May 19, 2006

Free Photo Editing Software

There are many image editing tools on the Internet. Many also let you print digital photos. These programs offer varying degrees of image editing features. Here is a list of my top 5 picks for image editing downloads.

IrfanView is a very fast, very small program for those quick tweaks like resizing for the web, sharpening. I use this program everyday for graphics I intent to put on the web. It can't be beat for being quick and light weight.

The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an open-source program originally developed by two university students in 1996. It has now morphed into a powerful image editor with a huge user base. The latest version, the GIMP 2.0, has a revamped user interface hoping to gain a wider audience.

Picasa is a powerful and free software from the folks at Google that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. If you always had problems keeping track of your pictures, Picasa will help you do that by sorting them into visual albums. Moreover, if you want to quickly touch up your photos, Picasa offers many one-click fixes to do just that. What’s more, the program allows you to easily share those photos through email, printing or CDs. There are a couple of things about its interface I'm not crazy about but I keep it on my system for certain tasks like bulk emailing photos.

Not well known is a freebie called Faststone. A lot of bang for the buck here with photo management, a really slick interface and rudimentary photo editing capabilities. A great Picasa alternative.

I love cam2pc. It runs in my system tray automatically (but doesn't gobble up resources). When I plug any one of my cameras into my USB port, magic happens. cam2pc names the folder to copy your files to and even renames your pictures exactly the way you want it. It also rotates automatically the pictures you have taken in portrait mode (on compatible cameras).

Grab one or all of this photo editing freeware today!