Free Graphics Editors
This is an online suite of image editing tools with over 600 editing effects. No need to downpload any software – all the editing is done online
As well as the advanced online editor there is also an ‘express’ app for android devices. This editor is well worth a try with enough features to rival the expensive photoshop software.Supported formats include JPEG, GIF, PSD, PNG and BMP, but no TIFF.
The main website has a blog with some useful tips on useing the software.
I have secured an excellent set of training videos showing how to use this software to create headers and banners for your websites.
If you are new to using graphics programs then Paint.Net is a great place to start. While lacking some of the more advanced features other programs offer, Paint.Net has an easy to use interface and supports layers. Sorry Mac users,his is a Windows only software!
Gimp is an open source raster (bitmap) editor alternative to Photoshop.Gimp has an active community of users and it is frequently updated making it a very good tool for image editing. Like most programs with many functions and features there is a steep learning curve to getting the most out of Gimp but there are many tutorials and aids available on the web.The one thing that Gimp won’t do is run Photoshop action scripts.
Online user manual – http://docs.gimp.org
Inkscape is an open source vector editing software alternative to Illustrator and Corel Draw.
While it is a powerful software it does not quite manage all the features of Illustrator but you can’t argue with the price (free) .
When I first tested this I was very disappointed with it but there have been improvements with recent updates and I am sure it will continue to evolve.
The prime advantage of Inkscape is it’s ability to edit vector images.
You will find many useful tips in their tutorials section http://inkscapetutorials.wordpress.com
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