By the introduction of compact digital cameras, photography became much easier at least for common people, who are not aware about handling DSLR camera. Now anyone, who owns a digital camera, can take photographs in usual occasions like a birthday or an excursion. However, you will have to face some usual problems such as red-eye, over exposure etc even when using your digital camera.
The most popular tool according to majority’s suggestion will be Adobe Photoshop in most cases. What will you do if you are not well in using Photoshop? Learning it? No! You have enough choices to choose from. Here we can have a look on some easy to use image editors to help you in certain situations like mentioned early. Hope you know there are enough image editing services online. Nevertheless, here, we are listing only the desktop based ones.
Are you familiar with Google’s popular image viewer? Then you do not have to search for any other easy to use image editors. Picasa has an awesome image editor integrated with it, comprising a good number of pre-defined effects. You can control the sharpness, reduce red-eye repair etc. Picasa also lets you to add some scene based effects like cinemascope, black and white, soft-focus etc along with technical features like resizing, cropping etc.
As of our experience, you can add such superb effects into your photograph using Picasa’s in-built editor as well as making a small video or slideshow by combining all your photographs. There is also a feature to upload those photos into Picasa web albums as the image viewer and editor comes from Google.
Paint.NET is a free image editor available in web. This editor comprises a much compact user interface, which is easy to use. Along with some special effects, normal editing features like cropping, resizing, rotating are also available in the application that supports all Windows based versions from Windows 2000.
Support of layer-wise editing is also available in the application so that you can split your effects into multiple layers and handle them easily if something goes wrong. This software’s UI may resemble Microsoft’s Paint, but it has lot more than that.
You might have heard about GIMP if you have ever used Linux. GIMP is a typical Photoshop Alternative for Linux, though it is quite easy to use. We can say that GIMP is the best free photo editor available without a doubt. As we said in other cases, GIMP also has some tools for color correction, brightness control, blur effect, red-eye repair, special lighting effects etc.
You can also do some animation stuff if you are creative. Still, you would take a few minutes to get familiar with this software and any kind of editing experience will help you in doing that.
PhoXo has a working experience of almost 10 years and the software has become much familiar in this small time. Even a 7-year-old kid can use PhoXo and add effects to the photographs. Support of interesting effects like clipart, watermarking, and some other normal effects are available in PhoXo along with drawing tools and image transformations.
A useful feature is also available, which allows you to watermark all the photos in a single folder. All these features are there in PhoXo without making you spend a penny.
Funny Photo Maker
This editor is all about fun as its name says. No advanced features like multiple layers, drawing tools, selection tools or drawing features are available in Funny Photo Maker but it has a huge collection of image effects.
A lot of templates are available in Photo Maker like adding someone’s face into a magazine cover, adding some cool frames to the photographs etc, which make the software truly practical in use.
Just like the above one, PhotoScape also lacks the capacity of multi-layer editing and drawing effects. You can add some animation stuff to your photos by means of clipart images, speech bubbles etc. along with the support to make GIF images. There are some interesting single-click tools in PhotoScape letting you to add artistic effects to photo such as oil painting effect. All these features are simply configurable and customizable. Some features like photo splitting, color picking are also integrated with PhotoScape.
We have listed some easy to use photo editors for you, at least when compared to the heavy load Photoshop. As you can guess, all these applications are very lite to fit in MB’s and not GBs. However, when there is a word of usability, it is significant that all these applications would help you a lot. Do you use any other image editor, which offer easy handling? Do share it via comments.