What is the best free photo editor?

Philip Linde June 12, 2011
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Any suggestions for a free photo editor

  1. Ravi Shankar
    June 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Paint.Net is really good

    http://www.getpaint.net

  2. Pam Tremble
    June 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I use Picasa for most of my simple editing and photo organization. It's fast and gets more powerful with each new upgrade. I also love the face recognition built into the software that integrates with other google products (adding a photo to my Google contacts is easy through Picasa). You can also upload batches of photos directly to your Flickr account or order prints from a variety of online photo developers. http://picasa.google.com/ 

  3. Aibek
    June 25, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Check out following MakeUseOf poll, there are a bunch of good programs mentioned in comments.

    What Image Editing Program Do you Use? [Poll]
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/muo-polls-what-image-editing-program-do-you-use/

    there was also an article on a related subject

    8 Simple Free Photoshop Alternatives that are under 2 MB
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-simple-free-photoshop-alternatives-that-are-under-2-mb/

  4. Helengwlnd
    June 25, 2011 at 12:58 am

    I switch between 4...Faststone is very good, Windows Live is another, Photofiltre has a good variety of functions and Paint.Net of course has the added plus of layers.

  5. Scribe
    June 24, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Would have to say for an all-around program: Faststone. Has many features including batch processing, color correction etc. Yet, it really easy to use and doesn't crash. Have used it for years now and it keeps getting better. No layers though.

    • Aibek
      June 25, 2011 at 7:27 am

      MakeUseOf reviewed Faststone hre, http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/faststone-free-best-image-viewer-editor/

  6. Ketharaman Swaminathan
    June 24, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    IrfanView it is, for me too...

  7. Keithdswartz
    June 24, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    My vote goes to IrfanView. It's a great allaround tool.     

  8. andy campbell
    June 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I use Gimp and the free Zoner photo studio

  9. Justask
    June 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Has anyone tried Chasys Draw IES ? http://www.chachaslab.com/chasys_draw_ies.php

  10. Andrei
    June 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    If you want something basic (no layers) Irfanview's Paint Plugin will do the job. Press F12 if you have Iv to see if you have it installed. Download it from the website if not.

    If the plugin fits your needs, you also get the exceptional filetype compatibility of Irfanview  and access to its excellent batch processing abilities.

    • Tina
      June 18, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      I second IrfanView. It's a great allaround tool.

  11. thenonhacker
    June 18, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Windows Live Photo Gallery for easy, simple, yet powerful photo editing and photo management. I've left Photoshop in favor of this tool, because it's simply faster to correct and enhance photos using this app!

    It also has a Ribbon Interface similar to Microsoft Office 2007.

    http://explore.live.com/windows-live-photo-gallery

  12. Socrtwo
    June 18, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Paint.Net is a very light easy to use surprisingly powerful image editor. Gimp is more complex.

  13. Osama
    June 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm
  14. Gustavo Ibarguengoytia
    June 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    gIMP: http://www.gimp.org
    Work on Mac, Linux and Windows. Very powerful and you can add user created scripts to it as well as more brushes, effects, etc.

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