Sunday, October 17, 2010

TOP TEN SITES FOR THIS WEEK

This week I've got photo editing sites (& downloads)  that are F*R*E*E. Most of them have extra things like storage or creative options that you can purchase, but still offer quite a bit for free. They differ in a lot of ways, so check them out to see which fits your needs best. 
  • Picnik -- Here's how they describe what they offer: 
    • Fix your photos in just one click
    • Use advanced controls to fine-tune your results
    • Crop, resize, and rotate in real-time
    • Tons of special effects, from artsy to fun
    • Astoundingly fast, right in your browser
    • Awesome fonts and top-quality type too
    • Basketful's of shapes from hand-picked designers
    • Works on Mac, Windows, and Linux
    • No download required, nothing to install
    • Also, you can click to grab your photos from where you store them (such as Picasa web albums; a tad different than Picasa software as the former is online and the latter is downloaded on your computer and has its own editing tools).
  • Picasa, a free software from Google --  You can have it organize (it's called an "organizer" and "viewer" -- plus all of the editing features) all your photos on your computer and/or you can upload to web albums.  I like having it on my computer & it basically has every photo downloaded to my computer organized in their respective folders that I created.  Even if my pictures aren't in the "My Pictures" folders, it shows them in their respective folders.  You can choose how you want them displayed, what order, etc.  Then, if you want to upload them to the Internet, you can.  You can make the web albums public if you want to share them with friends & family, or make them private if you want to keep them to yourself.  NOTE: if you have a blog on Blogspot, each picture you use that is downloaded directly (not from Photobucket, etc.) is in a web album named after that blog.
  • FotoFlexer -- They're another site that can edit photos straight from Picasa, Photobucket, and even Facebook. If it starts to look familiar when you're editing, it's because this is the editing software Photobucket uses.  Photobucket is actually the storage side of the equation, & provides you with the HTML & other links you need to post your pic on message boards, blogs etc..  You can get FotoFlexer without Photobucket, but Photobucket comes with Fotoflexer (and...) I strongly recommend using Photobucket, because of the links it provides and it has FotoFlexer right there on the website (you don't have to go to FotoFlexer to edit, in other words).
  • Photoscape --
    • Viewer: View photos in your folder, create a slideshow
    • Editor: resizing, brightness and color adjustment, white balance, back light correction, frames, balloons, mosaic mode, adding text, drawing pictures, cropping, filters, red eye removal, blooming, clone stamp
    • 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
  • LunaPic -- Edit your profile pictures for MySpace and FaceBook -- With this editor you can download your image from the computer or the web and edit right online.
  • Phixr -- Much like LunaPic (an online photo editor), but  you can upload from a few more sites like Picasa Web, Fototopic, Flickr, and Smugmug.
  • Gimp -- GIMP is a professional digital photo editor. Use it as a simple paint program or to retouch photos, render images or convert image formats. GIMP is also built to accept many different plug-ins and extensions. Download GIMP if you are looking for the ability to do any type of image manipulation. To help save disk space, GIMP will also transparently compress your files and save with an archive extension without any extra needed steps
  • Pixlr -- An online photo editor (yes, there are many...) and you can even create your own image from scratch.
  • AVS Image Converter -- with this one (it's a download) you can:
    • Convert between Various Formats
    • Convert Images Fast (batch editing)
    • Convert Complex Image Formats
    • Improve Image Quality
    • Watermark Your Pictures
  • Many more to choose from thanks to Webcrawler -- take a look & see if there's another site that more fits what you are looking for. 

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