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Photo Editing Software

Discussion in 'Off Topic Chit Chat' started by Dave Jay, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. Dave Jay

    Dave Jay Well-Known Member

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    I'm currently looking for free photo editors to download, not online editors. Does anyone have any recommendations? I don't need all the bells and whistles, on my pc I use Microsoft Office Photo Editor, but I don't have Office on my netbook so I'm looking for something similar. All I need to do is crop, adjust contrast and brightness. I like that the office editor allows you to adjust separate tone ranges individually. I downloaded Paint.Net but I'm not entirely happy with the tone adjustment.
    Any recommendations?

    I should mention that I'm using Windows 7.
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    Since you use MS Office and like that have you tried Apache OpenOffice? It is very similiar to MS office but it is free and fully compatible with MS Office.
    https://www.openoffice.org/
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    Dave Jay Well-Known Member

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    That sounds good to me, I really just like to crop, then adjust contrast and tone to compensate for the flash, I don't play with anything else, I use paint if I want to add lettering like "signing" my pictures.
    I'll look into that now, thanks.
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    I tried Apache Office, and it does do a lot, but I wasn't quite happy with the photo editing, not that it was bad. I had tried Paint.Net , and I downloaded IrfanView but still wasn't happy. I plan to download GIMP because that seems highly recommended, but tonight I was fiddling around offline and I realised that the windows live photo viewer can edit pics, I had only downloaded windows live because movie maker didn't come installed on the computer, I hadn't even looked at the rest of the programs. It is the closest to the editing I was looking for so far! A bit of a Duh moment! I'll still check out others but this is usable, I can go through a whole folder editing or deleting pics one by one without having to open and close individual pictures. rubiseta1.JPG rubiseta2.JPG Not too bad, and these pictures weren't perfect focus, I only got two quick pics and she hid. Usually I would take multiple pictures with different focus points in each one, delete the obvious failures and crop and edit what's left comparing and deleting as I go until only the very best are left, it's a lot of sorting but worth it I think, I often get them printed out 8"x8" and the cream of the crop look professional imo.
    I should point out that the tarantula is Phlogius rubiseta as it was when unpacked, it's much more plump now.
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    I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for, but I use Irfanview. It works well for what I use it for.
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    I have downloaded Irfanview, I really haven't given it a long enough trial to be honest.
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member

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    Try GIMP.

    It's open source and just as good as anything from Adobe. It runs on PCs, not sure about Android or mobile apps.

    If you use Linux, it's probably already built in and also runs on Mac as well.
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    Dave Jay Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I keep hearing good things about gimp, I think I'll give it a shot, thanks .

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