comments for other readers to know too. 😀
You forgot iPhoto on the Mac. It’s actually pretty good for the general user especially on the latest version.
What about Paint.Net? Though I’m not sure how good it is for photos, since I’m not a photographer.
I’m a Windows user and I only use Photoscape, been using it for more than 2 years and I’m still loving it until today. 🙂 The interface is very simple to use even for a new user and there are many things that could be done with it. So far it still serves me well. 🙂
Besides, I did download two apps for my iPad too, but then again I must admit I didn’t really have the time to intensively trying out these apps. The apps are:
i) Filterstorm (Paid app – USD 3.99)
ii) PhotoPad (Free)
@Ken – ehhh that one already come with every Mac OS wor. 🙂 Still need to highlight? Hrmmm maybe I should, since many don’t know it’s there.
@apamise – ok will look into that.
@fruitie – thanks. I try to limit to computer punya software la cos if i go into ipad, then i have to go into samsung galaxy tab, then i have to go into my N900 with quite some editing software too. It’s a good direction actually, I’m actually considering for those tabs and phones. 😀 Will update!
You forgot IrfanView.
It’s small, a little quirky to figure out how it
uh bro, i think got typo error on Picnik section last sentence.
Picasa (suppose to be “Picnik” right?) on the other hand is a web-based application, you can upload your photos and edit it via your browser.
aye, GIMP is awesome!
i have been using since i start blogging back in 2007 haha.
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