Free top 10 for editing?

posted March 7th, 2017
So far I have only been using my cell for editing and would like to change to my pc! As I do not have anything downloaded yet and do not want to pay a monthly fee, ( a once off would be ok) what are my options?
I would love to have a few to choose from. Would appreciate some help, thanks.
posted March 7th, 2017
I use Picasa 3.9 it is a free download and is very straight forward and simple to use.. I also use Photoshop... but Picasa is a good starting point..
posted March 7th, 2017
nik is awesome and free to download https://www.google.com/nikcollection/ might be a bit daunting at first

have you used picmonkey? you can access it online, on your photo pages down the list on the right hand side
posted March 7th, 2017
gimp is a free basic photoshop-like program https://www.gimp.org/
posted March 7th, 2017
perfect effects 9.5 is a lot of fun too http://en.freedownloadmanager.org/Windows-PC/Perfect-Effects.html there is a newer version 10.0 but it has most of the filters stripped out of it.
posted March 7th, 2017
@ludwigsdiana @kali66 thanks, methinks
posted March 7th, 2017
you can use the basic editing features of the following:

ribbet.com
befunky.com
ipiccy.com
pixlr.com
gimp.com

ribbet is the easiest to use but so are the others, it's just that i am more comfortable using ribbet. i have photoshop cc and photoshop elements but i only use them when i process my photos using my Nikon, i prefer to process my photos with ribbet. as with any other program, it is with whatever you're comfortable using and getting the results you want. be warned, though, as sometimes they strip the exif details of your photo when using them, especially befunky.

if you want to avail of those programs' fancy features, then you would have to shell out a few dollars per year.

if your computer is on windows 10, you have capability to do simple processing, with different presets, in the photo viewer. I've used it quite a few times and liked the results. but then, i'm easy to please apart from being techno ignorant..
posted March 7th, 2017
Thanks so much for all your helpful tips and thoughts! I am also techno ignorant , that is the reason I only used my cell till now! I have a fabulous app called snapseed! As fab as it is, I am at a stage where I would like to try more! The fantastic photo's on 365 have motivated me! Thanks for all your input, I really appreciate it 😊 @julzmaioro @kali66 @365projectltaylor @summerfield
posted March 7th, 2017
I find photoscape very good it is a full scale editor and is free, befunkyy is good and is mostly free on line..
posted March 7th, 2017
FastStone is free to download (there is just a request for a voluntary one-off donation of something like Β£5) and it will also store your photos.

I find it does all I need in terms of editing and processing. It came recommended to me from the leader of our U3A photography group. I sometimes use Picasa too.
posted March 7th, 2017
I use Ribbet, BeFunky and iPiccy- all free on line. As an ACE member you have access to Picmonkey. Load your photo into 365 and then in the menu on the right click edit In Picmonkey. You can do everything you'd do in Ribbet in Picmonkey. After you've processed it, you save it and Picmonkey automatically puts it back on 365. The cost of going premium on any one of the first three is quite affordable and well worth the cost to get the extras (I'd go with Ribbet for that). The advantage- you pay once for the year, not the $10 per month that PS charges you. Why rent when you can own?
posted March 8th, 2017
I use Ribbet and find it very easy to use I am not too good with computers but the more you use it the easier it becomes. I have upgraded with a small yearly fee to get the premium options. I also use Picmonkey on 365 as an Ace member.
posted March 8th, 2017
I used GIMP for years because I was committed to Linux, had a low powered laptop, and had been working and playing with computers since the IBM punch card days. The worst part about GIMP is the quality of online instruction and help available. It's overkill for a first photo editor. Also, it's not a native Windows program, so it runs in an emulator, which works most of the time.
posted March 8th, 2017
These are all free (i think-dont hold me to it! you might have to pay for extra filters or something like that!?) http://www.fotor.com/ https://pixlr.com/express/ https://www.picmonkey.com/

they are also really easy to use!!
posted March 8th, 2017
Try Picasa. All fabulous and interesting suggestions above (some of which I'd like to try when I have more free time) but I don't think you can go wrong with Picasa. It's quick and easy to use. I have the Nik Collection downloaded (free) but haven't yet managed to get to grips with it. So many options, so little time ;) Good luck and I look forward to seeing what you decide.
posted March 9th, 2017
@jack4john @quietpurplehaze @olivetreeann @wendyfrost @fotoblah @sasslater @kwiksilver I am overwhelmed by the response! Thanks so much everyone it is greatly appreciated! I was not even aware that there was so much to choose from. I will download a few and see how I manage. Will deffo keep you posted and let you know the fav's! Thanks again
posted March 9th, 2017
@kwiksilver Thanks Gillian, I need the luck as I am pc ignorant! Will keep you posted πŸ˜‰
posted March 25th, 2017
Hi everyone, I am just trying to download picmonkey and it says it is only a free trial? Has something changed? Thanks
posted January 24th, 2018
I am thankful for your question and these answers as this has been a question of mine as well. I tried pic monkey with 365 but can’t save it? Or figure out how to save? Thanks for all these good options. I only knows about photoshop and Lightroom andvthisecare a little overwhelming at this point!
posted January 24th, 2018
Thanks to @joansmor, I am blissfully happy with Topaz Studio. The basics are free and very easy to use. There are also amazing presets. I bought a few of the major pro options and love it. I seldom use Lightroom or Photoshop Elements now πŸ˜‰
posted January 24th, 2018
I love Topaz Studio though I prefer Nik Silver Efex for bw but I also use LR and PS. I have I thinthe complete Pro for Studio and a couple of Topaz Labs too. Topaz Studio and Nik both have presets which can save time.
posted February 17th, 2018
I use Picasa 3.9 and love it. A photography course instructor recommended it.
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