Photo Editing Freeware

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  1. Luke_Y

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    I would like to put a basic photo editing app on my wife's notebook. I have Photoshop on the desktop but thats a bit much for her.

    Just looking for easy to use basics. Crop,Resize,RedEye tool, maybe a brightness/contrast or balance adjustment or "Quick Fix". Ease of use would the priority here. Also I don't need it to have any organising features.

    Didn't really want to spend $ on something that will rarely, possibly never get used. I was hoping there might be a decent basic freeware app out there. I have an old copy of MS Picture It and an old PhotoDeluxe but they are both like 5-6 years old.

    I was thinking that even new freeware might be better than that old stuff. I was also worried that if I update her notebook to XP those old programs wouldn't work.
     
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    Did you do a search before asking? This one comes up quite a bit.

    However, my suggestion is IrfanView.

    -Christian
     
  3. SethH

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    If you have Office XP there is an optional feature on there called MS Photo Editor. It does not install by default, but it's on there. It's not great, but it works and it's free if you already have Office.
     
  4. Luke_Y

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    I had heard of IrfanView but always thought it was more of a viewer like windows fax/photo viewer. I'll take a look at it.

    Seth, still on office 2k.

    Any other ideas?
     
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    PhotoEditer has been in every version of Office since 97.

    But it doesn't include red eye removal. I think you'll need to move up to something like The Gimp to do that kind of work.
     
  7. Luke_Y

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    HMM.. I think the gimp would overwhelm her judging by this Screenshot

    What do you think of an older version (5-6 years) of MS Picture It, will it run on XP if I upgrade her notebook? Is an editor that old any good? I remember it being simple.
     
  8. SethH

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    Here's an idea that's not free, but not too expensive. I bought Adobe PhotoShop Album for my girlfriend. She had similar needs and it fits the bill perfectly. I've heard good things about PhotoShop Elements also, although I think Album may be better for beginners. She really loves it, it's simple, and it wasn't too expensive at all (check on Ebay for it also).
     
  9. Rob Gillespie

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    Paint Shop Pro has a terrific red-eye removal tool. PSP is on version 8 now but you'd probably get a retail copy of v.7 on eBay for a good price. I sold mine a few weeks ago for £25.
     
  10. Alex Spindler

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    Sounds like Shutterfly Express is what you're after. Haven't used it, but it looks right on your target with minor adjustments, crops and resizes, and red eye removal. As with most free editing software, it has built in ways to order prints, but as a basic editor, it should be simple button level modifications.

    Give it a whirl.
     

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