High End Photo Editing for Free


High End Photo Editing for Free

By Richard Hay for Windows Observer

We recently asked our TechTalk contributors to recommend a favorite FREE application or tool that they currently use. This post is Richard Hay’s response to our request.
–PC Pitstop.

As for freeware – one I use almost daily to edit and create graphics for the site and other uses is Paint.net – http://www.getpaint.net/

The capabilities it has easily compare to what you would typically see in high end photo editing software.

Here is the “About” description from the website:

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.
It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool. It has been compared to other digital photo editing software packages such as Adobe® Photoshop®, Corel® Paint Shop Pro®, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP.

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9 thoughts on “High End Photo Editing for Free

  1. I no longer trust PC Pitstop as one of their recommended downloads (GETPAINT.NET) loaded
    (5) unwanted programs onto my computer without my permission:
    Arcade Parlor
    Browser Safeguard
    CWA Reminder by we-care.com
    Savings bull filter
    Yahoo toolbar
    Moreover it changed my home page, again without my permission.
    I am contemplating blocking any further emails from PC Pitstop.

    • @William Hutson:

      see response below from our contributor at Windows Observer:

      I think you may be clicking on the ads that say download – yes misleading and unfortunate but it is what it is.

      The link I use is in the upper right corner of the page and then I use the mirror to download it. Those pages also have the Download ads on them so just be aware.

      If you use the mirror download link you should get a good copy.

      Sorry about the hassle – I just love the software – not the delivery method.

  2. I think you may be clicking on the ads that say download – yes misleading and unfortunate but it is what it is.

    The link I use is in the upper right corner of the page and then I use the mirror to download it. Those pages also have the Download ads on them so just be aware.

    If you use the mirror download link you should get a good copy.

    Sorry about the hassle – I just love the software – not the delivery method.

  3. I had to go to CNET's website to get a copy that didn't require a Zip downloader. The Zip downloader is clearly a malware package because you can't make selections to keep it from installing Yahoo toolbar and changing your homepage.

  4. My Verizon Security software says this file is DANGEROUS and should NOT be downloaded.

    When U click on the link in your writeup it gives U a ZIP file download no matter what you try. Puting the URL in IE gets to the real download and three tries gave me the security wrning.

    Really sounds like a good program/deal,,,,,BUUTT.

    Is this a way of getting Email IDs, or is it REALLY a lagit program. Since it came from a Pitstop writer I have ASSUMED that it IS lagit.

    Bill

  5. when I clicked on the link to download the beta version Comodo identified it as containing Win32.InstallQ.B which it reports as malware. When I let the program update from release version to the beta version without downloading the zip file I do not get an error.

  6. Sir, could you please elaborate for us? Very curious as to what you observed.
    This sounds like v. useful sfw, but malware is an instant deal-killer–unless a good malware-killer can defeat the "bug."
    Thanks!!

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