GIMP: The Windows version of a popular Linux graphics editor and image manipulation software. It offers a ton of features, including advanced layer support, masks, filters, effects and many other features found in professional graphics programs. Beware however that the interface needs getting used to, it uses multiple component windows, rather than a uniform interface.
Paint.net: Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, or Server 2003. It started development at Washington State University as an undergraduate senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. It is meant to be a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with all Windows operating systems.
PhotoFiltre: PhotoFiltre is a complete image editing and effects package, that will not only amaze you with features but also the fact that it is free (for personal use). PhotoFiltre offers all the standard editing features (selection, clone brush, paint brush etc.) as well as a large selection of image effects, photo masks, image adjustments, thumbnail browser and much more. The program also supports batch processing to apply filters, sizing, adjustments and transformations to a large number of images at once. PhotoFiltre comes with modern, well designed interface and is well suited for everything from simple resizing to advanced photo editing.
These are some very good image manipulation tools here and will be handy in applying those effects to your images and thus save your money on spending on a pro image manipulation tool.
Image Viewers and Managers:
IrfanView: IrfanView, made by Irfan Skiljan, is a fast and simple freeware image viewer, editor and converter that supports all major graphic formats. In addition it features drag and drop support, directory viewing, TWAIN (Technology Without An Interesting Name) scan support, slide shows, batch conversion, multi language support, thumbnail option, preview option, print option, IPTC edit, capturing, extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs, lossless JPG (Joint Photographic Expert Group) rotation, EXE/SCR creating, many hotkeys, many command line options and modifications such as changing color depth, crop, blur and sharpen.
Picassa: Picasa is a powerful, yet easy to use and attractive tools suite to manage and organize your digital images and photos. It offers one simple place to organize, enjoy, and share your pictures. After installing, the software can automatically scan your drive(s) for images and intelligently sort them into photo albums, ready for you to customize and organize. It offers different interface layouts and ways to view your pictures, including slideshow and a unique timeline feature. Picasa supports import from twain devices, including digital cameras, photo emailing, printing and much more. A great, all-around imaging tool!
Freshview: Fresh View is an easy-to-use image viewer and media browser that supports many popular image, audio and video formats. You can easily copy or move files, view them as a slideshow (with transition effects), set them as wallpaper or create a HTML image gallery. Additional features include import from scanner or camera and customizable interface layout.
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