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Image Programs

When installing any of the programs below be careful to look to see what is also going to be installed.  If a custom install is available then use that.  Remember to scan for viruses before installing.


Artweaver Artweaver is a program to simulate natural brush tools. It is therefore suitable to leave your creativity free run. Artweaver functions: realistic imitation of brushes, chalks, and charcoals; detailed adjustment possibilities for altering existing brushes and creating new custom brushes; common image processing tools like gradient, crop, fill, and selection tools; countless file formats like AWD (Artweaver), BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, TGA, TIFF, and PNG; transparency and layers; large number of filters like sharpen, soften, emboss, and mosaic; many effect filters; editable text layers (font, size, color, leading); support for pressure sensitive pen tablets; history function to undo or redo last working steps; support for plug-ins
Easy Character Maker An easy to use program that allows you to create your own characters
FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer " is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF and DNG). "

FotoSketcher

"FotoSketcher is a 100% free program for Windows which converts your digital photos into art automatically and in just a few mouse clicks. Over 20 different styles are available from pencil sketches to watercolor or oil paintings, pen & ink drawings and cartoons.You can also improve your original photos with simple tools (enhance contrast, sharpen, simplify image, increase luminosity, color saturation etc…) and add simple or realistic frames and text.

FotoSketcher is completely free (even for commercial use, if you wish to sell your pictures) and does not contain any adware, spyware or virus. It runs on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and 7 (sorry, no Mac version available)."

Foter "The heart and soul of Fotor is photo editing, and as always, we provide some of the best tools available online. Using Fotor photo editor, you can resize your photos, crop them, adjust the lighting curve, rotate them, adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and sharpness, adjust the tone and colors, or just straighten a crooked shot! But wait! That's just in the basic edits module. You can also add a photo effect, photo frame, clip art, text, or use our unique color splash, mosaic, and tilt shift tools! "

Gimp

A free alternative to Photoshop.

GIMPshop Another free image editing program based on the GIMP with an interface which makes it resemble Photoshop.
Image Comparator "Image Comparator is an easy tool that finds duplicate image files in your system. In order to do that it looks your images pixel by pixel; therefore even if two images have different formats and file sizes(MB/KB) Image Comparator finds them. Supported formats: jpg, bmp, png, gif, tif, ico. Requirements: .NET Framework 4.0. Works only on Windows."
Imageglass
"Another open source basic image viewer, which, while simple, benefits from the speed that comes with being so lightweight, and is a good choice"
Image Inc “Image Inc. 1.2 : The purpose of this utility is to blend existing images in a very fast and easy way, using a layer mask for transparency. The process is simple … load the base picture followed by a top layer image, then add a mask and the program automatically merges everything together. Ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to use a major graphics application for this task. “
Inkscape Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

IrfanView

A great image viewer, which also allows you to do some basic editing.

LightBox Free "Lightbox Free Image Editor is a powerful but simple solution for those that need to optimise their photos with professional results without having to learn or pay for professional programs."
Paint.NET Another great free image editing program " Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools."
 PhotoFilmStrip "PhotoFilmStrip creates movies out of your pictures in just 3 steps. First select your photos, customize the motion path and render the video. There are several output possibilities for VCD, SVCD, DVD up to FULL-HD. Creates animated slideshows. "
SageThumbs "SageThumbs is a powerful shell extension allowing to preview enormous amount of image formats directly in Windows Explorer by using Pierre-e Gougelet's GFL library (XnView's author). "
SmoothDraw "SmoothDraw is an easy natural painting and digital free-hand drawing software that can produce high quality pictures. Support many kinds of brushes (pen, pencil, dry media, airbrush, bristle brush, image hose, etc.), retouch tools, layers, image adjustment, and many effects... Works great with tablets and Tablet P"

Xnview

A great image viewer, which also allows you to do some basic editing.

Xnview Portable "A well-designed image editor can make the difference between quickly editing and sharing your photos, and getting bogged down in hours of tedious corrections. XnView Portable is a surprisingly feature-filled image editor that's made for easy, on-the-go image editing. While it doesn't allow serious retouching work, it's a great choice for basic and intermediate editing tasks.

The program's interface is attractive and intuitive, with sleek graphical buttons and well-organized menus. A browser pane enables you to easily navigate to and view thumbnails of your images. The program's features aren't particularly exciting, but all the basics are included: users can crop, rotate, and resize images, as well as adjust brightness, contrast, gamma, and balance. XnView also has a red-eye correction tool, a slideshow feature, and a format converter that supports batch processing. We especially liked the fact that the program's effects dialog lets you preview effects alongside the original image. Although we are by no means expert at photo editing, we found all of the program's tools to be easy to use, and we think it's simple enough for beginners but offers enough features to satisfy more advanced users. The program's online Help file is well-written and thorough. Overall, there's nothing revolutionary about XnView Portable, but it provides all the major image-editing tools in a package that will fit on your thumbdrive, and it's hard to complain about that."
Zoner Photo Studio

"Free photo and image tools are getting so sophisticated they more than rival expensive premium tools. Case in point is Zoner Photo Studio Free, an up-to-date graphics app that is packed with features. It can sort and manage image libraries; resize, enhance, and correct images; create albums, slideshows, calendars, panoramas, and other displays; and upload your images to popular photo-sharing sites. It incorporates full-featured Browser and Editor functions, but it also works with a wide range of other photo tools.

Zoner Photo Studio offers Standard and Custom Installation options; we chose the standard installation. A First Run Wizard walked us through the steps of setting up Zoner, though the program can also import settings from previous installations, if available. The setup options included file-type associations, destination folders, whether the program should open images in the Browser or Editor views, and whether or not to integrate it with Windows. We could change these and other settings at any time on Zoner's Preferences menu. Zoner's Browser interface sports the dark-gray tones, white font, and tree-view navigator typical of modern graphics apps, but there's also an interesting built-in folder view in the main window. Zoner handles layers, offers autocorrect functions on its Quick Fix menu, and features a palette of tools such as clone stamps, a morphing mesh tool, red-eye correction, and other useful effects. It works much like other graphics and photo editors, too; although it doesn't resemble Photoshop as closely as some of its competition, many of the functions, controls, and options will be familiar to anyone who's spent much time with similar programs. We browsed to and opened an image and quickly applied a variety of tools and effects to it in the Editor, including watermarks, brush strokes, and cropping. Zoner can use EXIF data to sort image collections automatically. One surprising but nifty extra is the ability to assign GPS data to images using Google Earth.:

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