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Good free photo editing software?

Asked by fortris (680points) June 20th, 2008

Something sililar to fireworks prefferably. With the ability to make animated GIFs. For windows Vista or lower.

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Stocky's avatar

GIMP is an open source program that is supposed to be equivalent to photoshop more or less

fortris's avatar

I have it, and it isn’t like photoshop. It has no pointer which makes it more complicated than it needs to be (I downloaded it)

Stocky's avatar

i use photoshop but i have coworkers who swear by it, i never used it personally

Stocky's avatar

cant argue with the price though

Stocky's avatar

This is a web based app for creating animated gif’s

fortris's avatar

I personaly use fireworks, but can’t afford to pay $400 for it.

XCNuse's avatar

for freeware gimp is all i hear about (or heck, even serious photoshoppers use it when they’re away from their computer since gimp is easily a portable app [])

gimp is definitely the best thing out there for freeware;
software i’ve used was first paint (back.. when photo software like wasn’t even around lol), then Corel 7 back like 5 or 6 years ago, then Paint Shop Pro 7, then 8, now 9 (but i only use PSP for like graphics paint rendering), and now I use photoshop CS3

seriously though, a forum I visit, if people dont want to pay, i’ve heard plenty of good things about gimp, and seen some stunning stuff from it.

I don’t know if it does animation gifs maybe, dunno

fortris's avatar

I gave in and bought an old version of fireworks, and have gimp too.

Jbor's avatar

On a related note get the portable version of Gimp here:

Portable applications do not need to be installed, and can run from USB keys etc. I cannot praise portable (or virtualized, standalone) apps. enough. I may use 50 different applications once in a while, but if I installed them all they would seriously bog down my system.

swimmindude2496's avatar


Go to:!!!

sebrowns's avatar

you should check out a.viary. it is a fantastic web-based imaging app.

mindstorms's avatar

I would highly recommend GimpShop which gives gimp a more photoshop feel and also, paint.NET is pretty nifty however i don’t believe paint.NET supports animated gifs….

drhat77's avatar

if you have or get Open Office, it has image processing capabilities. Not very advanced, but easy to use and meets the needs of most users.

swimmindude2496's avatar

@drhat77 Is there Open Office for Mac?

EDIT: Nevermind. I found this:

XCNuse's avatar

not.. directly, but they are porting it (open office is)

check this out:

swimmindude2496's avatar

Thanks I will try it. I think the other way could have worked also.

drhat77's avatar

ha i always miss the subtext (in real life as well as fluther)
microsoft makes a free animated GIF program. go to for lots of good free ware

swimmindude2496's avatar

@drhat77 Yeah. I know about that one but is there one for Mac?

EDIT: I think I found it –

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GIMP & Paint.Net

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