Top 5 Free Photo Editing Software Packages
When thinking about photo editing software the first thing that pops into most people’s heads is likely to be Photoshop. It’s one of the most popular and versatile photo editing software packages around. However, it comes with a hefty price tag and tends to be mainly used by companies for web design etc. If you’re an amateur photographer just starting out then it’s likely that you don’t have a spare £400+ spare to purchase photo editing software. But fear not, amateur photographer! There are plenty of more than decent free photo editing software packages available:
GIMP – The GNU Image Manipulation Program is widely regarded as the best free photo editor available. It’s an incredibly powerful editing tool that allows the user to correct colours, sharpen or blur and image, remove red-eye, control contrast/brightness etc, add special effects, use imaging layers, and even create an animation. GIMP can take a while to get the hang of if you’re new to photo editing but there are plenty of online tutorials on YouTube to guide you through the basics and the more complex functions.
PhoXo – It’s not quite as powerful as GIMP, but then most editing software isn’t. However it’s still a great tool that allows you to transform your images, add different effects, customise images with various clipart, and add custom watermarks to a group of photos.
Paint.Net – A good all-round photo editing tool that allows you to resize and rotate photos, add special effects, and edit images in layers. The program can be extended to suit your needs via different plugins. The straightforward and easy to use interface is ideal for first time editing software users.
Photo Pos Pro – Not quite as sleek looking as some of the other photo editing software but once you get over dated interface and begin to explore its functionality you’ll be impressed. It supports layered editing and has a great deal of extremely configurable effects, as well as a scripting tool which enables you to automate some editing tasks.
Chasys Draw IES – Once you get over the daft name the creators gave to the software then it’s actually a really nifty piece of kit. It has a strong layer support, lots of special effects, colour and lighting adjustments, and Photoshop plugin support. The program also allows users to create animations, icons, cursors and capture videos of desktop activity. Chasys Draw IES has a RAW file processor, image viewer and converter included making it a really versatile editing package.