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good free photo editing software for Windows 8.1

Discussion in 'Underwater Photography' started by heehee62, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. heehee62

    heehee62 Nassau Grouper

    Any suggestions for a good, easy to learn, free photo editing software for a windows 8.1 core i5 HD4000 4 GB ram ultrabook?

    I'd prefer free cause I'm not sure I won't end up being too lazy to edit though I REALLY want to. Of course, I have to be able to fix white balance easily with it.

  2. TN-Steve

    TN-Steve Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Clarksville, TN, USA
    If you are looking for easy to use, with lots of nice effects, simple learning curve, but still very useful for probably 90% of the people out there, I recommend Picassa (a google product). Has Geotagging, facial recognition (tagging) and file management stuff.

    If you want a "Photoshop" type product with layers, blending, lots of advanced capabilities, I recommend "Gimp". It's got a much more advanced learning curve, but I've found that much of what I can do in Photoshop I can also do in Gimp, and a lot of the video tutorials for Photoshop can be applied to Gimp with almost no effort.

    Hope this helps,

  3. heehee62

    heehee62 Nassau Grouper

    Thanks a lot Steve. I think I'll give Gimp a try. As long as there's video tutorials that can apply, I think I'll be ok.
  4. Wetsuit Pirates

    Wetsuit Pirates Angel Fish

    +1 for Gimp. We do a lot of image editing in our business and Gimp is definitely the best free alternative to Photoshop.

    here are some video tutorials that cover much of what you need to know (not affiliated with them but we found them useful at one point):
    Top 10 Beginner Video Tutorials To Learn GIMP Fast
  5. Vivid-Pix Rick

    Vivid-Pix Rick Dive Equipment Manufacturer

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Hi heehee62, While not free ($49.99), our Vivid-Pix Picture-Fix software is extremely easy to use vs. the alternatives - does a very good job on underwater pics (designed specifically for underwater), and, should work on your ultrabook. We offer a Free Trial on our site... I think you'll like it! www.vivid-pix.com Enjoy Reliving Your Dive!

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