freeware lightweight image editor (windows)?
Can anyone make any recommendations? I just need basic cut, paste, normalize, draw boxes, basic filters, etc. Photoshop would be way overkill.
I've used the Windows port of gimp without having any trouble, but its UI can be pretty intimidating -- it certainly doesn't *look* lightweight, and its startup time is not inconsistent with that impression.
I've used GIMP as a cheap alternative to Photoshop when preparing CD inlay covers. The main criticism of the Window version is that it's so slow, especially when cut and pasting large areas around between layers.
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The standard low-cost image editor on Windows is Paintshop Pro ( http://www.jasc.com ). It's not free but the download edition is only US$84 and should do pretty much everything you need. Haven't used the last couple of versions as I didn't need such software, though.
May be ImageMagic?
I second the motion for paintshop pro.
I tried GIMP and it seemed "very beta" to me.
i'm very happy with Photoshop Elements.
I use GIMP on Windows. It's pretty ugly and it takes forever to learn where everything is, but it's powerful enough that I don't need any other tool.
I have used Paint Shop Pro (jasc software) for a few years now and recommend it wholeheartedly. Its value greatly exceeds its cost, and its learning curve isn't that steep.
I'm a big big fan of Photoshop. I've been using it for years, and I can't imagine using anything else. I've gotten to the point where I feel like I can do *anything* with photoshop.
Thanks for the suggestions... I think I will check out PSP, since the $84 is probably worth a few hours of my time saved messing with GIMP.
I've been using Photoshop Elements 2.0 for a few months. Although marketed towards digicam ownders, it offers most of what full Photoshop contains except for some 'super-pro' things like CYMK color management / pre-press. It's $99, often less with rebates.
I agree that Photoshop Elements is a better deal than PaintShop Pro.
Can Photoshop Elements manipulate vectors? just curious...
What about plain ol' Paintbrush?
The Corel Draw suite has a limited edition (I believe it's basically version 9.0) that ships for about the same price as Paintshop Pro.
Thanks for the recommendation of PSP guys... been using it for a few days now and it seems like a totally solid piece of software, with a very nice interface. It's really hard to make a good interface for such a large program, but they did an excellent job.
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