Capable photo editor

Stick with this free image editor for simple photo tweaks.

Tons of image editors try to compete with Photoshop and other top sellers. However, not everyone needs all the bells and whistles that come with the big programs, nor their costs, which can run to hundreds of dollars. GraphicsGale isn't as sleek and precise as its costly counterparts, but it performed well as a free image editing tool.

GraphicsGale's look didn't do much for us. The user interface is pretty bland, with tiny command buttons running across the top of the window. We had to hover our mouse over each one just to discover its function. We did like the program's movable palettes, which made for easy, at-a-glance editing. We opened an image file and jumped into the program's features, flipping the image, selecting colors with the magic wand tool, filling in selected areas, and so on. The program performed as promised in all of these areas. The Draw Text tool was a little weird, though. Instead of letting us type directly onto our image, a separate window appeared for formatting the text and for inputting the text itself. As we typed our text into the window, it appeared on the image: Like we said, weird. GraphicsGale does let you save edited images in different file formats, including JPEG, BMP, and PNG. Novices should appreciate a perfectly adequate, searchable Help feature.

GraphicsGale installs and uninstalls without any issues. It doesn't offer the precise feeling of more expensive image editing programs, but what do you expect? It's free. We recommend it to all users.

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