Fotografix is a simple, free Photoshop alternative in under 1MB

While graphic design professionals probably wouldn’t be able to substitute fotografix_beta_2_-_screaming-sfdf-f-a-afdf-asdas-20090415-074330Fotografix 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.

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SEAMonsterResizes Your Images with Pixel Microsurgery

Windows: SEAMonster harnesses the power of seam carving to micro-edit 2009-04-12_020256and resize your images while keeping important elements intact and undistorted.

Source image by The Meanest Indian.

Like previously reviewed application Seam Carving GUI, SEAMonster doesn’t simply crop or scale an image it to knock it down in size— it looks for the patterns of pixels that aren’t as prominent and remove them. Prominent features of the image are left intact, while the less tangible apsects are manipulated to resize the image. In the case of seam carving, a video is worth ten thousand words, so be sure to check out both the video from the inventors of seam carving and from the author of SEAMonster, available at the link below. SEAMonster is freeware, Windows only, and requires the .NET Framework 2.0 or later to run.

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Image Resizer Powertoy Clone Resizes Pictures Easily

The Image Resizer Powertoy Clone adds an option to the Windows explorer resizepictures1context 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.

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JPEGsnoop Tells You If that Photo was Photoshopped

If you’ve ever visited a forum on the Web, you’re familiar with how easily a jpegsnoop_examinesingle photo can spark a debate over whether the photo has been altered. Funny cat photos and car accidents pics have been questioned–even if the poster was the person who took the photo.

Now you can help settle the debate when one flares up in your online community with JPEGsnoop, an app that can pull out the EXIF and metadata from a photo, and do a simple analysis of the image to see if it’s been obviously altered in ways the untrained eye can’t see.

Despite its name, JPEGsnoop supports multiple image types, including JPG, THM, AVI movies, DNG files, MOV movies, various RAW photo formats, and even Adobe PDF documents. The developer makes a point to clarify that the app cannot tell if a movie has been altered, just that those movie files are containers for multiple images that the app can examine one at a time as long as they’re supported.

The app is freeware, but the developer happily takes donations to fund additional development of the application. While you can use JPEGsnoop to determine the origin of an image and see if it’s been altered, you can also use the app to browse EXIF data and metadata that can help you learn more about an image or even pick up the photographer’s tricks.

For example, the app can examine an image and compare it against known compression signatures to see if it has been edited and recompressed using a desktop image editing program like Photoshop. Once the analysis is complete, JPEGsnoop can even tell you if the app was created by software or from a specific digital camera. In addition to helping you determine the authenticity of an image, you can also use JPEGsnoop to pull out the quality setting of the image, original resolution settings, RGB histograms, and a wealth of other information specifically of interest to photographers and graphic designers.

JPEGsnoop is remarkably powerful for a free application, and useful not just for those folks who want to end the “obviously photochopped” debate on their favorite blogs or forums. If you’re a photographer or just want to know how your favorite photographer works with their images to make them look so good, JPEGsnoop can help you find out. The app is Windows only, and supports just about every version.

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Create Videos from your Photo Collection

Photo to video Converter is a free application which helps you to create photo_to_videoexciting photo slide show from your digital photo collection. You can create the photo slideshow with background music, subtitles and transition effects. The program’s simplified three-step process enables users of all levels to easily build custom slide shows to view, store and share your pictures.

Key Features;

  • Supports BMP, EMF, GIF, J2K, JPEG, PCX, PNG, RAS, TGA, TIFF and WMF Image Files
  • Supports
    background music
    , with WMA,MP3,WAV,ADPCM,PCM,GSM,OGG audio files
  • Supports extracting audio from video files as
    background music
    .
  • Sets sub-title for each photo–you can define their location on the screen, choose a font size and color.
  • Choose from 142 transitional effects (fade, slide, wipe, etc.) for each individual slide.
  • Generate Real Media video files, then share your pictures on the Internet easily.
  • Generate DivX, XviD video files with high quality but small size.
  • Supports AVI, DivX, Xvid, MPEG, WMV and Real Media video files.

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