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    Options for free photo editing software

    Currently installed Paint.net, but have found that the clone tool is clunky and problematic.

    I was trying to clone part of a plain wall to cover the window frame showing at the edge of the image. My thoughts were along the lines of outline an area to clone then apply the clone to the next highlighted area (could be a larger or smaller area).

    What suggestions can Loungers make for an easy to use, free photo editor?

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    Paul,

    Just how much editing do you want to do?
    Programs like Google Picasa will let you do minor editing.
    If you're serious you can use GIMP but there is a learning curve!
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    It depends on the type of editiing you want to perform.

    Check out Irfanview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Paul,

    Just how much editing do you want to do?
    Programs like Google Picasa will let you do minor editing.
    If you're serious you can use GIMP but there is a learning curve!
    THank you - mainly cut, remove colour cast, make background uniform where needed, plus the usual red eye and colout touch ups.
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    Thanks Joe, I will do research on Irfanview, at this stage mainly cut, crop, remove colour cast, make background uniform where required, red eye and colout touch ups to remove blemishes Cheers
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    Windows Live Photo Gallery as well, does a decent job for most of the simple editing you describe.
    GIMP would be a fare more advanced free option, but there is a somewhat steap learning curve involved.

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    Didn't your camera or printer come with photo editing software? (Even if you no longer have the disk that came with the camera or printer, you can probably download the software from the vendor's web site.) I used to use those tools to edit my photos, until I got Photoshop Elements. If you plan on editing a lot of photos, I really suggest that you plunk down the $$ for Photoshop Elements. I have never regretted it. Also, you don't have to climb on board the upgrade treadmill - I usually wait for 3 or 4 new releases before upgrading (I'm still using Photoshop Elements 5 on my laptop, and my wife uses version 2 on her desktop - I am skipping the current version and might skip the next).

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    Hi pccoyle!

    It may also be worth your while to take a look at FastStone Image Viewer to see if it will meet your needs. It's a free app with some decent editing tools from a well-respected company. I use this as my default image viewer.

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