Are you a digital photographer? These days,
Plenty of downloads can help manage your photo collection, perform editing magic, share your images with others in photo albums and slide shows,
Photo Editing Tools
Need to clean up your photos, remove red-eye from portraits, perform gamma correction, or add special effects? Lots of software offerings can help. Our list includes tools for amateurs and pros alike.
When you think of open-source software, you might think of half-baked programs that lack power and are too hard for normal folks to use. Well, think again. This open-source image editor packs a surprising amount of power and is well designed, if a bit eccentric in layout. Even though it's free, it compares favorably to the power of Photoshop, and it includes many of the kinds of editing features you can find in
Of course, it has the basic tools you'd expect in a photo editor, such as red-eye removal, but it offers plenty more beyond those. If you're looking for professional-level photo editing but you don't want to spend a bundle--or even a penny--this is the program for you.
Download The Gimp | Price: Free
With photo editors, usually you can have one of two choices--either simple or powerful. As a general rule, the more simple the interface, the more basic the program, and the more powerful the program, the more complicated the interface. Photo Pos Pro does a great job of balancing power and usability. The interface is clean and simple, with all of the editing tools laid out neatly along the sides and the top of the main screen, which shows your photo. Hover your mouse over an icon, and a balloon tip will tell you exactly what it does, although in many instances the icon is self-explanatory.
The array of editing tools in Photo Pos Pro is mind-boggling. Every automatic-editing tool you could want is right there, from the basics (such as red-eye reduction) to advanced functions that automatically sharpen or blur images, make them warmer or cooler, add frames and special effects, and do many other tricks. You get drawing tools as well, plus the ability to work in layers. If you want powerful editing tools within easy reach, this application is a great choice.
Download Photo Pos Pro | Price: $50 (shareware)
When it comes to affordable
Download XnView | Price: Free
Looking for a simple photo editor that isn't bloated, but loads fast and
Download Saint Paint Studio
Need a quick-and-dirty way to resize a group of photographs? Get this free, exceptionally easy-to-use PowerToy from Microsoft. Right-click a single photograph or a group of photographs, select Resize Pictures, and a dialog box appears for you to resize the images to one of four sizes: Small (640 by 480 pixels), Medium (800 by 600 pixels), Large (1024 by 768 pixels), or Handheld PC (240 by 320 pixels). When you make your selection and click OK, it will make copies of your pictures in the new size while leaving the originals intact. If you click the Advanced button before you click OK, you can choose to resize the original pictures instead of making a copy. Warning: You can make pictures only smaller, not larger--if you choose a size bigger than the original, the program simply won't obey.
Download Image Resizer | Price: Free
Here's another freebie that's remarkable for the number of surprisingly powerful editing tools it puts at your fingertips. Think of a photo-editing feature, and FXFoto probably has it. Automatic red-eye removal? Yep. Brightness, contrast, and gamma correction?
What's also nice about FXFoto 2.0 is its interface, which creates a gallery of photos down the left side of your screen so you can easily scroll through them and find the exact one you want.
Download FxFoto 2.0 | Price: Free
Have photos that need to be fixed? I don't mean something simple such as red-eye removal, but more complex problems, such as moir
Download Cleanerzoomer | Price: $35 (shareware)