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    I am trying to compile a list of freewares that one can use for editing photos. Please share what other tools are available free or at a small fees. I am sure not a lot of us (amateurs) need to use expensive photoshop for post processing. And we should not use pirated softwares. Also if the below tools are worth it, please donate to the developers. Hopefully, they can keep these free if they have enough to keep their passion alive.

    Please also share your experiences in using them. Also, do note that we are capturing freewares and not sharewares or trialwares. And do not recommend software that you have not used before, are buggy and contain adware/spyware or viruses. Also note that while this list is recommended by fellow CSer, as each computer has different specs and is setup differently, your experience may differ. So use at your own risks.

    If you are recommending a software. Please use the below format to facilitate cut and paste.
    [category] software title - url

    List of freewares recommended by Csers:

    Photo Management
    My Photo Index - http://www.myphotoindex.com/
    Cornice - http://wxglade.sourceforge.net/extra/cornice.html
    Portable Cornice - http://portableapps.com/apps/graphic...rnice_portable
    XnView - http://www.xnview.com/en/index.html
    Portable XnView - http://portableapps.com/apps/graphic...nview_portable
    Faststone Image Viewer - http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

    Full fledge Editor - trying to replace Photoshop
    Gimp - http://www.gimp.org/
    Portable Gimp - http://portableapps.com/apps/graphic.../gimp_portable
    Paint.net - http://www.getpaint.net/

    Quick fix Photo Editors
    Picasa - http://picasa.google.com/
    Photoscape - http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php
    Fotografix - http://lmadhavan.com/software/fotografix/

    HDR
    SNS-HDR Lite - http://www.sns-hdr.com/index.html
    Picturenaut - http://www.hdrlabs.com/picturenaut/index.html
    Luminance HDR (v2 is free but buggy) - http://qtpfsgui.sourceforge.net/

    Watermark
    Fast Stone Photo Resizer - http://faststone.org/

    Panorama
    Hugin - http://hugin.sourceforge.net/
    Microsoft ICE - http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/...roups/ivm/ice/

    Noise Reduction
    Picture Cooler 2010 - http://denoiser.shorturl.com/

    Portrait Retouch
    CleanSkinFX - http://www.mediachance.com/digicam/cleanskin.htm

    Eliminate Hotpixel
    Hotpixel Eliminator - http://www.mediachance.com/digicam/hotpixels.htm

    Dust Removal
    Polaroid - http://web.archive.org/web/200206121...sr/pdsr1_0.exe

    Raw to Jpg convertor
    Easy2Convert Raw to JPG - http://www.easy2convert.com/raw2jpg/
    Instant Jpeg from RAW - http://www.rawworkflow.com/instant-j...m-raw-utility/
    RawTherapee - http://www.rawtherapee.com/ {1 report of PC crash}

    Data Recovery
    Recuva - http://www.piriform.com/recuva

    Fisheye to rectilinear conversion
    Rectfish - http://www.acapixus.dk/software/rectfish/index.htm

    Photoshop plugins - of course you must first have PS
    Photoshop Action Exchange - http://www.atncentral.com/

    Gimp plugins
    G'MIC, noise reduction - http://gmic.sourceforge.net/gimp.shtml
    UFraw, read raw - http://ufraw.sourceforge.net/

    Data Backup - use at your own risk.
    Allway Sync - http://allwaysync.com/, replication with another PC or usb storage.
    Amanda -http://amanda.zmanda.com/, opensource server/client backup

    Monitor calibration
    Hex2Bit - http://www.hex2bit.com/products/product_mcw.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManWearPants View Post
    I am trying to compile a list of freewares that one can use for editing photos. Please share what other tools are available free or at a small fees. I am sure not a lot of us (amateurs) need to use expensive photoshop for post processing. And we should not use pirated softwares.

    Please also share your experiences in using them

    Organizer

    Editing
    Gimp
    Picasa

    HDR
    Picturenaut

    Watermark
    Fast Stone Image Viewer

    Others
    Picasa is a free software for editing and easy to use as well!!!
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    Organizer

    Editing
    Gimp
    Picasa
    Paint.net

    HDR
    Picturenaut
    hdr - http://qtpfsgui.sourceforge.net/

    Watermark
    Fast Stone Image Viewer

    Others
    A picture a day keeps the blues away!

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    just drop the software name. I will update the original list. I think for editors may need to further categories into full fledge ones and quick fixes.
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    just in case you want to include it in,

    http://www.atncentral.com/

    is a great stop for loads of free photoshop actions.

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    Hugin for Panorama... http://hugin.sourceforge.net/

    however, the installation might not be a clean one click installation... require to download separate software to create and link control points... the Control Points Creater is called Panomatic... unzip the zip file into Hugin folder, then need to set Panomatic to default control point detector in Hugin by clicking File -> Preferences (Control Points Detectors tab)...

    Memory Cards / Harddisk Data Recovery Freeware

    Recuva http://www.piriform.com/recuva

    hope this helps...
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    Can take this as raw converter but only convert the original unedited image

    Instant Jpeg from RAW http://www.rawworkflow.com/instant-j...m-raw-utility/

    left this out... cos this won't show in the start menu... it would show when right click RAW file... it would pull the embedded Jpeg inside the RAW file (camera body always read Jpeg file if you notice the manual)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaRv1s View Post
    Can take this as raw converter but only convert the original unedited image

    Instant Jpeg from RAW http://www.rawworkflow.com/instant-j...m-raw-utility/

    left this out... cos this won't show in the start menu... it would show when right click RAW file... it would pull the embedded Jpeg inside the RAW file (camera body always read Jpeg file if you notice the manual)...
    I will leave this out for now as the download requires registration. I would think a batch raw to jpg convertor should be more useful.

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    Another simple quick fix editor, Photoscape

    http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php

    It has more functions and control than what is offered by Picasa, including some nice presets/effects, RAW converter, animated gif maker etc. Good for beginners. However, it takes up heaps of memory space too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManWearPants View Post
    I will leave this out for now as the download requires registration. I would think a batch raw to jpg convertor should be more useful.
    can do batch too... just highlight all the raw files you want embedded Jpegs to be pulled out and it would goes into a folder in the same folder you put your raw...

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    Any good free prog that reduce noise?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaRv1s View Post
    can do batch too... just highlight all the raw files you want embedded Jpegs to be pulled out and it would goes into a folder in the same folder you put your raw...
    ok. I have added it in the list since it is free. I just didn't understand the need to register before downloading a freeware.

    Quote Originally Posted by madmartian View Post
    Any good free prog that reduce noise?
    TIA
    You know what. Found one. Please download, try and revert if it is usable. TIA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmartian View Post
    Any good free prog that reduce noise?
    TIA
    Bro, gd things doesnt come free, Thought Noise Ninja is good
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    I propose following open source or freeware software to be included in the list

    -- Cornice and Portable Cornice for Photo Management
    -- Portable Gimp (since GIMP already made it to the list) for full fledged Editor
    -- XnView and Portable XnView for photo management, basic photo editing and conversion
    -- Rawtherapee for full fledged Raw to Jpeg converter
    -- G'MIC as a GIMP's noise reduction plug-in

    Portable software means the software can operate from USB thumb drive without installing software into the computer. Additional available freeware software listing available at Wikipedia includes

    -- Fotografix for photo editing
    -- Artweaver
    -- Faststone Image Viewer
    -- IrfanView for photo management and conversion
    Last edited by Squid; 7th June 2010 at 10:16 PM. Reason: Add in G'MIC plug-in

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    Quote Originally Posted by Numnumball View Post
    Bro, gd things doesnt come free, Thought Noise Ninja is good
    All that they mentioned are good & free wor.........................
    Take the shot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManWearPants View Post
    ok. I have added it in the list since it is free. I just didn't understand the need to register before downloading a freeware.
    hahaha beats me... but now i'm starting to hate this thread... i just downloaded 3 software for my already slow computer... how slow my computer is? i can type faster than the screen could disply.... -_-'''

    Thanks for Sharing guys... Thanks ManWearPants for bringing up this thread...

    Cheers...

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    hi MWP

    i have 2 contributions here.


    1)

    http://www.cinepaint.org/

    some of the features:
    Support for 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit color channels of deep paint.
    Color Management System. CinePaint uses LittleCMS.


    GIMP does not do 16 bit editing now, the FAQ said gimp 3.0 will do 16 bit editing, so it is still far away.



    2)

    http://ufraw.sourceforge.net/

    This allows GIMP to open raw files. But whether using this with GIMP means 16 bit editing or not I am not sure.




    there are others but i have not use them before, but i will just list them here:

    http://www.koffice.org/krita/
    http://seashore.sourceforge.net/
    http://kornelix.squarespace.com/fotoxx/
    http://f-spot.org/Features%20



    tks alot to all those who contribute and especially MWP


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    i believe there is a portable version of photoscape (i am using now) so u can install it in ur thumbdrive and it won't take a single bit of space in ur PC...haha!can use in other PC as well, just plug in the thumbdrive...can be downloaded from softonic.com just search for photoscape portable (it is free! if not wrong ver.3.4?)

    btw, kudos to TS! this is definitely useful, especially for no money-er like me...heheh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squid View Post
    I propose following open source or freeware software to be included in the list

    -- Cornice and Portable Cornice for Photo Management
    -- Portable Gimp (since GIMP already made it to the list) for full fledged Editor
    -- XnView and Portable XnView for photo management, basic photo editing and conversion
    -- Rawtherapee for full fledged Raw to Jpeg converter
    -- G'MIC as a GIMP's noise reduction plug-in

    Portable software means the software can operate from USB thumb drive without installing software into the computer. Additional available freeware software listing available at Wikipedia includes

    -- Fotografix for photo editing
    -- Artweaver
    -- Faststone Image Viewer
    -- IrfanView for photo management and conversion
    Can you use the below format to facilitate cut and paste.
    Name - URL

    Are these good or simply because there is a portable version? I don't think much of IrfanView as a photo management or conversion tool. I think it is just a slightly better image editor compared to MS Paint.

    Also where do you classify Artweaver? It does not look like an editor but a software similiar to a art filters.
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