XnRetro

XnRetro

Our Rating 7 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7/8

 

XnRetro allows you to create stunning images with vintage or instant effect on your Desktop.

  • 20 color effects
  • 15 light effects such as bokeh,leak
  • 28 frame borders
  • Adjustement like contrast, gamma, saturation, …
  • Vignetting Noise
  • Save or share the result

The real-time preview makes it easy to tweak the default settings for each effect by changing color balance, exposure, contrast and other details. You can also tune the opacity for light and vignetting layers to achieve stronger or more subtle retro effects.In addition to the 20 retro styles, XnRetro includes 15 light overlays and 30 simulated frame styles, all of them can be combined to create custom results.

XnRetro is available for Windows and OS X and I’ve taken a look at the Windows version. Frequently in the past, software used to look a bit clunky and dated on Windows, compared to when running on Apple computers, but thankfully that is changing more and more and so XnRetro provides quite a clean and friendly user interface.

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Fotor

Fotor

Our Rating 10 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7/8

 

Fotor is an easy to use photo enhancement software that offers 13 different one-click adjustments that have been configured for specific photo capture conditions like “Portrait”, “Backlit”, “Flash”, “Cloudy”, “Food”, “Landscape”, and others.

Most photos aren’t taken in a controlled environment and sometimes there isn’t time to adjust the settings on your camera when conditions change. “Scenes” offers 13 different 1-tap-enhance options that have been configured for specific photo capture conditions. The Photo Text feature allows you to use various fonts to type personalized messages on your photos. Our flexible settings allow you to type in bold or italic, use various colors, rotate text and change the opacity or size of your words. Fotor online photo editor includes six easily search-able categories of amazing photo effects. With over 56 filters, you can give your photos that unique feel that makes them stand out from the crowd.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography takes three photos with different exposures and combines them into a single image to bring out the best light and tone in each part of the photo. Fotor.com is the first photo editor offering HDR features online so you can capture highlights, shadows and striking details without the need to download software. Fotor’s online HDR contains revolutionary HDR technologies including Local Tone Balancing, Photo Alignment and Ghost Reduction that dramatically increase the accuracy and quality of photos.

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Adobe Photoshop CS2

Adobe Photoshop CS2

Our Rating 9 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7

 

This is an old version of Photoshop from 2005 which is now offered for free*. Although it does not offer the latest and greatest features, CS2 is perfectly suitable for professional image editing and includes all the features that made Photoshop the industry standard. Despite its longevity, CS2 is certainly not bad, and in my opinion, this is a very smart move from Adobe. Omitting those who’ll grab their software from unfair mediums, quite a few would-be Photoshop users will have settled for cheaper or free alternatives, notably the GIMP, but by giving everybody a taste of Photoshop through CS2, I wouldn’t be surprised if some users bit the bullet and ended up paying for a newer version.

Presumably, this means it’ll always be free, and while CS2 is missing quite a few features compared with the latest release, it’s certainly a nice late Christmas / New Years’ present for those who love nothing more than sitting at a computer and slipping into creative mode. Hopefully, this sets a precedent, meaning CS3 will soon become free as Adobe weighs up the costs of keeping activation servers running in relation to how many people would legitimately buy a decade-old software.

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Photoscape

photoscape

Our Rating 10 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7

 

Photoscape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. The screen capture function of PhotoScape allows you to take a digital picture of your computer screen. Depending on what function you use, you can capture all or part of your screen and alter the image by using the Edit tool in PhotoScape. The RAW converter function of PhotoScape allows you to process a RAW photo (.CR2, .CRW, .NEF, .NRW are the most common format of these) taken by a DSLR camera into a JPG file. The rename function of PhotoScape allows you to edit the filename of your images individually or as a batch. The Color Picker function of PhotoScape allows you to duplicate the exact color properties from anything on-screen. The splitter function of PhotoScape allows you to divide a photo into multiple images.

Features:

  • Viewer: View photos in your folder, create a slideshow
  • Editor: resizing, brightness and color adjustment, white balance, backlight correction, frames, balloons, mosaic mode, adding text, drawing pictures, cropping, filters, red eye removal, blooming
  • Batch editor: Batch edit multiple photos
  • Page: Merge multiple photos on the page frame to create one final photo
  • Combine: Attach multiple photos vertically or horizontally to create one final photo
  • Animated GIF: Use multiple photos to create a final animated photo
  • Print: Print portrait shots, carte de visites(CDV), passport photos
  • Splitter: Slice a photo into several pieces
  • Screen Capture: Capture your screenshot and save it
  • Color Picker: Zoom in on images, search and pick a color
  • Rename: Change photo file names in batch mode
  • Raw Converter: Convert RAW to JPG
  • Paper Print: Print lined, graph, music and calendar paper
  • Face Search: Find similar faces on the Internet

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Easy Image Modifier

Easy Image Modifier

Our Rating 8 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7

 

Do you want to resize, pad, rotate, flip, change format, add watermark texts, sort or rename your images without having to use complicated editing programs? This handy tool is exactly what you need because it’s absolutely straightforward, runs with no need for installation and even most advanced operations are set up with just a few mouse-clicks. It allows you to modify batches of images quickly to be send via email, posted on the Internet or just for archiving purposes.

Easy Image Modifier offers many interesting features: You can change the dimension of your images (fixed value for width and height or by percent), flip or rotate them, rename the file, add a watermark text and also choose to convert the file format. Even advanced options such as the removal of personal identifiable meta information, filtering after certain conditions, disproportional resizing, customizable image quality, sorting and much more are comfortably set up. The new image and processing preview serves as an intuitive aid.

Features:

  • Batch modify images with just a few mouse-clicks
  • Simple interface with intuitive image and processing preview
  • Resize, realign, change format, set watermark, rename etc.
  • Advanced options: Sort, resize unproportionally, remove meta information, filter images, change file date, set image quality
  • Multilingual: DE, EN, ES, ET, FA, FR, IT, PT, RU, SV, TR, ZH
  • Portable: Just one executable, no need for installation

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Quick Media Converter

Quick Media Converter

Our Rating 9+ /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7

 

Introducing Quick Media Converter version supporting many more formats , new design new possibilities such as Youtube Video Converter ability as well as Daily Motion AVC video conversion and also Support of QCELP (USA)audio codec as well as KDDI Codec ( Japan) TS HD from Satellite receivers such as Dreambox and much much more such as an integrated video audio player.

Quick Media Converter is a free universal Video and Audio Youtube converter with many  more different possibilities, designed to be as simple  to use as it may get, Quick Media Converter supports a myriad of formats and codecs. Easy mode formats, now include direct access to expert mode and prefilling of the fields to put you on track according to your specific needs.. Qmc supports QCELP and KDDI codecs. Our Qmc Youtube Converter supports also the latest video conversion in FLV AVC HD video and audio codecsas a breeze (converter to and from youtube). As per its design Quick Media Converter stands out as one of the best free Youtube Converters around. Quick Media converter not only allows you to convert clips you downloaded from Youtube but also allows you to easily prepare and upload to Youtube ,according to their standards, your HD (High Definition videos) .

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Pixia

pixia

Our Rating 8 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7

 

The original Japanese Edition of Pixia was created and developed by the author, Isao Maruoka, but has also been aggressively raised by its fans, which makes this software to be quite unique and different from other tools.  Isao recently added a brother software, Phierha, to seek more advanced functions and UI, while he wants to keep Pixia the same for the users who are so used to its UI.

Pixia is the English version of a popular Japanese painting and retouching software for full color graphics. It supports mask, layer and many other editing functions. You can use your own customized brush tips and even use an image file as a brush tip to create unique effects. Its user-friendly interface is suitable for beginners as well as experts. Pixia supports the most common editing techniques and presents a user friendly interface.

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GIMP

GIMP

Our Rating 9 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7

GIMP is a versatile graphics manipulation package. Numerous digital photo imperfections can be easily compensated for using GIMP. Fix perspective distortion caused by lens tilt simply choosing the corrective mode in the transform tools. Eliminate lens’ barrel distortion and vignetting with a powerful filter but a simple interface. GIMP is ideal for advanced photo retouching techniques.

Get rid of unneeded details using the clone tool, or touch up minor details easily with the new healing tool. With the perspective clone tool, it’s not difficult to clone objects with perspective in mind just as easily as with the orthogonal clone. GIMP includes a very unique support for various input devices out of the box. Pressure and tilt sensitive tablets, but also a wide range of USB or MIDI controllers. You can bind often-used actions to device events such as rotating a USB wheel or moving a MIDI controller’s slider. Change the size, angle or opacity of a brush while you paint, bind your favorite scripts to buttons. Speed up your workflow!

The file format support ranges from the common likes of JPEG (JFIF), GIF, PNG, TIFF to special use formats such as the multi-resolution and multi-color-depth Windows icon files. The architecture allows to extend GIMP’s format capabilities with a plug-in. You can find some rare format support in the GIMP plugin registry. Thanks to the transparent virtual file system, it is possible to load and save files to from remote locations using protocols such as FTP, HTTP or even SMB (MS Windows shares) and SFTP/SSH. To save disk space, any format can be saved with an archive extension such as ZIP, GZ or BZ2 and GIMP will transparently compress the file without you needing to do any extra steps.

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FotoMix

fotomix

Our Rating /10
License Freeware
Windows 32/64-bit XP/Vista/7

 

FotoMix is an intuitive photo-editing tool that allows users to create dual-layer images, making it possible to add, remove, and combine elements. Although it doesn’t begin to compare to full-featured software like Photoshop, it’s not a bad choice for non-professional users who need something that’s quick and easy to use.

The program’s interface is quite simple, with the five-step photo-editing process arranged with buttons across the top. Users simply select a background image, select a foreground image, do the necessary editing on each, tweak the settings on the final composition, and save the result. We, for example, inserted a giant eggplant into the water in front of a small fishing village. We can’t say that it looked particularly realistic, but we can say that it is within the capabilities of FotoMix to combine elements from different images in a realistic way. We very rarely do any photo editing, but we found just about all of the program’s features to be intuitive, and the built-in Help file is well-written and thorough. We think that FotoMix is a great choice for users who don’t have much photo-editing experience but need a basic way to combine elements from different images or just perform basic edits and improvements on a single image; if nothing else, it’s an easy way to crop, rotate, and add text to images.

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FotoMorph

photomorf

Rating /10
License Freeware
Windows XP/Vista/7

 

FotoMorph offers an easy step-by-step process to create professional image morphing animations. All you have to do is load the two images that you want to morph (head shots), align them, set reference points and then export the animation to Flash (SWF), AVI, GIF or image sequence. You can optionally add a background mask and image frame, set custom animation delay times and also insert a text overlay. Tutorials and examples are provide on the website.There is a later version available from the author’s site, however it comes bundled with a 3rd party toolbar installation not accepted by us.

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