Software Information

Photo and video-editing software

The following link takes you to an article on free video-editing software:

A Guide To Free Video Editing Software [Feb. 2015] –

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/free-video-editing-software-guide,review-33125.html

Photoshop CS6

The best photo-editing software is Photoshop CS6 (priced at around £670 in May 2012 – the price varies greatly so look for the cheapest vendor), used by professionals and semi-professionals, but it is way too expensive and overkill for most users whose editing needs don’t require a top-end product. Most of the courses in website design and photo-editing use it. Visit adobe.com the latest product information.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 review [24 Apr 2012 – still the current version in May 2014] –

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/software/1291879/adobe-photoshop-cs6

The cloud-based version that is available for a monthly subscription (£8.78 in May 2014) is called Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud). – http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/photoshop.html

However, most people would find that the free photo-editing software Paint.net from getpaint.net is all that they require to edit their photos. It is an excellent piece of free software, which is getting better all the time, so, if you use it be sure to check for updates. It’s website provides a forum on which its members can discuss it.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) from gimp.org can do most of what Adobe’s Photoshop can. The full-CS6 version of Photoshop costs over $600, but being open-source software, GIMP is free. Neither program is easy to master. Indeed, the complexity of Photoshop is such that Adobe created a lite version called Photoshop Elements (dealt with below) that provides basic photo-editing and manipulation tools costing about a tenth of Photoshop C6. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lite version of GIMP. If you want to get to grips with this mammoth program, there is plenty of help, tutorials, add-ons, etc., provided from its website, gimp.org.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) from gimp.org can do most of what Adobe’s Photoshop can. The full-CS6 version of Photoshop costs over $600, but being open-source software, GIMP is free. Neither program is easy to master. Indeed, the complexity of Photoshop is such that Adobe created a lite version called Photoshop Elements that provides basic photo-editing and manipulation tools costing about a tenth of Photoshop C6. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lite version of GIMP. If you want to get to grips with this mammoth program, there is plenty of help, tutorials, add-ons, etc., provided from its website, gimp.org.

Other image viewing and editing software

If you just want to resize image, the free Image Resizer from http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/ is ideal.

IrfanView – free from http://www.irfanview.com/ – is ideal for viewing images, quick crops and high-quality batch resizing of large numbers of images.

The sophisticated capabilities of Windows Live Essentials Photo Gallery can be used for quick color and lighting adjustments and for very easy stitching together of separate images into an almost seamless panorama (many images combined together to create a single large panoramic view).

FotoFlexer from http://fotoflexer.com/ is an online service that doesn’t require installation. It calls itself “The world’s most advanced online image editor.” Reviews say that it is more enjoyable and easier to use than Paint.net.

Adobe Photoshop Elements (cheapest price around £75 but varies greatly from vendor to vendor) is probably the best general-purpose image editor currently available. It doesn’t provide the most features, but it does provide almost everything that most non-professional photographers require and is very much cheaper than Photoshop CS6.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 review – Review Date: 30 Oct 2013 –

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/software/1303000/adobe-photoshop-elements-12

Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate, priced at £73 in December 2013, is another excellent image-editor.

Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate review –

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/software/1303003/corel-paintshop-pro-x6-ultimate

If you are interested in learning how to edit digital photos, the following article is a good place to start.

Photo editing masterclasses –

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/technique/photo_editing

To locate websites that provide other free photo-editing software, enter free photo editing software (as is) as the search query in a search engine.

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