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
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
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
Duluth, Georgia, US
Capture One Pro is a 60-day free program that you can use too.
Nov 05 12 10:01 pm Link
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
Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 06 12 12:50 am Link
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Twiztid Hippie wrote:
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