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Blythe On A Budget: Editing your photos, for free!

Written on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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The ever so popular photo editing online program Picnik (which you’ve probably heard of through Flickr) is closing as of April 19, 2012. For a lot of people, this means a sudden loss in a photo editing program. Not everyone can afford Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, so I’ve come up with a list of a few free photo editing programs that you may want to consider as an alternative to Picnik after it goes away for good. I’ve also listed a few pros and cons to each option to hopefully help you consider which program you’d like to try.

GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Program)

Pros:

  • Comparable to Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems
  • Great for both light and more advanced photo manipulation work

Cons:

  • Contains a lot more features than most people would need (can be overwhelming)

Paint.NET

Pros:

  • Comparable with Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and GIMP
  • Super small file size for the program (fast loading)

Cons:

  • Compatible with Windows only, not Mac operating systems
  • Contains a lot more features than most people would need (can be overwhelming)

Picasa (Google)

Pros:

  • Picasa can be used to edit and upload images onto the web
  • Linked to Picasa albums (via your Google account), Google+
  • Contains most regularly used features for light manipulation

Cons:

  • Newest version available is for Windows only, no Linux or Mac

PhotoScape

Pros:

  • Has a lot of familiar features from Picnik (eg. frames, speech bubbles) that are easy to add
  • Batch editing

Cons:

  • Compatible with Windows only

 

2 Responses to “Blythe On A Budget: Editing your photos, for free!”

  1. Meg says:

    And don’t forget Irfanview, which is a nice free basic editor.

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