Five FREE Image Editing Software for Windows
The best things in life don't necessarily need to be expensive. In this article, GADG compiled five free graphic editing software you could make use of.
If you are in a tight budget, then perhaps you don’t want to miss out these five free photo editing programs for Windows. Though limited in some features, these software lets you perform basic photo enhancement tasks to create high-quality graphics that are similar to those paid ones.
The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free graphic editing program developed by two students way back in 1996. It features a toolbox, which can be customized in whatever way you like; You can change the colors, widget spacings and icon sizes. The GIMP also has a good fullscreen mode, allowing you to not only preview your works but also edit photos while using a large portion of your screen. The software supports common file formats, such as, JPEG (JFIF), GIF, PNG, and TIFF.
Its latest version, the GIMP 2.0, sports a revamped user interface and more image editing tools.
Google SketchUp is a tool designed for architects, engineers, and designers who are fond of making 3D models. Users can create 3D graphics either from scratch or by using an existing file. By SketchUp’s modeling tools, you can develop your simple ideas into artsy 3Ds.
SketchUp as well comes with the LayOut — a 2D documentation and presentation tool created for professionals. With it, editors can combine 3D models with texts and 2D graphics in order to make more informed project details.
Paint.net is an on-going project at Washington State University, which lets editors create stunning images through its basic editing tools. As of now, the support for multiple layers is in the works, allowing you to experience a professional software in a very costs-cutting price. Paint.net as well features the special effects API that allows graphic artists to create their own special effects.
What’s more interesting in Paint.net is that it uses a tabbed document interface, making the navigation fast and simple. Its interface was also revamped for Aero Glass so it could be fitted to editors who are using Windows 7 or Vista.
This free software lets users view, edit, and convert image or audio files in no time. IrfanView has been known for its small size, surprising speed, ease of use, ability to support different file formats, and capacity for providing painting and image editing tools. The software is only free for non-commercial users.
IrfanView was the first Windows graphic viewer that supports multiple GIF, ICO, and TIF file formats.
Like the Adobe Photoshop, this free image editor sports a great interface and a huge array of features. Its user-friendly tools allow users to edit high-quality images, polish digital photos, produce outstanding web graphics, and draw artworks easily. This award-winning application can be downloaded for free, while its commercial Pro version can be bought for $30.