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Top 40 FREE Photographer Software

including photo editing, image manipulation, management, raw workflow apps and other tools

When we talk about editing, resizing, manipulating of photos/images, most of the photographers use Adobe Photoshop. But, Photoshop is seriously is not every photographer`s cup of coffee. You have to dig hard, just to do some simple tasks. Like tweaking overexposure, underexposure, random blemishes, red-eye problems, white balance issues and other visual mishaps. Besides, it`s very expensive!
So here`s a list of photography software that are easy to use, effective and don`t cost a penny.
Notes: Listed in no particular order. And yes, you can tell us if there is any other software that you feel suits best in this list.


Photo editing software

Photobie

Photobie is image editing software that combines features amateurs can use with advanced tools professionals will appreciate. Photobie is free for personal use with no Pro upgrade to pay for -- all features are free. Photobie is also a community of people ...

Paint.net
Paint.Net

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

Gimp

This software is the mother of all free photography software. It does almost everything that Adobe Photoshop does and it is completely open source. There`s even a version that mimics the look of Photoshop so you can get used to it without having a steep learning curve if you have transferred across from PS. This one is a must have.

Photoscape
Photoscape

Photoscape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. Key Features: Viewer, Editor, Batch editor, Page, Combine, Animated GIF, Print, Splitter, Screen Capture, Color Picker, Rename, Raw Converter: Convert RAW to JPG, Paper Print, Face Search, ...

Helicon Filter
Helicon Filter

Helicon Filter is a complete photo editing solution for the digital photographer. Its easy and intuitive interface, live preview feature, and contextual help ensure an easy start in photo editing for beginners. The program is built as step by step workflow guiding you through all post processing stages of photo editing.

IrfanView
IrfanView

IrfanView is designed to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals. It`s very fast, small, compact and innovative freeware (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows.

Evan's Image Editor
Evan's Image Editor

Evan's Image Editor (EIE) is a free image editor that contains several GPU-powered image modifiers that take advantage of modern graphics hardware, giving you an instant preview of the effect while you adjust parameters.

Photo Pos Pro
Photo Pos Pro

Photo Pos Pro Photo Editor offers powerful tools and functions which include among other things Support of many picture file types, Support of scanners and digital cameras, Advanced Image Enhancing and editing tools and functions, Tools for creating Computer Graphics Design, Rich Text Tools, Special Effects, Selection Tools, Layers & Masks, Gradients, Patterns and Texture, Script Tools, Batch Operations ...

Seashore
Seashore

Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS X's Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the GIMP's technology and uses the same native file format.

Picnik
Picnik

Picnik is a really slick online application for tweaking and editing photos, and it offers a truly lovely user interface that's refreshingly simple to use. There are a variety of basic photo editing tools like cropping, resizing, red-eye correction, and a handy autofix button to make a picture look better without fussing around with each setting.

MAGIX Photo Designer
MAGIX Photo Designer

MAGIX Photo Designer lets you easily edit, retouch, design, optimize, and distort your photos. It comes with lot of photo editing tools, but makes it extremely easy to use those to edit your photos.

XnView
XnView

XnView is a utility for viewing and converting graphic files. Key features: Import about 400 graphic file formats, Export about 50 graphic file formats, Multipage TIFF, Animated GIF, Animated ICO support, Image IPTC, EXIF metadata support, EXIF auto rotation support, IPTC editing, Resize, rotate, crop support, Lossless rotate & crop (jpeg) support, Adjust brightness, contrast..., Auto levels, contrast, Modify number of colors, Apply filters (blur, average, emboss, ...), Apply effects (lens, wave, ...), ...

PEdit
PEdit

PEdit is an easy free photo editor. With this free photo editor we want to achieve to provide an easy, accessible and simple photo editor for the most common image editing activities. PEdit free photo editor can be used by everyone. PEdit is free and it will be in the future.

PaintStar
PaintStar

PaintStar is a versatile digital image processing software suitable for such tasks as retouching of photographs, composing and authoring images, image morphing, screen capture, and displaying image thumbnail in Windows Explorer context menu. It supports alpha, layer, path, and the most common editing techniques.

Bibble 5
Bibble 5

Bibble 5 is an ambitious project to revolutionize Digital Photographic Workflow. Expanding on Bibble 4's speed and power, Bibble 5 is designed to unite unparalleled photographic editing capability and blazing speed in a sleek, modern interface.

PhotoPlus
PhotoPlus

PhotoPlus Starter Edition is the amazing free digital photo editing software from Serif. Key features: Import and edit common image file formats, Straighten photos and crop to common print sizes, Repair old and damaged photos, Remove red eye, smooth skin, whiten teeth and more, Remove unwanted objects from pictures, Adjust levels, curves, brightness, contrast and more, Paint and blend with artistic brushes, ...

Zoner Photo Studio
Zoner Photo Studio

Zoner Photo Studio is full fledged free photo editing suite. It comes with photo viewer, photo manger, and photo editor. It provides one click solutions to fix common problems with photos, like, remove red eye, remove wrinkles from photos, add nice effects to photos, sharpen pictures, and more. It also lets you easily share photos on Facebook, and Flickr. You can tag pictures, and create panoramic photos.

Acorn
Acorn

A great Mac image editor, built for humans. Key features: Layer Styles, Multistop Live Gradients, Rotating Text and Shapes, Quickmask, Instant Alpha, Filters (Inner shadow, bevel, circles and lines, ... ), Vector Chops, PSD Import and Export, Web Export, Create Custom Brushes, Vector Tools, Scriptable and Automat-able, Screenshots, Selections, Layer Masks, ...

Hornil StylePix
Hornil StylePix

Hornil StylePix is another free easy to use photo editing software. It is actually a combination of photo editing and image editing software. It lets you draw pictures, resize photos, rotate photos, synthesis photos, sharpen/blur photos, remove red eye, remove dust, and much more.

FotoMix

FotoMix specializes in mixing multiple photos to create a single photo. You can also change background of your photos.

Picasa

Picasa is one of the most advanced free Photo Editing Software. It lets you manage your complete photo library, edit photos easily, and upload photos to Picasa Web Album. It also comes with Face recognition feature to automatically recognize and tag photos belonging to same person.



Image manipulation software

CleanSkinFX
CleanSkinFX

CleanSkinFX is the most powerful automatic retouch for portraits. Touch up skin tones and blemishes. It smooths the skin of the object while preserving all the details and crispness of hair, eyes or background. Best of all, it`s free.

Light Artist
Light Artist

With this program you can easily make your ordinary and undistinguished photos sunnier, romantic or even gloomy if you want. You can modify the light color, add multiple light sources, change the surface qualities of the image and add various ambient illumination effects.

Hugin Panorama photo stitcher
Hugin - Panorama photo stitcher

As the name suggests, this free software lets you stitch several photographs together to make a panorama. With Hugin you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.

5DFly Photo Design
5DFly Photo Design

Design over 10 photos by few mouse clicks. Easily create scrapbook, collage, calendar, greeting cards & more ... Automatic photo rendering of photo templates. Powerful & easy-to-use photo editing software. Amazing well-designed photo templates.

Image Tricks

Image Tricks is a freeware application for editing your photos and images using Mac OS X Core Image filters and Quartz Compositions that unimaginably transform your photos. 77 Core Image Effects and Filters. 35 Quartz Compositions. About 100 unique masks can be applied to an image.



Photo management software

STOIK Imagic
STOIK Imagic

It's an easy image viewer and pics editor, video editor. Quick to learn and easy to use, STOIK Imagic makes managing your photos and videos fun. Bundling a blazing fast image viewer with convenient image organizer and comprehensive still and video editor, STOIK Imagic has everything to keep, share and perfect your memories.

digiKam
digiKam

digiKam is an advanced digital photo management application for Linux, Windows, and Mac-OSX. The people who inspired digiKam's design are the photographers like you who want to view, manage, edit, enhance, organize, tag, and share photographs under Linux systems.

Cam2pc
Cam2pc

Cam2pc is the digital imaging solution that will make using your digital camera a snap! From picture download and media organization to image retouching and media sharing, cam2pc offers all the features you might think of when working with your digital media.

FastStone Photo Resizer
FastStone Photo Resizer

FastStone Photo Resizer is an image converter and renaming tool that intends to enable users to convert, rename, resize, crop, rotate, change color depth, add text and watermarks to images in a quick and easy batch mode. Drag and Drop mouse operation is well supported.

Studio Line Photo
Studio Line Photo

Studio Line Photo Basic 3 allows you to add descriptions to your images, send photos per email in just the right size, print high- quality copies, display slide-shows, publish web-galleries, safe-keep your images on CD or DVD.



Raw conversion Tools

RAW Therapee

This is a free program to manipulate your RAW images. It has many tools to enhance details, offer control over colour and exposure and offers several option to remove noise from your photos. It also offers batch processing and is well worth a try.

UFRaw

The Unidentified Flying Raw (UFRaw) is a utility to read and manipulate raw images from digital cameras. It can be used on its own or as a Gimp plug-in.

SharpRaw

SharpRaw is the only software product to use Neural Network technology to perform interpolation of raw data files to produce the highest possible resolution with the lowest noise. SharpRaw can process Minolta MRW, Canon CRW, Fuji RAF, Nikon NEF and Olympus ORF raw files. Not only for RAW files, SharpRaw can process JPG, TIFF and BMP files for levels, color correction and distortion correction. SharpRaw outputs corrected images as JPG, TIFF, BMP or PhotoShop (48bit) PSD files.

RAW PhotoDesk

Perhaps you need to rotate, crop and save your JPEG`s without any loss of quality or work with images in their RAW format. RAW PhotoDesk for Windows allows you to view, edit and convert both raw and other file formats from many different digital cameras. In addition to common image formats such as JPEG, TIFF and PSD, RAW PhotoDesk can read, display and convert Nikon NEF, Canon CRW and CR2, Sigma (Foveon) X3F, and other raw formats.

Other Tools

AnyFound

AnyFound is a Free Photo Recovery Software Tool that can be used to Recover lost Photos, Pictures and Images that may have been accidentally deleted or even intentionally deleted. AnyFound Photo Recovery can not only be used to recover lost images, pictures and photos from Hard Disks, it will also recover deleted items from removable media such as a USB device or MicroSD card.

CrashPlan

Free Photo Recovery Software - Don't Lose Your Photos. CrashPlan Online Backup. Easy. Secure. Free.

 
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