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Best Free Photo Editing Software?

by OrangeCoast09 / January 22, 2009 5:45 AM PST

I'm searching for a free simple-to-use photo editing program that can permit me to have just enough options on a regular consumer level. I already know how to use Photoshop, but I'd like something less professional and complex for friends and family.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 22, 2009 8:08 PM PST

It depends what sort of editing you want to do, but any image editor will do basic editing. If you are using Windows then you will probably have MSPAINT, in Start > All programs > Accesories > MSPAINT, but there is also, originally intended as a free replacement to MS's Paint, and is now a tool with a lot of useful features.

It is available at as a free, no limitations, utility here;

and the developer's web site is here;

Would that do? needs the .NET Framework 2.0 or newer (.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 recommended), but if your Windows Updates are up to date, you will probably have that installed already.


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by Franck2323 / March 16, 2010 8:22 PM PDT
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Photofiltre ! very good soft

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by white-bread / February 2, 2009 10:28 AM PST

Gimp, krita.
You can also manipulate with inkscape, blender, k3d.

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Longer List of Free Software
by brettuthius / April 16, 2009 4:23 AM PDT
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Re: Best Free Photo Editing Software?
by n3th4wk / February 3, 2009 2:55 AM PST
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photo editing software
by PghPat / April 28, 2009 11:19 AM PDT

Will any of these free programs let you link panoramic pictures together?

Does Picasa eliminate duplicate pictures?

Thanks for any help!

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Windows Live Photo Gallery
by RonS [WINDOWS-TEAM] / May 22, 2009 4:47 AM PDT
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(NT) me like picasa
by audreycharlize / May 23, 2009 1:27 AM PDT
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Great Article on Free Photo Editing Programs
by keithRN1 / September 25, 2009 2:04 AM PDT
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I like the look of
by wil_peter / October 13, 2009 9:44 AM PDT

Photoscape in that article (11 best free...). It doesn't mention the feature I'm seeking: combining photos in what might be called a collage. Anyone know if it does? I am NOT looking for an online view or a web sharing device. I take pics with a Kodak EasyShare and like to fit them together into a single photo.

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Never mind,
by wil_peter / October 15, 2009 12:56 AM PDT
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I am getting the hang of Paint.Net gradually.

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by MEBEMOMOF7 / March 1, 2010 10:31 PM PST
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try online
by ghrar / October 24, 2009 8:06 AM PDT

Maybe you need online solution? Its platform-independent this one is free
It`s like online photoshop, but don`t need the installation. Supports many funny features

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It's not the rocket science,Man
by Nataliachohan / February 17, 2010 9:10 PM PST
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by TheGermanGirl / April 12, 2010 12:01 AM PDT

I love Gimp! As I can't afford Photoshop or any of the other Adobe-Programms, I was long looking for something that does as much as Photoshop. And there it is: Gimp. The tutorials one can find on the internet are really helpful and it is really easy to learn.
Don't have any solution for the collage-question. Sorry.

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Web site Photos
by rattleheadbully / February 19, 2010 4:31 AM PST
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by jamesfranklin41 / April 9, 2010 11:37 PM PDT
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You can also consider....For Editing
by jamesfranklin41 / April 14, 2010 10:47 PM PDT
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