Looking for Free Photo Editing Program

love2sewApril 17, 2013

Is there a free program similar to Photoshop to edit photos? I don't need anything as fancy and costly as Photoshop. I am taking a small camera course and plan on doing some landscape photos. I may try changing the contrast to heighten the colors, etc. I am a fiber artist and I want to experiment stitching some landscape pictures.

Thank you for any suggestions you might provide.

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justme4now

Great program .. 'after' the learning curve!

Here is a link that might be useful: GIMP

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 1:53AM
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justme4now

You can also give the online version a try.
(Photoshop)

Here is a link that might be useful: PHOTOSHOP

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 2:01AM
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justme4now

And of course there's Irfanview!

Here is a link that might be useful: IRFANVIEW

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 2:03AM
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justme4now

The GIMP manual in HTML ...

Here is a link that might be useful: GIMP MANUAL

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 4:50AM
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owbist

I just installed Paint.net yesterday along with a huge array of plugins. Seems a great program.

Currently using Corel PhotoPaint but it is getting ancient so I thought i would give Paint.net a try.

Any serious photo editor has a real learning curve but there are numerous tutorials out there for free

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 6:58AM
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DA_Mccoy

With Irfanview be sure to install the plug-ins.

DA

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 7:50AM
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emma

Irfanview does everything I need except for erasing scratches. I haven't found that option in it.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 10:48AM
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owbist

Emma here is a tutorial on using the clone tool in Irfanview.

He is moving an entire body but using finer brushes is the way to repair damaged photos. You probably know already but I'll write it - be sure to make a copy of your original and work on it so the original is always available and not messed up as you work.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 1:22PM
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emma

Thank you Owbist, I will check into that.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 1:44PM
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priswell

I've been using Gimp professionally for about 5 years now, and like it very much. I use it to do ad artwork. It hasn't failed me yet.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 6:21PM
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mike_kaiser_gw

If you're looking for something free that's akin to Photoshop (meaning actual Photoshop, not Elements) then GIMP is the way to go. The learning curve can be pretty steep, the manual isn't always helpful, but I suspect there some user forums where you could get some help.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 11:30PM
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big_al_41

Well here is one more to look at ...I've used it and I think it's good plus it's FREE...LOL

Here is a link that might be useful: Picasa

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 7:43AM
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aputernut

I have used and enjoyed FREE PhotoScape for many yrs. now. also have Picasa but prefer PhotoScape over Picasa3

    Bookmark   September 24, 2014 at 2:26PM
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carolb_w_fl

Are you on Mac or Windows? I use iPhoto for almost of my editing - it does just about everything that needs doing: cropping, levels, effects, etc.

Also what kind of camera are you using? My Nikon Coolpix can do a number of those things right in the camera.

Oh hhah - just noticed the date of the OP - imagine the class is over now...

This post was edited by carolb_w_fl on Sun, Jan 25, 15 at 10:43

    Bookmark   January 24, 2015 at 12:59PM
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