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Image Editors

Postby Candle » Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:04 am

Pixia is the English version of a popular Japanese painting and retouch software for full color graphics. It supports mask, layer and many other editing functions. You can use your own customized brush tips and even use an image file as a brush tip to create unique effects. Its user-friendly interface is suitable for beginners as well as experts. Pixia supports the most common editing techniques and presents a user friendly interface.

Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows XP or 2000. Paint.NET is jointly developed at Washington State University with additional help from Microsoft, and is meant to be a free replacement for the MS Paint software. The program offers a clean and easy to understand interface that includes all common editing tools, as well as clone stamp and various image effects. More advanced users will also appreciate the fact that Paint.NET supports layers with transparency and layer adjustments. Additional features include Red-Eye removal, image resizing, sharpening, multi-level Undo and more.

The Windows version of a popular Linux graphics editor and image manipulation software. It offers a ton of features, including advanced layer support, masks, filters, effects and many other features found in professional graphics programs. Beware however that the interface needs getting used to, and the program has a rather steep learning curve.

Greenfish Painter is a painting program that allows you to paint with virtual brushes, calligraphic pens, charcoal, or chalk instead of the standard pain brushes. The results will look more like a real painting, created with traditional paint tools. Greenfish Painter provides a variety of ready-to-use brush presets (crayon, oil paint, marker, aquarel etc.) which can be customized or (with some effort) you can create your own brush presets. The result can be exported to BMP or JPG format.

VCW VicMan`s Photo Editor is an image editor with basic and advanced features, including selection by color, lasso, replacement of colour, deleting of objects, various paintbrushes and pencils, text, gradient and more. It comes with several pre-defined special effects and the option to add additional ones via plug-ins.

Project Dogwaffle is a full featured paintbox application inluding natural tools, realtime filters, image warping, gradients, and more. The program is primarily designed for "unnatural painting" and includes realistic artist tools, paper, and media styles. It offers custom and procedural brushes and fill types as well as realtime image processing filters. Dogwaffle supports many file types and supports multiple levels of Undo, alpha channels and seemless textures. The interface can be extended with the use of plugins.

A fast and Simple graphics editor. Supports 8, 16, 24 and 32 bit images. Excellent at tile editing, cropping and cleaning up images. Supports GIF, BMP, JPG, PCX. Split view zoom and basic graphics file support.

Png2swf: convert PNG images to flash SWF files
Description: Png2swf is a free program that can convert PNG files into an animated flash SWF file. It can process a number of PNG images serially into a SWF file or otherwise batch-create SWF files out of individual PNGs. ... swf-files/

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Phantasmagoria: transform your images with an arsenal of cool effects
Description: Phantasmagoria is a free image manipulation program that offers a number of potential interventions, ranging from common editing operations (scaling, rotating, cropping, annotation, etc.) to sophisticated effects such as adding background textures, applying color adjustments, distortion and warping, blurring and sharpening, and a number of other effects. It also includes Flickr and Twitter uploading support, as well as the option to receive Twitter messages. ... l-effects/

Loomis Faceworx: model a 3D head from two 2D images

Description: Looxis Faceworx is a free 3D modeling program that can construct a textured 3D model of a person?s head out of two 2D photos (one from the front, "mugshot" style, and the other profile style from the side).

With this program you can create a modeled 3D head and then export it as an .OBJ file for use in other 3D modeling software such as Sketchup or Blender. As a starting point you will need two well light photographs of the subject whose head you want to model, and, once imported into Looxis Faceworx, the process will require a degree of manual intervention on your part to best map your subject?s phase/features onto the 3D model. Here are more notes on this program: ... 2d-images/

About CinePaint
CinePaint is a deep paint image retouching tool that supports higher color fidelity than ordinary painting tools.

CinePaint is used to retouch feature films and in pro photography. CinePaint opens high fidelity image file formats such as DPX, 16-bit TIFF, and OpenEXR, and conventional formats like JPEG and PNG. It has a flipbook for movie playback of image sequences in RAM. It supports 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit color channels, HDR and CMS.

CinePaint is used for motion picture frame-by-frame retouching, dirt removal, wire rig removal, render repair, background plates, and painting 3D model textures. It's been used on many feature films, including The Last Samurai where it was used to add flying arrows.

For still photography, CinePaint can import bracketed HDR exposures. It has gallery-quality 16-bit per channel color printing with GutenPrint. CinePaint's high dynamic range is crucial with B&W still photography, where images only have a single channel.

Welcome to the home of ArtRage, the easy to use, stylish painting software for Windows and Mac OS X!

With ArtRage you can paint with oils, sketch with pencils, sprinkle sparkling glitter and much more. Stencils and rulers let you create precise shapes or smooth curves and straight lines freehand. Tracing and Reference images let you load photos to recreate as paintings either by eye or by letting ArtRage select colors for you as you paint. For professional users, ArtRage offers Layers, Layer Groups and Layer Blend Modes compatible with the PSD file format.

Best of all, ArtRage doesn't force you to learn complex tool settings, it lets you get right down to painting with tools you already know how to use.

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Artweaver is a simple Freeware program for creative painting, i.e. Artweaver offers you all artistic effects which you need for your work.

You can create sketches from photos and experiment with a wide range of brushes. The brush simulation is thereby so realistic as possible.

Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6 in the US, key stages 1 & 2 in the UK). It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.
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Postby Mystery » Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:18 am

Thanks a lot for the info, Candle, I'm sure there are some great tool among them :D
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Postby Jaked » Sat Aug 23, 2008 1:45 am

You find all the great software, candle! :o
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Postby Candle » Sat Aug 23, 2008 1:54 am

Well lots of time on my hands with nothing to do.
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Postby MRM2811 » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:37 am

Forgive me if this was mentioned earlier,
But also consider Inkscape.

*From the Site*

About Inkscape

An Open Source vector graphocs editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw or or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Not exactly a standard image editor, But useful all the same. You can export bitmap from the main menu, then reopen that in another graphics editor to convert to another image file type.

More for the advanced user. But still rather impressive and completely free.
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Postby Netjera » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:49 pm

If you like to start your work from scratch, try to grab a free version of Sketchbook Express by Autodesk.

The pro version of the software is a "for sale" product (and more expensive than I think it needs to be, personally - $94.99 through Amazon), but the Express version doesn't seem to be lacking anything and is great for sketching.

It has a very simple, uncluttered interface with radial menus, and lots of customizable tools. It supports layers (although not more than three), however if you save and exit, when you reopen the file the layers will be merged (this does not apparently happen with the pro version).

It's available as OEM software, so if you purchase a piece of equipment, look to see if it's available, it's well worth it.
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Postby JasonMc » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:37 pm

I'm a fan of the GIMP, personally. I do a lot of work with images, so having the broad range of extensions and high-quality exports really help.
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