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04/22/2009 01:20:11 PM · #1
I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread listing many of the free image editing programs available. I plan on watching this thread so I can easily find it again whenever someone is in need of an image editing or processing app. Please help make this list better by adding any others you know of that I overlooked. I know there are plenty out there. Most of these are Windows apps, but some also have Mac versions.

Photo Editors:

GIMP The GNU Image Manipulation Program (Mac version require the X11 framework to be installed)

Seashore Macintosh only. Based on GIMP, but runs natively under OSX.




RAW converters:

RAW Therapee


Rawshooter essentials (Note: This company has been bought by Adobe and its technology is being integrated into Lightroom. Updated freeware versions are unlikely.)


Photomatix Basic (Note: this is a limited featured freeware version that only has the tone compressor option. The pay product has more fucntionality, but the freeware is perfectly usable. I frequently use it to get wider dynamic range from a single RAW file. Of course, it can merge multiple exposures.) Update 11-09: This freebie appears to no longer be offered.

Luminance HDR Formerly QTPFSGUI


SmartCurve Curves plug in, useful with PhotoShop Elements which does not have curves built in.

Photo-Plugins A collection of image adjustment plug-ins. My favorite is the b/w conversion tool, which has far more functionality than PaintShop Pro's channel mixer.

Mehdi Plugins A collection of image adjustment and special effects plug ins.


Calibrize Help you to adjust your monitor more accurately than just eyeballing it. Not as good as having a hardware calibrator, but the price is right.

Free field guides from Photoanswers.uk Not software, but I felt this was worth including here. A nice set PDF manuals covering important aspects of camera skills.

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04/22/2009 01:25:19 PM · #2
Nice list! :-) Thanks.
04/22/2009 03:02:33 PM · #3
digikam - photo library manager & editor (latest version is KDE4, therefore also available in Windows)
Rawstudio - RAW converter (linux only)
hugin - panorama creator
GREYCstoration - Noise reduction, standalone (hard to use) and GIMP plugin (easier)
04/22/2009 03:05:25 PM · #4

I was really impressed by this free website: Sumopaint
04/22/2009 04:11:40 PM · #5
RegiStax -- image enhancement/noise reduction specialized for astrophotography

Autostitch -- panorama creation software (check out the example on their home page!)
04/23/2009 11:04:29 AM · #6
Microsoft Pro Photo Tools Geotagging tools, edit metadata, simple RAW viewing/conversion
04/23/2009 11:27:28 AM · #7
Thanks for the info! :-)
04/24/2009 08:33:51 PM · #8
PSD plugin for Paint.net that allows it to open Photoshop .PSD files.
04/25/2009 11:42:24 AM · #9
This one is all online, but it's pretty cool!
05/03/2009 05:35:11 PM · #10
Exif date changer modifies the date and time attributes of the EXIF data in your digital photos. I'd avoid using this one on challenge entries. I would expect it to leave some mention behind that it has handled the image.
05/03/2009 06:55:07 PM · #11
Here are a few for Mac:



Gimp Portable



RAW Photo Processor



PhotoDrop Widget

PhotoDrop (app)




Cocoa Slide Show






05/03/2009 07:58:54 PM · #12
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Autostitch -- panorama creation software (check out the example on their home page!)

Yea... it looks like total crap...
05/03/2009 08:03:55 PM · #13
Photo Friday monitor calibration chart
05/03/2009 10:53:07 PM · #14
Very cool, thanks for posting the links everybody!
05/03/2009 11:18:12 PM · #15
Do not forget this one : Fastone photo editor and raw converter
05/13/2009 04:01:13 PM · #16
Photoshop speed up Reduces up the startup time of Photoshop by allowing you to selectively enable or disable plugins and other components. (Note: scroll to bottom of the list to find it)
05/13/2009 06:37:55 PM · #17
Originally posted by Hepci:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Autostitch -- panorama creation software (check out the example on their home page!)

Yea... it looks like total crap...

Just tried it and works great.
05/13/2009 06:52:18 PM · #18
Originally posted by Simms:

Originally posted by Hepci:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Autostitch -- panorama creation software (check out the example on their home page!)

Yea... it looks like total crap...

Just tried it and works great.

I used autostitch for this image. I havent spent enough time with it to figure out how to get the best high res settings, but I was very pleased with its results.
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05/26/2009 08:26:18 PM · #19
Virtual Photographer & Virtual Studio Plugin and stand alone application for applying artistic effects to images.
05/29/2009 01:10:50 PM · #20
Lightbox Basic image correction and creative adjustments.
05/29/2009 04:04:00 PM · #21
PhotoTools 2 Lite Plugin with 14 effects.
06/01/2009 12:02:56 PM · #22
Artweaver Painting/drawing application
Pixia Bitmap image editor from Japan
06/01/2009 12:05:57 PM · #23
Comparison of raster graphics editors on Wikipedia. A large chart that compares features and supported platforms of commercial, freeware and Open-source image editors.
06/01/2009 12:28:03 PM · #24
More printing than editing ---

Rasterbator - "The Rasterbator creates huge, rasterized images from any picture. Upload an image, print the resulting multi-page pdf file and assemble the pages into extremely cool looking poster up to 20 meters in size."

Both online and download versions available.

This is uber-cool software when you want to print really really r e a l l y big.
06/01/2009 02:49:57 PM · #25
Great thread. Deserving of a stickie.
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