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Old 06-20-2012, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Photo Editing Software

What would be considered a decent, possibly free, photo editing program for someone not considered a power user?

I just want to be able to crop, rotate, etc and maybe some basic enhancements. I can't even rotate pics in Windows Photo editor without losing resolution, so that would be nice all by itself.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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GIMP probably work well for you.

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Gimp is pretty dang good for the price of nothing.

Pixlr.com is also pretty good if you don't want to install anything.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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GIMP is basically a freeware, open sourced version of Photoshop. Think of it as an inch wide and a mile deep--good for working with one image at a time. Also, can be tricky to learn. It also does not link to web-based sharing services, etc.

If you want software to organize and manage, lightly process, and ultimately share images, try Picasa for free from Google. It will handle the operations you mention more simply and easily than GIMP...
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Thanks for the input Dr...

On a side note, does resolution always go down if you rotate a picture from landscape to portrait, or vice versa?
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It shouldn't. The proportions would just change.
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Picassa is a better fit for you than GIMP.

GIMP and Paint .NET will allow you to alter photos better but Picassa is more workflow friendly.
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Thanks for the input Dr...

On a side note, does resolution always go down if you rotate a picture from landscape to portrait, or vice versa?
The issue here is that JPEG is a lossy format. Picasa is designed to protect your original image by tracking your edits and saving them to a new JPEG file instead of modifying the original. Rotating the view does not cause loss of data, but re-saving the image in a new orientation WILL--in any program.

Everytime you save a JPEG, you will progressively lose data. Not a huge issue if you're re-saving once or twice, but if you foresee coming back to the image often and modifying it a lot, you might consider .tif format. Downside there is bigger file size.

FYI, I use Adobe Lightroom 3. It's not free, but I find it absolutely indispensible. And if your camera support RAW shooting, LR has Adobe Camera Raw built in, so you get maximum flexibility with max data. I convert images to .dng (Adobe's "standardized" RAW file format) for longevity.
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I use Gimp at home, but it definitely does not fall under your criteria of simple/user friendly. I agree with Dr Phunky about using Picasa.
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