What photo program to use?

gloriamJuly 11, 2014

I am using windows 8.1 HP and Printer is HP. I want to scan pictures and crop them and be able to put them on FB. What program would be the best for windows 8.1? Never done this on 8.1 but have done this for many years on other windows computers.

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azinoh

You want the BEST? REALLY??? That would probably be Adobe Photoshop and depending on how much "best" is acceptable to you will set you back as little as $80 or as much as $500 and maybe more since I hear they are moving to a monthly cloud-based subscription service.

On the other hand, if you can settle for something free which is not the "best", Irfanview is pretty good at cropping and resizing images.

Here is a link that might be useful: Irfanview

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 5:04AM
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lazy_gardens

"scan pictures and crop them and put them on FB"

So simple operation, for low-resolution output? Basic editing, such as lightening, contrast, color-correcting?

Irfanview will work just fine, and it's free.
http://download.cnet.com/IrfanView/

If you want to get into pixel-by-pixel fancy stuff, The GIMP (www.gimp.org) does some amazing stuff, and it's also free.

I've done side-by-side editing comparisons between The GIMP and Photoshop, making complex clean-up and fancy effects and the judges couldn't tell which software was used ... their budget could tell.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 5:33AM
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owbist

And if you decide on the excellent Irfanview be sure to also get the plugins

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 6:06AM
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lazy_gardens

OWBIST .... My, they have been BUSY making plugins since I last downloaded it.

This one sounds great!
FILTERS_UNLIMITED - (version 3.20): allows IrfanView to use Filters Unlimited files (Photoshop PlugIns and filters)

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 6:11AM
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aputernut

No need to pay for any simply download "Photoscape" it's free and awesome!

Here is a link that might be useful: Photoscape

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 10:34AM
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evenshade

Another vote for Irfanview here. You don't have to scan them....simply edit your photos in Irfanview and save them with the changes. On FB, choose "upload photo" when you're ready to add one to our page.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 2:23PM
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SnidelyWhiplash

gloriam, what program have you used in the past? Is there a reason to not continue using it?

evenshade, physical copies of photos (something you can hold in your hand) get "scanned" to put them into digital (computer) file format.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 6:24PM
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DA_Mccoy

I took ES's reference to be working directly from a storage card.

DA

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 8:02AM
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evenshade

Snidely, perhaps that's the case and if so, I was assuming too much. I thought she was starting with digital and just wanted to edit and save them. Maybe the OP will post a follow up post.

For gloriam, Here's a link for top scanner reviews
http://photoscanningsoftwarereviews.com/

and one on scanning with Win 9 HP software. Hope this helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: How to Scan: Windows 8

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 10:01AM
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SnidelyWhiplash

Could be. Gloria used the word "scan", perhaps not knowing its meaning in this context.

FYI, the URL you've cited is a sham/phony page. It's really an advertisement, intentionally misleading as to its true nature, with a link to ONE product. It's not a review site at all. Also, since XP and perhaps before, Windows has native software to do scans. It's not necessary to use anything else, although there are most certainly programs available that will operate a scanner in the same way as Windows + the device's software does.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 1:17PM
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evenshade

That's odd, it takes me to HP's consumer support page with links to warranty info, repairs, support forums and their presence on FB, Twitter, etc. I chose it because the OP mentioned he/she has an HP printer and possibly an HP computer.

It may be a moot point, though, since I don't see any followup posts by the OP. :)

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 8:00PM
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grandms

The link also takes me to the HP support page.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 10:41PM
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