Great Free Photo Editing Programs

Digital photography is a wonderful thing, but soon one ends up with hundreds of pictures which would be great except they need just a little correction or tweaking. Maybe there are problems with red eye, or the contrast or brightness was not quite right. Few people want to spend fifty to three hundred dollars on a photo editing program to deal with these problems. Luckily, there are plenty of quality free photo editing programs out there to choose from.

FxFoto

FxFoto’s standard edition is one of many photo editing programs that does most things that the casual photographer would like to correct in their pictures. Included in the standard edition for FxFoto are tools like lighting and image adjustment, red eye correction, blemish correction, smoothing, cropping, photo frames, and text enhancement. Of course, it goes without saying this application will save and rename standard image files. FxFoto has one of the higher user ratings from unaffiliated websites such as downloads.com hosted by CNET. The deluxe version of this software does much more including slide shows, scrapbook layouts, and collages to name a few.

Photozig Albums Express

Another great pick in editing programs would be Photozig Albums Express. This application is a great solution for managing digital photos and slide shows on your computer. This program makes it easy to transfer pictures from your computer to your camera and organize them in any way you see fit. Tools such as red eye correction and their own “quick fix” allow you to automatically adjust brightness and contrast intensity to the optimum level. The Photozig application also saves the original so it is easy to go back to your original photo if you don’t like the correction. It’s easy to use interface makes this program wonderful for all levels of users from advance to beginner. This program works with both the Windows XP and Vista operating system.

Pixresizer 2.0.3

Pixresizer is an easy to use photo file resize application. Have you ever tried to send your pictures to friends and relatives only to find that they have a hard time viewing them because the resolution or size of the photo is just too big? This nifty little program will have you quickly resizing one or ten selected photos for easier use within email applications and on the web. The smaller sized pictures are saved to a separate file so that the original photo is unchanged. It also converts photos between various different formats. As far as free photo editing programs go, this one should be included with every digital camera sold.

These are just a few choices of the numerous free photo programs and tools out there for the general public to use. Whether you desire to create digital photo albums, online scrapbooks, or slide shows, there is certain to be a quality product out there for your use. Just be sure when you are downloading an application that you are doing it from a reputable website so you can be sure you won’t get any unwanted viruses.

10 Free Windows-Based Photo Editing Programs For Preparing Your Photography For Canvas

Creating a canvas art print is quite a major event in your home’s interior design! While there are plenty of ready-to-order landscape canvas prints and images from pro photographers, it can be even more special for your canvas art to have that personal touch. Given the right resolution photo, any of your most special images can be made suitable for canvas printing without any further investment; that is why we are looking at the best free photo editing programs for Windows computers here. Have a read, and download whichever sounds good to you… there is nothing to lose!

1. The GIMP

This is at the top of everybody’s must-have free photo editing list, and is a serious competitor for mainstream paid photo editors like Photoshop. It has a friendly user interface and plenty of options.

2. VCW Vicman’s Photo Editor

This program helps create perfect canvas art prints with an interface that will look very familiar to users of any mainstream image editing program… especially those familiar with Adobe CS. The commercial version costs $30, but the free version will be suitable for the touch-ups necessary for canvas art printing files.

3. Image Force

You can both paint images and edit photos with this free Windows-based software. It has some visual effects for photos – use these sparingly with your canvas prints, though.

4. Paint.net

This ongoing project was begun by Washington State University students, and is easily a match for paid applications. It has the capacity for standard image edits as well as effects and painting.

5. Ultimate Paint

Creation, editing and effects are all possible with this program – the difference is its size and directness. The release now available is getting on in years, but some people still swear by it for editing photos for canvas art printing.

6. PhotoFiltre

If you aren’t confident with choosing levels for adjusting your images, PhotoFiltre takes a lot of the guesswork out of the task. It is also very fast – you won’t spend hours locating the tasks you want. Commercial organizations must pay – but for you, it’s free!

7. Photoshop.com

Not technically an image editing Windows-based application – this is actually a browser based application. You don’t need tpo download anything, and the interface will seem much more familiar… because it comes on the background of your favorite browser. There are free options for use

8. FotoFlexer.com

Another software-as-a-service type offering for canvas art print creation, FotoFlexer is a very simple to use online image editing application. This one includes a Photoshop-style Curves dialog – but a downside is that rotation is limited to 90 degree increments.

9. Photoscape

It doesn’t look like much at first glance – but those who have been using it for a while are often ardent proponents of Photoscape. It has an enormous feature profile, rivaling that of Photoshop, as well as handy tools like batch processing capability, RAW converter, screen capture tool, colour picker, etc.

10. Serif PhotoPlus

Using this software for editing your canvas art print photos is a great way to get to know a paid, commercial program for free. Serif PhotoPlus gives away the old versions of their software for free, to entice users to buy the current version. Great deal!

Picasa Is a Great Photo Editing Program

Using Picasa Photo Viewer

One of the greatest free programs on the Internet is Google’s Picasa. Clever name, and I can imagine Picasso himself would have fun with this easy to use program. Besides those great vacation photos, it is vital for ecommerce projects. If you are taking pictures of people and products, you have to get the pictures just right before uploading them or making a slide show.

When you try out other programs to edit photos, you really find out how tough they are to use, and/or just plain annoying. Recently I was trying to find ones that did something that Picasa couldn’t, and I could barely figure them out, even the simple functions took a lot of effort. And the gold standard, Photoshop, which has wonderful features far beyond Picasa, is tricky to use for the beginner.

To get Picasa, Google “Picasa download,” and you’ll find it right away. Download the program and save it, and then open it. To start editing a picture, click on the option to import a file under “File,” and select your picture you wish to edit.

The functions are extremely clear and easy to use, including crop, retouch, and many others. One icon is “I’m Feeling Lucky,” which is a one-stop general photo enhancer that I find useful for some photographs, always worth a try.

One handy feature is the “undo” button, you can always click “undo crop” or “undo straighten,” and start again.

If you look next to the “Basic Fixes” tab, you’ll see “Tuning,” where you can lighten or darken a photograph. If you have a photo that is washed-out looking, darkening it can make a dramatic difference. Lighting can also help a murky or dark photo.

Picasa is great for preparing photographs to use in a Movie Maker slide show, as you need to get them just right before you start a project. I usually create a special folder that has the photos I plan to use, and after finishing them in Picasa, I save them in that folder ready to access when I start.

You can salvage photos that don’t look so good for one reason or another with all the various features in Picasa, and also in Windows Movie Maker. Besides obvious improvements such as lightening a photo or darkening it with the “tuning” feature, you can make it sepia tone, black and white, or saturate the colors. This is useful for pictures that look faded, and still need to be brightened. Try darkening a photo to bring out the color first, and then try saturation. Too much saturation is not good, and the nice thing about Picasa is that you can easily tell with the “what you see what you get” aspect of how it works.

One neat trick Picasa has is the ability to blur part of the photograph around a clear image, you can both increase the width and intensity of the blurring to great effect. I once made a color photograph sepia toned, and blurred half the image except for the focal point, and it came out great. You can even make part of the picture in color and part of it in black and white.

Also, since you are in the Google empire, you can easily post a photo to your blog by clicking on the blog option at the bottom and follow the prompts.

One thing to remember when you are scanning a photograph from a print or other image is that you must close in all the sides in the scanning of the image. If you put a small picture in the middle of the scanner and save it with all the white border around it remaining, it makes it very hard to enlarge in Picasa. So use the feature in your scanner to move the frame in until it leaves very little white space before saving.

Though sometimes you can crop white space out around a photo, and it will enlarge when you save it, sometimes it won’t, and ends up a tiny image that does not fill the screen.

One good thing about Picasa is that it saves the original photograph, so you don’t lose it when playing around with the editing. I’m not exactly sure how all this works, but as with all programs, explore and test every corner of the software on all types of photos, and you’ll find out plenty of new things.

You can’t beat the price, absolutely free, and combining all other factors, Picasa is one of the top products when you need those photos for family or business edited.