Switch from Photoshop to GIMP

Posted on June 28, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on how to switch from Adobe Photoshop to the freeware GIMP.

With the release of version 2.10, GIMP is now a truly viable alternative to Photoshop. So is it the right time to cancel your Adobe subscription and adopt this free open-source image editing package that works on every platform?”

Of course, those of us who are cheapskates (c’est moi!) have been using GIMP for years!

GIMP can’t do everything Photoshop can. The most common deal-breaker is that GIMP does not have native CMYK support, meaning it isn’t suitable for professional print work.

Less important, but still noticeable, is the absence of adjustment layers, making non-destructive editing harder to achieve. And some of Photoshop’s smarter features, like content-aware fill, are also missing. You can get plugins to replace these.

Support for Actions is also limited. It is possible to use them, but you have to code GIMP scripts manually.”

Also check out the MakeUseOf guide to photo-editing with GIMP, and seven GIMP versions of Photoshop techniques.

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Jokosher

Posted on March 28, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Jokosher is “a simple yet powerful multi-track studio. With it you can create and record music, podcasts and more, all from an integrated simple environment.”

For Linux and Windows.

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Freemake Video Converter: stylish, user friendly video and DVD conversion, burning, and editing program

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Freeware Genius reviews Freemake Video Converter and pronounces it a “stylish, user friendly video and DVD conversion, burning, and editing program”.

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3ivx MPEG for Flip camcorders

Posted on August 30, 2010. Filed under: Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |

3ivx MPEG-4 5.0.2 is trial software to let you edit the 3ivx format video you get from Flip camcorders.

“The Trial software is restricted to 30 days with 50 audio encodes.”

3ivx MPEG-4 5.0.2 for Windows includes

– 3ivx DirectShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder
– 3ivx DirectShow MPEG-4 Video Encoder
– 3ivx DirectShow MPEG-4 Audio Decoder
– 3ivx DirectShow MPEG-4 Audio Encoder
– 3ivx DirectShow Media Splitter
– 3ivx DirectShow Media Muxer
– 3ivx Video for Windows (VfW) codec
– 3ivx QuickTime MPEG-4 Video codec

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PiZap: Editing Pictures For Funny results

Posted on February 7, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Fun, Graphics | Tags: , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on PiZap, for when you don’t want to spend more than a couple of minutes and want to edit a photo to be more “funny” or “amusing”, PiZap is the way to go. Using PiZap is very simple and quick since they don’t require to register. Just upload your photo and start editing pictures for fun.

PiZap allows you to:

* Put text in your photos.
* Put stickers in your photo.
* Use effects like Sepia, Black & White, Blur, Emboss.
* Paint over a part of your photo with any color and brush size.
* Download your edited photos and also submit it to the PiZap public gallery.
* One-Click drag and drop editing.
* Ability to embed the edited image on any website.
* Send edited image as an e-card or share it on any of the major social networks.
* Buy a print of your image on mugs, t-shirts or any of the other 20 products.

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BrushVideo: Free Online Video Editing Tool

Posted on October 28, 2008. Filed under: Online Software, Video | Tags: , , , , |

MakeUseOf.com has a post for BrushVideo a free, “simple to use online video editor program. The site lets you upload a video from URL and perform some basic video editing tasks right in your browser. Mix videos, add and change audio tracks, add watermarks, paint, add text notes etc.”

Once you’re done working with the video you can instantly upload it to YouTube for sharing… To get a better idea on type of things you can do with BrishVideo check out latest videos section on the site. I also added one sample below.

Features:

  • Basic online video editor with drag’d drop functionality.
  • Add text, watermarks, paint, mix, background audio, webcam recordings etc.
  • Maximum allowed video size: 100MB.
  • Embed videos onto your blog or website.
  • YouTube integration: upload edited videos onto Youtube.
  • Keep track of edited videos from one place (signup required).
  • Check out videos of other users, rate and leave comments.
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Gizmo’s Best Free Photo Noise Reduction Software

Posted on October 6, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Gizmo’s TechSupportAlert does detailed reviews and is a great source of information.

For digital photography, check out Gizmo’s – Best Free Photo Noise Reduction Software.

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Gizmo’s Best Free High Dynamic Range HDR Software

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Gizmo’s Best Free High Dynamic Range HDR Software.

Digital photography is a wonderful technology, but it’s not very good at handling scenes that are comprised of both very dark and very brightly-lit areas. The human eye is superb at this, but the sensors in digital cameras are not.

But, there is way to overcome this problem; It’s called HDR photography. HDR photography works by combining several photos of the same scene, taken at different exposure settings, into one photo. The details of dark areas (from a longer-duration exposure) are combined with the details of brightly lit areas (from a shorter-duration exposure). The result is a single photo that is correctly exposed in both the dark and light areas; it not only looks like it is correctly exposed, it also looks more dimensional.”

Gizmo continues this feature with his reviews of the best software.

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50+ Free Online Photo Tools

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

50+ Free Online Photo Tools

The English at Zepy.net can be a little choppy, but there are some useful links to digital editing tools here.

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Wavosaur to record and edit audio

Posted on July 14, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , |

ClifNotes newsletter has a review of Wavosaur. The reviewer founds it has capabilities missing from Audacity.

Wavosaur is a free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Wavosaur has all the features to edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert.
Wavosaur supports VST plugins, ASIO driver, multichannel wav files, real time effect processing.
The program has no installer and doesn’t write in the registry. Use it as a free mp3 editor, for mastering, sound design. The Wavosaur freeware audio editor works on Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows Vista.”

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FixPicture allows you to convert, resize

Posted on January 29, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Graphics, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

FixPicture is a free site aimed at digital camera owners who want to resize or convert the file format of their pictures.

Features:

  • Resize, edit and convert your images online. No registration required.
  • Upload images from a hard drive or import them directly from a url.
  • Supports over 400 file format: pictures (jpeg, tiff, png, gif, bmp, tga, …), RAW files (crw, nef, raf, cr2, dng, …)
  • Basic functions: Resize, Crop, Rotate, Mirror, Adjust.
  • Effects: Auto Level, Auto Contrast, Detail, Focus, Blur+, Sharpen+, Grayscale, Sepia, Maximum, Negative, Emboss, Normalise.
  • Download and save ready images as jpeg, tiff, png, gif, bmp, or tga files.
  • Multilingual: English, Deutsch, Italiano, Español, Français, Português, and Svenska.

Recommended by MakeUseOf.

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Rounding off pictures

Posted on November 27, 2007. Filed under: Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Rounding numbers is easy, but rounding the corners of pictures can be harder.

Roundpic is a free online service that lets you round off the corners of pictures and select backgrounds.  Recommended by MakeUseOf.

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Touch and Feel the web with Toufee freeware

Posted on November 27, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Graphics, Online Software, Video, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , |

Create your own flash movies for use on websites and elsewhere with the free service at Toufee.  This is a flash movie uploading and editing site (registration required) which is intended for amateur creation of flash movies.  Recommended by MakeUseOf.

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Picture editing is a Picnik online

Posted on November 27, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Graphics, Online Software | Tags: , , , |

Picnik online photo-editing site. Recommended as a PC Magazine Top 100 Undiscovered Web Site of 2007.

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Photo editing freeware

Posted on November 13, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , |

  • GIMP is the Gnu Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
  • Paint.NET “Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. It started development at Washington State University as an undergraduate 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 MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with a small amount of C++ for setup and shell-integration related functionality.”
  • Fototagger is freeware. It allows you to add comments at the appropriate places on your photos, etc. For example, put names next to people, descriptions next to events, and have the tags be visible or not, when you choose. Recommended by Lockergnome.
  • Fauxto (pronounced foh-toh) is an online service similar to PhotoShop. You need to register but at this time [5/24/2007] the service is free. Save results to Fauxto’s server or your hard drive. Recommended by Gizmo’s Support Alert Newsletter.
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