Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > Know of any good free Photo-retouching programs?

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Miss-Marie-Mayhem

Posts: 65

Oxnard, California, US

I have been retouching and editing my own photos, (with photographers okay). I would like to know if anyone knows of any good free programs to start out with? I like how I edit my own photos, but others don't so I'm looking to improve my skill and improve my style and cut down on certain things I do as well as change the program I use for more options in editing as well as better myself at the craft.

Nov 05 12 06:58 pm Link

Photographer

KonstantKarma

Posts: 2513

Hickory, North Carolina, US

Check out my portfolio. I use GIMP. It's essentially a free photoshop, but is not very intuitive and is fairly complex. Youtube tutorials work wonders.

Nov 05 12 08:41 pm Link

Photographer

Halcyon Arts

Posts: 173

Washington, District of Columbia, US

I'll echo GIMP, which is quite good, unless you're going to need Photoshop experience to get a job in which case get the real thing.  One thing that's really nice are the wide selection of mostly free plugins available out there.  I'd highly recommend a brush pack or two, wavelet denoise and frequency separation filters.

Nov 05 12 09:04 pm Link

Photographer

Gulag

Posts: 1252

Duluth, Georgia, US

Capture One Pro is a 60-day free program that you can use too.

Nov 05 12 10:01 pm Link

Retoucher

Alena Hovorkova

Posts: 123

Brno, Jihomoravsky, Czech Republic

I have no answer for a free variant, sorry,
but - in case you plan to learn retouching a bit more/seriously - didn´t you consider to invest (not much, actually, but it´s paid, though) into Adobe Photoshop Elements?

It is a simplified (and much cheaper) version of Photoshop, but still pretty powerfull, for what a beginner may need (and pretty underestimated editing software).

In case you learn how basic principles/program work, you can always upgrade to full Photoshop if you want to (with the advantage that you already will understand the basic philosophy/gui/tools of the program). But/or - you just as well might never need to upgrade to ´full´ PS version, actually (unless going really seriously with retouching) - since Elements might be just good enough for what you might need.
Just an idea.

Nov 05 12 10:57 pm Link

Photographer

pellepiano

Posts: 2292

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

There are also a lot of free software that just loads in your browser, like www.pixlr.com or www.aviary.com that has both bitmap and vector software.

Nov 06 12 12:50 am Link

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Image Magik

Posts: 1068

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

Twiztid Hippie wrote:
I have been retouching and editing my own photos, (with photographers okay). I would like to know if anyone knows of any good free programs to start out with? I like how I edit my own photos, but others don't so I'm looking to improve my skill and improve my style and cut down on certain things I do as well as change the program I use for more options in editing as well as better myself at the craft.

I've never seen "good" and "free" add up to anything of greatness but you can do basic stuff with Gimp. If you eventually go to photoshop though you'll have to learn a whole new program again.

Nov 06 12 01:09 am Link