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Published on 13 Jan 2013 | over 5 years ago

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Details of top 5 free photo editor software with features, pros and cons. Software covers in this video are GIMP, Paint.net , Picasa, Inkscape and Photoplus Starter Edition.

Download Links:
GIMP: www.gimp.org/downloads/
Paint.Net : www.getpaint.net/download.html
Picasa: picasa.google.com/
Inkscape: inkscape.org/download/
Photoplus Starter Edition: www.serif.com/free-photo-editing-software/

(1) GIMP

Customizable Interface like professional photo editors
Layers and channels like Adobe Photoshop
Capable of basic and advance photo editing, retouching, image creation and animations
Plugin can be used to extend features
All common image file formats supported

Free Adobe Photoshop alternative
New features are added frequently
GIMPshop is another version for Photoshop users
Runs on Windows, Linux, Mac, Sun OpenSolaris, FreeBSD

Some features has bug (consider it's free!)
A bit complicated for new users
Less learning material

(2) Paint.net

Provides basic image editing features
Provides reasonable range of effects
Automatic update to fixes and new features
Drawing tools available
Layered editing
Support popular file formats

Simple, intuitive, and innovative user interface
Good performance
Unlimited undo redo

No Dodge and Burn tools

(3) Picasa

Organize, search, manipulate and share picture in PC
People recognition technology
Provides most of basic image editing features and lots of effects
Side by side editing

Simple and easy to use interface

Not for complex or professional image editing

(4) Inkscape

Free alternative for Adobe Illustrator
Professional quality vector graphics software
Drawing tools, node points, text tool
Image creation with shape tool, 3d boxes, gradients, clones etc
Image manipulation with transformations, path effects, styling, layers, filters etc

Good selection of drawing tools
Runs on Windows, Mac, Linux

A bit complicated for new users

(5) Photoplus Starter Edition

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

User friendly interface

Very few effects are available with the free version

Some other FREE photo editors
Windows Live Photo Gallery

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