FotoFlexer is the most powerful online photo editor in existence. It can remove blemishes, change skin/hair color, morph photos and more! 100% free.
You can start by uploading a photo from your hard drive or edit photos from a selection of photo customizing sites, including Flickr, Facebook, or Picasa. For this demonstration, I connected FotoFlexer to my Flickr account.
After you select a picture, the image editor loads and you can start having fun. You can choose from several different tabs, including a basic editor, effects, layers, and geeky stuff, meaning more advanced editing.
The aptly-named Paint.Net PSD Plugin is one of those pieces of software which pretty much spells it all out right in the name. It’s a plugin…for Paint.Net…(wait for it)…which lets you open files saved in Photoshop’s PSD format.
Download the zip archive, dump the included PhotoShop.dll file into your Paint.Net FileTypes folder (usually c:\program files\Paint.Net\FileTypes), and you’re ready to rock. Pretty well anything in the PSD for which Paint.Net has an implementation will load just fine. Saving is another story, so you’d best stick to Paint.Net’s native .PDN file when you’re done working.
If you don’t have Photoshop, the plugin is a handy for looking at PSDs your friends might send you to look at. It’s also a nice way to transition yourself to a free alternative if you no longer require Photoshop.
i.Mage is a small and fast graphics editor slanted towards quite and easy pixel editing, ala DPaint from the DOS/Amiga days. Instead of being a bloated behemoth with a zillion plugins it starts in under a second and it does a lot of the mundane jobs of image editing quickly and without fuss. The right tool for simple jobs.
Source code is available under the LGPL. If you don’t see links in the download section I can provide then on request. I’m usually hacking on code rather than keeping every last i dotted and t crossed. If you don’t see a feature you want your welcome to add it to the code and send me a diff.
While graphic design professionals probably wouldn’t be able to substitute Fotografix for Photoshop, it’s certainly a capable free alternative for the average Joe.
In addition to being totally portable, Fotografix has a ridiculously small footprint. It’s a 370Kb download and about 700Kb once extracted. Despite its size, most of the features I rely on in Photoshop are available. Fotografix supports layers, masks, and scripting, comes with a few key blur and stylization filters, and type layers are editable (unlike some other editors where text is a one-shot deal).
The usual editing tools are also provided, like rectangular and elliptical marquees, magic wand, rubber stamp, eyedropper, and gradient tool. For me, the only glaring omission was the lack of grid and ruler options. Regardless, I didn’t have any trouble accomplishing my daily blog-editing tasks with Fotografix.
No, Fotografix isn’t a replacement for Photoshop, but its good range of features, small size, and portability make it an excellent option for quick edits on the go. The price is hard to argue with, too.
The Image Resizer Powertoy Clone adds an option to the Windows explorer context menu for quickly resizing pictures—without opening an image editor.
Using the utility couldn’t be simpler—just right-click one or more pictures, select Resize Pictures, choose the resolution you want to resize the images to, and the newly resized images will show up alongside the originals—making this a very handy tool for quickly resizing images to share over email or instant message.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because the utility is a clone of the previously mentioned Image Resizer Powertoy—but that one only worked on Windows XP, and only for 32-bit, but this one is both Vista and 64-bit friendly for your image resizing tasks.
The Image Resizer tool is both free and open source, available for Windows only.