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Free Photo Editors

  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
    DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago

    What are your recommendations?

    I've looked at Picasa, PicMonkey, and can't find the other one folks mention, "piknik" or something like that--maybe I have the spelling wrong?  (I'm a good speller, and not good with sussing out "alternate" spellings...LOL)

    What I want to be able to do is make collages--which function seems beyond my brainpower with Photoshop.

    1. Glimmer Twin Fan profile image96
      Glimmer Twin Fanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I use Fotor and I like it, only wish it had more fonts to choose from.  I have a Mac, not sure if that makes a difference or not.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
        DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Ah, thanks Glimmer Twin Fan--I'm on a PC....and I don't know enough about it to know which work on which platforms, either....wink

      2. luvtoowrite profile image56
        luvtoowriteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I have a Mac also... I have been using Pixtr. I wonder if Fotor is any better?

        1. Glimmer Twin Fan profile image96
          Glimmer Twin Fanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I've never heard of Pixtr, but will take a look.  I like Fotor (probably because I know how to use it) but it definitely has it's limitations.  I would love more fonts and a few other options that it cannot do.

          I wonder if Gimp that has been mentioned here works on Macs?

          I'm not tech savvy and once I get used to something and know how to do it I don't like to change, but I really would love more options.

          Good question with lots of helpful answers.

          1. Lifeinthelou profile image60
            Lifeinthelouposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            I just canceled my subscription with adobe photoshop. I hated the Creative Cloud software. I thought it was a great deal until I couldn't open PS CC. It was a real disappointment. I'm going to try Foto, but am thinking about buying FX Photo Pro. Had you any experience with FX. I'm using Pixtr because you don't have to download the program to use it and it's user friendly.

            1. Marisa Wright profile image94
              Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              How sophisticated do you need to get?    I find Paint.NET does everything I need, but then I'm not that sophisticated:

              http://www.getpaint.net/

              You do have to download it to your computer but it's not a huge program and personally, that works for me because my connection is slow.  GIMP is another downloadable one. 

              I don't have experience of any of the online options.

          2. Sushma Webber profile image86
            Sushma Webberposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Yes there is GiMP for macs. I have it on my machine.

            1. Glimmer Twin Fan profile image96
              Glimmer Twin Fanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Thanks!

    2. profile image58
      descentiongalposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Try gimp shop. It has about a thousand features but an equal number of great youtube tutorials. I went from 0 knowledge to being able to produce black and white pics with a single object in color. Its a great program.

      1. BigBlue54 profile image61
        BigBlue54posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        That's the one I would recommend as a replacement for Photoshop smile

    3. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I use Paint:

      http://www.getpaint.net/index.html

      It doesn't have all the features of some of the others, but for me the big advantage is that it's a lot easier to understand!

      It's also a program you can download on your own PC, not something you have to use online - and with my slow connection, that's a big plus.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
        DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        paint?  Isn't that pre-installed with  Windows?? I have paint...maybe that's a different one???

        1. Marisa Wright profile image94
          Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Yes, it's a different one.   The one that  comes with Windows isn't even by the same company.   The program is actually called paint.NET but the website is getpaint.net

          1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
            DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            OIC.  Thank you, Marisa!

    4. Twilight Lawns profile image88
      Twilight Lawnsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I need help in the simplest work with photos and script on same, so can give no advice, but would like someone to take me by the hand and teach em.
      Mwah!

    5. Sherry Hewins profile image94
      Sherry Hewinsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Gimp is available for Mac, and for Linux as well. in case anybody needs to know. If you don't like Photoshop you probably won't like Gimp either though, their tools are pretty similar.

    6. Mark Johann profile image71
      Mark Johannposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      For me, Picasa is still the best. But for a better look and have a natural look. PS is always the best, only it is a bit complicated compared to Picasa.

  2. Jayne Lancer profile image90
    Jayne Lancerposted 3 years ago

    I like the online photo editors http://www. sumopaint.com/app/ and http:// pixlr.com/editor/.

  3. Jayne Lancer profile image90
    Jayne Lancerposted 3 years ago

    Is the one you're looking for called 'Picnik'? http://www. ribbet.com/photo-editor-like-picnik

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
      DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Ah, thank you, Jayne!  I'll look those up, as well, and thanks for the "correct" spelling of the "Picknik" utility.  ;-)

      1. Jayne Lancer profile image90
        Jayne Lancerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        The Picnik 'kookiness' feature looks interesting. I wanted to do something like that a while ago, but couldn't figure out how with the editing software I was using.

  4. WriteAngled profile image91
    WriteAngledposted 3 years ago

    Picasa makes collages of various types.
    https://support.google.com/picasa/topic/1689865

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
      DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks WriteAngled and everyone!  Much obliged!

  5. BigBlue54 profile image61
    BigBlue54posted 3 years ago

    Here's the link to GIMP

    http://www.gimp.org/

  6. sehrm profile image87
    sehrmposted 3 years ago

    I use pixlr because it is simple and online (and free, of course)

  7. JessBraz profile image93
    JessBrazposted 3 years ago

    I like to use picmonkey.. Just started using it not too long ago and it's pretty easy to use.. and free... so it gets my vote.

    For making graphics, I've used piktochart.com .. they've got a lot of free options in there. The only thing I don't like, they put a little "created in piktochart" image on the bottom of all your graphics.. You can upgrade to a premium version and your stuff isn't tagged.

  8. LCDWriter profile image94
    LCDWriterposted 3 years ago

    I just wrote a step by step tutorial about how to edit pictures using Paint with illustrated guides if you're interested.  It's on my profile page.  It's fairly easy to learn and usually installed on most PCs so that is a plus.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      That's for the basic Windows-supplied program called Paint.   I find it a bit too restrictive and prefer Paint.NET - which, confusingly, is a totally different program.   It's free to download and not as complicated as Gimp but can still do most things.

      1. LCDWriter profile image94
        LCDWriterposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Isn't that funny that they have the same name!

        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
          DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          yes--you would think there would have been a copyright complaint.....

    2. Twilight Lawns profile image88
      Twilight Lawnsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      LCDwriter, I want to try my hand at 'Paint' so that I can create a cover for my e-book and was excited to read that  you had created a hub on the subject, but I've looked through your list of hubs (Wow!  Very impressive) and can't find it.  Could you give me the name or the link, please?
      Thank you,
      Ian

  9. WryLilt profile image87
    WryLiltposted 3 years ago

    Picmonkey lets you do collages. Instead of opening a file, click on the collage option.

  10. paradigmsearch profile image85
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-swqxJ7kEYgU/UybwHNw8TPI/AAAAAAAAARQ/CeZaxZSVsEg/s1600/transparent.jpg

    Disregard pic. I'm in the midst of an image experiment here. And so far it's not working...

    Edit. And Happy Monday Morning. smile

    Edit2: And here's my photo editor contribution. https://pixlr.com/editor/ Real deal.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
      DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Ah--a lovely photo of an alien"gray" on a gray day.  lol

      1. paradigmsearch profile image85
        paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        big_smile

        Apparently there is not a way to successfully transfer a transparent background image directly from one webpage to another (excluding the actual editing site of course). Oh, well.

        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
          DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I looked at the pixlr link you gave; its icons look nearly identical to photoshop....haven't tried to use it yet, but PS has such a steep learning curve that after a good 8 years using it, I'm still no more than an amateur.

          1. Jayne Lancer profile image90
            Jayne Lancerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            I love Pixlr. You just have to spend time playing with it. You could also try sumopaint.com, which I think is a little easier to use.

  11. lovebuglena profile image92
    lovebuglenaposted 3 years ago

    I haven't done collages so not sure how that's even done in photo editing software but you can try GIMP2. It is free and may allow you to do what you need to do.

  12. sehrm profile image87
    sehrmposted 3 years ago

    For collages, you can easily use any of the free editing software available already mentioned (I am partial to pixlr myself for relatively simple edits) or there is also an pnline adobe application (free) that is ideal for layout assemblage and collage applications (if this still exists...)

 
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