Best Free Digital Image Editor

 
Introduction

Digital image editors mix painting and drawing tools with some features specific to digital imaging. Digital imaging is the creating of images from the physical environment. That normally means using cameras or scanners which have two additional features you should know about:

  • Digital imaging systems produce a raw image file which is the image detected by the sensors. This raw image is processed to produce an image file, most commonly the JPEG image format, which we then view and edit in our digital image editor. The Raw files are often described as "digital negatives" because they have a similar role to the negatives produced by film photography. For this article, you just need to know that some digital image editors are able to decode Raw files and provide further options for editing those images.
  • When a raw image is created the camera or scanner also stores information about the state of the imaging device and the physical conditions. This data is called meta-data because it is "data about data". You just need to know that there are standard formats for storing this meta-data. The two most common standards being Exif (Exchangeable Image File) and DCF (Design rule for Camera File system).

I have deliberately looked for application programs that allow you to examine and edit these two features: process raw images and view or edit Exif/DCF data.

This article groups image editors into four classes

Previous versions of this article have used three categories which I am supplementing with a fourth category for suites:

  1. Basic editors are programs that only allow you to edit an existing image: "those little gems that help you quickly and easily make small adjustments to the overall lighting, colors, and tones of your images without the clutter of a lot of advanced tool sets. These also offer such tools as cropping, sharpening, and red eye correction." Ease of use is the driver.
  2. Mid-level editors offer more advanced tools like layers, adding captions and shapes, the ability to select portions of the image and make adjustments to just those portions, etc. These will also offer filters for applying textures, artistic effects, edge enhancements, boarders and frames. The breadth of image enhancements and drawing tools are the most important considerations.
  3. Advanced editors have advanced photographic features that work with the features of specific cameras and the files that they generate. They usually compete with professional programs like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro in some aspects if not all. The primary criterion is the ability to work with imaging from many devices.
  4. Digital imaging suites that bundle related modules or programs to extend the functionality of the core image editor. The extra features can be both basic and advanced so the suites generally cover all three levels of capability. There is no primary criterion for this group because they cover aspects of the other three classes. 

 

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Basic Editors

PhotoPad screen-shotPhotoPad Image Editor is free for "non-commercial home use". It would be a top product except a few signficant issues which I explain below. On the upside it is a very good photo editor for basic users because it has a very consistent interface with tabbed toolbars that duplicate the main menu apart from the View menu.  It has a few surprises like the ability to open many image formats including many Raw formats. The downside is that the editing interface is not highly responsive making it difficult to accurately size objects and select values on a slider.

The feature that really sets PhotoPad apart from the other programs is the history and layers sidebar which shows everything that you have done. Although layers aren't explicitly defined by users PhotoPad uses them so you can click on a history item and see what your image looked like at any stage of editing. You can remove any effect from the history and that change will propogate through the layers to the final image. When you save your work as a project file it will reopen with all the history. If you save it in one of the limited number of savable image formats (BMP, JPEG, PNG) then the history will be lost. Just be aware that PhotoPad has to reapply all the changes which can take minutes for the completed image to appear. This is one example where PhotoPad is not very responsive for users.

PhotoPad has an extensive range of features that could mean that you don't have to download other software. Built-in are tools to combine photos into a panorama, a collage, or a mosaic (which wasn't random enough for me). Plus you can share your images using Flickr, Facebook, email, DropBox and Google Drive. However, its greatest limitation is that it has no drawing tools apart from a pen and an online clipart collection. This will frustrate you if you need to do some blending. All tools can apply to the whole image or a region which can be selected using any polygon shape, a lasso, a magnet (to select along the edges of an element) or a wand to select a region with similar attributes. 

You need to be aware of the following issues. The cloning tool is called "Touch Up". There is a "suite" of programs that you can optionally and individually install but they are paid products so you will have to find and download a free version if NCH has one. Some of NCH's free versions are trialware. When you install PhotoPad there will be a few follow-up activites like rating the product but there is a misleading pop-up that tells you how to speed up your system. The download links for NCH's free software can be hard to find on the website. But if you do have problems then you can refer to the online help which I found to be very good, the video tutorials, the FAQs, and the support forum. Unlike many other programs the Help menu provides a comprehensive list of links to the NCH website.

Photo! Editor screen-shotPhoto! Editor is the easiest photo editor I have used. The straighten tool is a good example of this: simply draw a line across the image where it should be level and Photo! Editor rotates it to suit. It has all of the basic enhancement tools to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and color cast, and some retouching or "make-up" tools that work similar to the coveted healing brush in more professional editors like Photoshop.

There is lots of help and examples. Just be sure to pay attention to the little down arrows next to the tool bar icons. Those will help you access the more powerful manual options.

The downsides to this program are that it has not been updated for several years, there is no support from the developer, and there is no clear upgrade path when you want to develop your photo editing skills further.

LightBox screen-shot LightBox Image Editor is an excellent editor for basic users. It has lots of specific help and tutorials that will assist a beginner. It automatically saves files with "_edited" appended to the filename which is good protection for beginners.

It also has a lot of features that will keep the average user happy including simple tools to correct red-eye, sharpen, crop, re-size, add borders, and Raw file processing.. The attractive user interface is simple and straight forward with most features using intuitive slide-bar adjustments. My favourite feature, which most editors don't have, is the split screen views so you can compare your images before and after the adjustments you have made.

There are some annoying issues: the highlight box around Auto balance examples is grey rather than a highlight; printing is usable but is rudimentary and sometimes doesn't pick the printer page size correctly. As for Photo! Editor, the biggest issue is that the program is not being updated although you do have an assured upgrade path by purchasing the more fully-featured paid version.

Visions screen-shotVisions is included because it has a very distinctive interface, the most modern look out of all these products.

It has a 3D image viewing gallery which people really like, an "editing room" with lots of basic effects able to be previewed, a "printing house" which allows greeting cards, postcards and photo frames to be printed, and a sharing centre for uploading images to Flick.

It hasn't had many changes in the last couple of years so there may not be any more plug-ins being developed. I noticed some little inconsistencies but overall it is a good attempt to move away from trying to look like Photoshop - it actually looks much better.

 

Mid-Level Editors

PhotoFiltre screen-shotPhotoFiltre version 7 is an excellent mid-level editor with a comprehensive feature set but not HDR nor Raw file support. Among the latest features are layers, support for some Photoshop 8bf filters, a multi-selection mode, a plug-in for animated GIFs, and other plug-ins. It still has some features that the other editors in this class don't have such as batch processing and a scanner interface.

Simple adjustments can be made fairly quickly using the tool bar buttons, or you can make more advanced adjustments by delving deeper into the menus. Basic users will find this difficult because there is little guidance about some effects.

Like other editors in this category drawn elements become part of the image canvas once they are de-selected. Now that there are layers, your drawn elements can be placed on another layer where you continue to work with them.

Paint.Net screen-shotPaint.Net is also a very good mid-level photo retouching choice with a modern interface. It has a nice set of photo correction tools including curves, and levels. My favorite is the Layer Roll /  Rotate tool which has 3 axes so it can be used for perspective correction and creating some interesting effects.

It has a very nice implementation of layers complete with blending modes, and adjustable opacity/transparency levels. It has a fairly full pallet of selection, painting, and shape drawing tools. It is completed with a selection of filters for adding special effects to your images.

Be aware that it requires Microsoft .NET Framework to be installed which it will do automatically.

Artweaver screen-shotArtweaver is primarily a paint program and wouldn't be in this category if it wasn't for the Image | Adjustments menu. It might be edged out by other applications I review but at the moment I agree with the previous editor that it "has a curves and levels tool that works a little better than Paint.Net".

It uses a rather monochromatic interface which sets it apart from the other editors. And the tool and color palettes on display are clearly focused on painting rather than photos but that is largely the case with more advanced image editors trying to look like Photoshop.

Artweaver is extensible by plug-ins for effect filters, file formats, and importing and exporting from devices which could include cameras and scanners. This is also a feature of more advanced image editors.

 

Advanced Editors

GIMP screen-shotGIMP is the most advanced image editor for drawing and painting that you will get for free. It also runs on the most computer platforms. Given it's origins in Linux you will find quite a few features that don't work the Windows way. For example, I use Windows libraries and GIMP doesn't so I have to find my files the long way. It also defaults to a multi-windowed interface which makes it a little unusual for Windows but there is now an option to dock the tool windows within the main GIMP window.

It has a steeper learning curve than the previously reviewed editors largely because it has more features but the differences from Windows standards are also a factor. So if you are inexperienced at using image editing programs, then GIMP will likely be too overwhelming to start learning on. Instead try one of the the basic editors first.

Many of its photographic image editing features come from the use of plug-ins which provide access to many Photoshop 8bf filters.

Image Analyzer screen-shotMichael Vinther's Image Analyzer is small image editor that is squarely aimed at photographers rather than artists and designers. There are paint tools tools and layers but the power of Image Analyzer is in the photographic features. I was delighted when I saw what it could do. It has camera and scanner support, scripting, broad color model support, advanced transformations that I haven't seen in any of the other free programs, and the plug-in support to extend its capabilities even further. While GIMP and other recommended editors have plug-in support they use them to provide the sort of features which Image Analyzer has built-in.

I'll give you one easily understood example of a feature not found in many image editors - see the screen-shot. An RGB image has three colors Red, Green, and Blue. Image Analyzer, like a couple of other editors, can split those out into separate images each in its own window. Then you can work on each color channel image, create layers and assign each channel to its own layer, paint or whatever. When you've finished editing then you can simply combine them all back into an RGB image. The same applies for the other color models such as CMY(K) and HSI. 

It needs better documentation; although the online help is very good, it is only on the website. Also, the interface could be easier to use, e.g. why is the Layers feature hidden on the Window menu rather than having it more visible. I could list many more such quibbles so I hope that Image Analyzer collects a lot of donations and other support because it would benefit from more polish. 

digiKam screen-shotdigiKam is called a "photo management application" and is more like a photo organizer. The editing options are advanced but it could also be classed as a suite. In the end I placed it here because it has many advanced editing features: Raw processing, support for more than 1,200 digital camera models, editing Exif and other meta-data, sharing images on social media, has a Light Table for comparing similar images, and provides batch processing. It also has an editor module called ShowFoto.

ShowFoto can be run separate to digiKam which will save you some memory. digiKam with one image loaded used 350MB and ShowFoto 115MB.

digiKam ShowFoto screen-shot

 

Warning: Like GIMP, digiKam is a stable Linux application first and a less stable Windows version second. I didn't have any problems in Windows 8.1 so it has become much more stable than when I last used it. If you decide to use it then test it well to confirm it is stable on your system before committing to it.

The manual/handbook and the online tutorials are very good which will help to reduce the learning curve.

 

Digital Image Editing Suites

Chasys Draw IES screen-shotChasys Draw IES, (Image Editing Suite), is an excellent application and I have no idea why it has never been recommended in this category. Anyway, I am now rectifying that oversight.

This suite of programs has no overall menu as each program runs individually and can be started via the menus of the other programs. 

  • Artist, an image editor which uses the default .CD5 Chasys Draw Image Format. When you start it the "New Project" dialog appears so you can choose from 14 different activities including optical disk labels and sleeve covers, animations, icons, scanning, HDR, batch file-conversion, Raw file processing, or just starting an image from scratch.
  • Viewer is an image viewer much like the Windows default. It would benefit from the ability to explore file folders. As it is, it's primary purpose is to view the default file format .CD5.
  • Converter to convert Image file formats
  • raw-Photo to process Raw camera files

The author's name, John Paul Chacha, is part of the program folder name so you will probably see it from time to time. He aimed to produce his own innovative image editor without relying on mimicking the Photoshop interface and tools. He has succeeded. In many ways it reminds me of Gimp with its multi-window interface: Chacha's tool windows are also dock-able but they default to transparency so you can use a larger part of the display. See the screen-shot above for an example of the transparent user interface.

Technically it far exceeds Photoscape which is the other suite that we recommended here. It has a better interface, better documentation, is more extensible with its own SDK (Software Development Kit), has more options for automation, does more with meta-data, exports to and imports from many more file formats, and has more features including color management, High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing, and its own plug-ins including many Photoshop b8f filters.

Where it does not surpass Photoscape is where many users will want to perform basic image adjustments. The innovative features in Chasys Draw IES sometimes get in the way of performing such simple tasks. Take the example of cropping an image. The Crop and Rotate tool introduces unneeded complexity. The first time that I used it, I found that the easiest method to crop a rectangular area in a screen-shot was to select the area, copy the selection, and paste it as a new image. The crop and Rotate tool has important advantages if I was cropping a photo because I can choose the center of the shot and straighten the image while I crop it. 

Photoscape screen-shotPhotoscape is a suite of modules. Don't be fooled by the unusual interface that looks outdated. It is easy to use so it is a good step up from a basic image editor. It is also moderately powerful but could be lot more powerful with abilities like editing many images at the same time, opening and exporting to more file formats, having more pixel editing tools, adding a colour management subsystem, editing meta-data particularly Exif, being able to merge images with High Dynamic Range (HDR) , and providing more Raw processing options.

All modules are accessible from the main windows with the main ones having their own tabbed windows in Photoscape. The only module that doesn't really fit is Paper Print which prints annual, monthly, and weekly calendars, lined/squared paper, and music notation sheets. If you want to see the module details then click on the 'Show more...' button below.

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Other Free Digital Image Editors

Most of the other Free Digital Image Editors we have reviewed are listed below. Those that I am currently testing are indicated with an asterisk (*).

 Let us know if you have any good suggestions. Either contact the editor or leave a comment below at the end of this article.

For added security we advise you to run virus scans on the websites and any downloads from those websites.

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Related Products and Links

Several articles review programs with similar functions:

Best Free Web-Based Image Editor has the web-based equivalents.

Best Free Paint Program also works with bitmaps but focuses on creating paint-like images.

Best Free Digital Photo Organizer reviews photo-cataloguing software that usually has the ability to link with photo editors and often has its own editing capabilities.

Best Free Vector Graphics Editor looks at image editors that don't rely on bitmap or raster graphics to produce images or drawings.

 

 
Quick Selection Guide - Basic Editors

LightBox Image Editor
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Very attractive, simple and straight-forward to use; Excellent help specific to adjustments; Before and after view; Presets for adjustments Opens Raw files.
Could do with more easy presets adjustments e.g. to improve focus; Free version has some features of the paid version grayed out; No PNG support; Bug in Windows 64-bit; No longer updated.
2.0
10MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
This product is portable.
Windows XP - 8
Visions
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Unique interface for viewing images and other tasks; Consistent approach to editing; Easy to use; 3D image viewing gallery is very popular; Print greeting cards, postcards, and photo frames; Preview changes; Flickr and Facebook integration.
Can be slow.
http://www.twins-solutions.com/
1.4.4
5.9 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7, 8 plus Microsoft Net Framework 2.0
PhotoPad Image Editor
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Consistent interface; Excellent history of changes that you can review, undo, delete, or modify at any step; Wide range of features; Raw file support.
Only free for "non-commercial home use"; Lacks drawing tools.
2.56
788 KB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private use only
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8

There is a link to the free download on the PhotoPad page but it does not always appear so I linked to the FAQ page for the download. Another link is on the supported file formats page. Incidentally, the list of file formats taht can be read is extensive and includes many Raw camera formats.
FAQs, On-line help, Video tutorials, Support forum

Photo! Editor
3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Extremely easy to use with some very nice professional quality makeup tools; All options are clearly visible with preset buttons; The best straightening tool I've seen; Options to adjust settings too; File folder tree view.
No longer supported? Has not been updated since 2008, forum inactive since 2009; A number of bugs such as distorted thumbnails;
http://pho.to/editor/
1.1
7.78 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 2000 to 8

v1.1 released 17 September, 2008

 
Quick Selection Guide - Mid-Level Editors

PhotoFiltre
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Many features including some that not many editors have; Now has layers which also means that transformations can apply to the image or just a layer; Photoshop 8bf filters; GIF animation; Scanner interface; Batch automation;
Not for basic users as there is not a lot of help to determine what some settings do; No HDR or Raw processing.
7.1.2
4.99 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private or educational use only
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows XP to 8

Current version released 12 July 2013.
Previous version v6.5.3 released January, 2012

Paint.Net
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Very well designed and attractive interface; Looks like some paid editors; Has the best "3D" rotation tool; Many tools clearly separated into Adjustments and Effects;
No local help only online; Not suitable for basic users.
http://www.getpaint.net
4.0.3
6 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Unrestricted freeware
Windows 7 SP1 to 8.1 Update 1; requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5

v4.0.3 released 22 July, 2014
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is automatically installed if it isn't already on the system.
Paint.NET automatically runs in 64-bit mode if you have an x64 edition of Windows.

Artweaver
3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Comprehensive help with tutorial instructions; Interface is sparse and some features are not intuitive; Extensible with four types of plug-ins; Creates PDF files;
Really a paint program at the moment; Visual interface supports paint rather than image adjustment.
http://www.artweaver.de/home-en/
4.5.4
10.71 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private or educational use only
There is no portable version of this product available.
Win XP - 7

version 4.5.4 released 6 July 2014
The paid version, ArtWeaver Plus, has a 64-bit version.

 
Quick Selection Guide - Advanced Editors

Image Analyzer
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
The most advanced free image editor for photographic processing; Transforms not found in other free software; Exif data; Plug-ins; Scripts; Multi-language.
Not easy to understand - basic users should avoid it; Far from the best for general image editing.
http://meesoft.logicnet.dk/
1.36.1
2.3 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8

v1.36.1 3 November 2013
Documentation is only on-line.
There is an active support forum.

GIMP
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Has lots of advanced features and can do almost everything the Photoshop can do; Extensible with many add-ons; Now allows all tool windows to dock within the main window.
Has a steep learning curve but will not be too hard if you have used any of the image editors in the mid-level or suites classes.
http://www.gimp.org/
2.8.10
86.2 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available but not from the developer.
Windows XP SP3 to 8.1; Linux; OSX

The installer installs the appropriate version: either 32-bit or 64-bit versions.
The help file is a separate installer on the Gimp download page. It is currently 24.2 MB. It didn't work on my system which runs Windows 7 64-bit.

There is a Windows installer for the GIMP extensions pack for Windows which allows you to choose which plug-ins, scripts, brushes, patterns, etc. that you want to install.

digiKam
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Photo management suite - viewer, organizer, editor, slideshow, calendar; Has a separate editor, ShowFoto; Very good manual and Wiki; Raw support including Exif and Makernotes; Batch processing; Sharing of images.
Very large download and program; Windows version is less stable (Linux version is more stable); Raw processing previews can't be split screen.
https://www.digikam.org/
4.2.0
233 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8

v4.2.0 7 August 2014
digiKam Wiki tutorials

 
Quick Selection Guide - Digital Image Editing Suites

Photoscape
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Very robust suite type program that can be fun to use. Includes everything from enhancing your photos and adding shapes and clip-art, to creating collages and printing.
Bundled with OpenCandy (see information link in review text). Lacks a few of the usual retouching tools, and has a slightly unusual menu system and user interface.
3.6.5
20.3 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
All Win

v3.6.5 released 5 July, 2013
Version 3.4 is compatible with Windows 98 and ME
View the changelog here

Chasys-Draw-IES
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Three useful programs: Artist, Converter, Raw processor; Modern user interface; Many features; Excellent help; HDR; sRGB model; Independent layers mean you can have multiple workspaces in the same file!; Raw file processing; Batch processing and scripting; Many file formats for import and export; Plug-ins including Photoshop b8f filters; Portable version.
Some unusual (but innovative) features; Viewer is limited.
4.24.01
19.84 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows NT / 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008 / 7 / 8

The portable version is created from the installed version using File menu | Install to USB.

 
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by makro on 19. August 2014 - 20:47  (118071)

It's understood that no image editor can beat adobe Photoshop because its a giant program of 3 to 4gb, but here: [link removed as you clearly did not read the article here] i have found some image editing software which i have found useful for beginners and these editors can edit photos easily and almost all are user-friendly and free. Also you can use these software here [reference to paid products removed] too but i can't confirm there compatibility with Windows 8/8.1 in link 1, but the image editors are compatible with Win 8/8.1 which are in link 2.

by Remah on 20. August 2014 - 0:49  (118077)

Makro, You clearly did not read the article. Your links add nothing to this topic.

Our moderators would have dealt with this but I got in first because I want people to know that spamming, like trolling, is not tolerated here.

You are welcome to post a more useful comment.

Remah - editor of Best Free Digital Image Editors

by Remah on 18. August 2014 - 1:21  (118027)

Added reviews of:
Basic editor: NCH Photopad and Visions
Advanced Editor: Image Analyzer and Digikam

Remah - Editor of this category

by Remah on 15. August 2014 - 7:08  (117961)

This article is being updated over the next few days. The first new product has been added: Chasys Draw IES (Image Editing Suite) is worth a look.

Remah - new Editor

by Joe A.TT on 22. July 2014 - 12:15  (117485)

In addition to PhotoFiltre the same developer also has PhotoFiltre 7 which is available at:

http://www.photofiltre-studio.com/pf7-en.htm

The latter supports layers whereas the former does not.

by DavidFB on 22. May 2014 - 16:29  (116363)

The Pro standard thats very useful to learn is PhotoShop. However, it's very pricey - not free. I've discovered they're now offering PhotoShop CS2 for free as a legacy program. It runs fine in current OS's and is rich with features - everything from web graphics to photo processing to batch scan processing, image repair, and so much more. Get yourself a decent reference book and you can learn the details over time. Worth it.

http://www.techspot.com/downloads/3689-adobe-photoshop-cs2.html

by Baguadude on 5. May 2014 - 5:28  (116039)

Here's another one I came across with:

PixBuilder Studio.

http://www.wnsoft.com/pixbuilder/

by shannon4599usa on 21. January 2014 - 8:36  (113807)

hello
i got tired of Gimp [and it's look-alikes] and I run into Deep Paint 2.0!
I love it! the effects of the brushes are extremely realistic, the texture brushes are easy to use and everythjng is straight forward and medium learning curve. Not alot of photo editing features but you can find and download all kinds of adobe pluggins to customize it doesn't accept adobe actions or do .ico.gifs but it's great.
high memory filter and cloning are not redoable so back the files up before using. brush creation a breeze it's just taking black and white pictures and inverting them[white on black backgrounds] doesn't accept adobe abr brushes but you can convert those to png invert tweak with the contrast and add those to the resource/brush folder user manual built in

For photo editng i use VirtualStudio which also uses adobe pluggins some are more compatible with here than deep paint vice versa. some pluggins do collaging as well try em out!!! edits most formats.still testing out.might take photoshop actions.

deep paint 2.0 is downloadable from http://download.chip.eu/en/Deep-Paint-2.0_132831.html as Right Hemisphere has a new paid version 3d don't bother registering it.

http://www.optikvervelabs.com/virtualStudio.asp virtualStudio

Together they make a great team.

by DavidFB on 22. May 2014 - 16:25  (116362)

Deep Paint is very cool but is not an image editor - it's an amazing Paint program.

by Simple Simon on 31. December 2013 - 16:48  (113302)

Apologies if anyone has already mentioned this, but there are two free version of PhotoFiltre.

The one reviewed here is the "lesser" version, PhotoFiltre 6.

The other, PhotoFiltre 7, additionally supports layers, though saving them only in its own ".pfi" format. It is available from the commercial "PhotoFiltre Studio X" website.

You enter the site on the news page, which has the following info at the top:

"The 3 versions of PhotoFiltre

PhotoFiltre Studio X : The most complete with layers, animated gif, 8BF, vectorial path

PhotoFiltre 7 : Version (freeware) with layers but more limited than the Studio X version

PhotoFiltre 6 : Basic version (freeware) without layers"

Hope this is of interest to PhotoFiltre fans - I was glad when I discovered it.

Happy 2014.

by Anupam on 31. December 2013 - 17:07  (113303)

This category does not have any editor at present, that's why the review and version have not been updated.

by SkuterB on 30. September 2013 - 3:15  (111098)

I have used this site for a couple years and have been very pleased with it.

Finally registered today with an FYI and a question.

I have used Photoscape for awhile for a couple of its features.
Today it prompted me to download a new version 3.6.5 which I did.
After downloading I scanned the file with my anti-virus and Malwarebytes.
Malwarebytes gave a warning that it contains OpenCandy.

I re-scanned the last version I had downloaded v3.6.2 and it does not contain it, so it appears it has been added recently.
I know there are different views on OpenCandy and I understand that.
(My opinion is I don't look for trouble.)

My question is has anyone installed the newer version and does it give an option to opt-out?
Thanks...

by tassieted on 16. August 2013 - 16:14  (110155)

Hi
This is my first post and I would like to say thanks to everyone for sharing their knowledge, it's a great boon to the uninitiated like me.
I have a new laptop with windows 8 and don't like the photo imaging "apps" that came with it, I was quite happy with Picture Manager (vista) as it did most of the things I needed, crop, brightness/contrast fix, file compression etc.
So I went looking for a suitable replacement....Photo! Editor looked like it may suit my needs although I was unsure if was compatible with Win8, I checked a few other reviews which suggested it was All Win compatible so I downloaded it. It has loaded OK and I can view the images but won't actually make any changes. I hope someone can put me on the right path to fixing this as it looks like a great program for me.
once again thanks for all your assistance, to especially to the newbies :)

by Joe A.TT on 16. August 2013 - 20:15  (110158)

Hello tassieted and welcome to Gizmo's! :)

Not long ago I myself was looking for an image editor. If you read the user comments below, you'll see where I posted my findings. My experience with Photo! Editor was the same as yours. Apparently it's been abandoned. What's more, the forums were full of spam when I checked last. It's a shame since it looked so promising but I just had to uninstall it in the end.

Nevertheless, I tried PhotoFiltre and found it fulfilled most of my needs. I'd recommend you try it. For that matter you should try the portable version since you could just delete it's folder if you don't like it - it's much less messy than having to uninstall. ;)

If your needs are a bit more, I'd recommend Chasys Draw IES. Again, you will find my comment and a link lower down. In fact, I've kept both these programs and use either one depending on what I need to do.

by tassieted on 16. August 2013 - 22:37  (110160)

Hi Joe A.TT thanks for your welcoming response. I suspected that it may no longer be an active program after I saw the last post dates on the forum. You're right it is a shame that it seems abandoned and unusable at least as far as win8 is concerned. I will have a look at the ones you suggested and see if they suit.
I read quite a few of the posts but must have missed yours,sorry.Perhaps a note needs to be made in the review to save others from experiencing this problem.
thanks again TT

by tassieted on 17. August 2013 - 12:55  (110178)

Hi Joe A.TT
Just thought I would thank you for recommending Photo Filtre, I have d/l and had a bit of a play and it looks like it will be perfect for my needs.
I can certainly recommend it to other new users as a fairly easy program to get the hang of so you can start quickly and as you gain more experience there are lots of other advanced functions.

by Anupam on 17. August 2013 - 7:56  (110172)

I personally like Hornil Stylepix. You can give it a try.

http://hornil.com/en/products/stylepix/

by tassieted on 17. August 2013 - 12:22  (110177)

thanks Anupam will have to check it out

by Panzer on 29. July 2013 - 10:09  (109729)

NPS Image Editor is a free, unique image editing program that is perfect for pixel art, drawing, and photo editing (Virus Total results - 2/45. False positives?):
http://nps.nookkin.com/

by JediInverse on 26. July 2013 - 9:00  (109628)

My favorite image software is actually MS Picture Manager that comes free with MS Office (including the free starter bundle shipped on most modern PCs) sure it's very basic, just a crop, resize and the usual brightness/contrast tools. But is is very easy to use and copes with almost all image formats. Not suitable if you;re looking for advanced editing features but probably good enough for 70% of the users out there.

I also use Irfanview, sure it looks like a piece of software from the days of Windows NT 4 and the menus are somewhat awkward to navigate but there are a lot of tools to play around with and it can even work with animated gif files.

by dynamite00401 on 23. July 2013 - 17:23  (109529)

Re: LightBox Image Editor
I've got a bit of news for the software that Gizmo already thinks is the best in it's class. I was talking with the developer yesterday. He told me that there are some cool things ahead for this great Image Editing tool. I quote him from his email to me:
"I am getting closer to getting a free version out. I just released a beta featuring advanced noise reduction, and will be working over the next 2 months on the next official release which, among other things, revamps the front UI. I am waiting for one more thing before I want to put out the free version, which is Flickr/Facebook uploading. I am looking at the end of the year or New Year for getting out a free version. Unlike the previous free version, which was a really stripped down version of Sagelight, the new free version will be Sagelight Standard, and the Sagelight Pro version would be the purchased version; so it would be a full editor, with the Pro functions basically extending the main functionality."

So when the new free version of Sagelight is released, I will update the product immediately. I hope you are all looking forward to it. I know I am. :-)

by Panzer on 4. July 2013 - 9:53  (108958)

Image View (Plus More) - "... This is the "emacs of image editors". It has a small footprint and a simple interface with a lot of neat shortcuts that leaves screen space for the important thing: The images! The interface is optimized for my typical work flow in editing photos, writing papers, powerpoints, and documents, and testing new image processing algorithms. Now in version 2 you can even develop RAW images from most cameras (tested with Canon and Nikon) - you can get even change the settings! It has a lot of other powerful features like blending, retouching, lens distortion, filtering, 3D reconstruction, etc. right at your fingertips ...":
http://www.sequoiagrove.dk/tools.php#imgview

Special approval obtained from MC due to lacking WOT rating.

http://www.urlvoid.com/scan/sequoiagrove.dk/
http://zulu.zscaler.com/submission/show/c386bbb3fe7b1c2369d39cc5b9976724...
http://www.webutation.net/go/review/sequoiagrove.dk?req=chrome
https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/1e0cfdae7175fc12ebdee43c465382d5c2baca...

by intuitive challenged on 20. March 2013 - 5:12  (106398)

I need a tool to crop photos and make the file size smaller. Every image processing program I have tried increases the file size, I assume because they keep "undo" information.

I think someone who knows how to create software could easily make a cropping tool that does not keep "undo" information. Perhaps it could convert a JPG to a Bitmap then convert only the current image data remaining after the crop back to a JPG.

If anybody knows of the existence of a true filesize-reducing image cropper please let me know.

by shannon4599usa on 21. January 2014 - 8:41  (113809)
by intuitive challenged on 18. November 2013 - 1:44  (112320)

Since the above posting I have learned that GIMP does exactly what I want. It does its editing in what I guess is a kind of bitmap format then you can export the final product to a .jpg format with no extraneous information so crops are definitely smaller than originals.

by Panzer on 4. March 2013 - 9:32  (105930)

"... Pholor Express is a free image editing software that is easy to operate. It could crop, rotate, resize, sharp, and adjust tone handily, help to get your photos ready quickly for Blog, Facebook and Twitter ..." (1/46 on Virus Total - possible false positive?)
http://pholor.com/enu/express.html

Features:

- Compact User Interface
- Real time results
- Fast Operation
- Dehaze

by Panzer on 28. February 2013 - 9:19  (105813)

"... PhotoSun 14 gives you everything you need to fix your photos. Remove red-eye with a click. Adjust exposure, brightness, and contrast. Crop to frame your subject. If you don’t know where to begin, click the Enhance tool and watch PhotoSun 14 automatically fix underexposed or dull photos. From there, you can try a few more tricks ...":
http://micranes.weebly.com/index.html

by Panzer on 23. February 2013 - 8:10  (105680)

LazPaint - Image editor, like PaintBrush or Paint.Net, written in Lazarus (Free Pascal). Includes BGRABitmap, a set of drawing routines:

Features:

* antialiasing
* multiple undo
* alpha blending
* BGRABitmap
* selection of any shape
* rotation
* filters
* update checker

http://sourceforge.net/projects/lazpaint/

by Century22 on 6. February 2013 - 0:48  (105072)

I have tried them ALL, and they are ALL TERRIBLE.
Time consuming, non-intuitive, steep learning curve, non functional or only partially functional. I have not found one that could do HALF of what I want to do with it.
Each has SOME functions that work, and each has many functions that do not. NONE of them will do it all.

by Joe A.TT on 6. February 2013 - 2:11  (105124)

I've tried LightBox and Photo! Editor. The first is OK but doesn't have the tools I need enabled in the free version. The second didn't work at all and it seems it's not developed or supported anymore.

Recently I tried PhotoFiltre and I was surprised at what I was able to do with it. I haven't tried all the functions, but all I used worked so far. I guess it depends on what functions you are looking for. The only drawback with PhotoFiltre that I've found is that there isn't much in the help files, and what there is on the internet or their forum is in French which I don't speak. I agree the learning curve could be a bit steep (especially for noobs like me), and it takes a lot of time experimenting and learning, but I think it's worth a try.

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