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PhotoScape

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PhotoScape is a free image editor that is designed to be fun and easy to use. It not only resizes, edits, and tweaks your digital snapshots and other image files but also creates slideshows and animated GIFs, captures screenshots, combines and splits images, and more. PhotoScape can do lots of fun things to your pictures, and its modules, circular feature selector, and video tutorials take care of the "easy" part.

We mentioned PhotoScape's unique, circular module selector, which duplicates and adds to the features on the program's toolbar, except the first tab, PhotoScape, which is the home screen (though all the tools are available on the toolbar via the toolbar menu). Another unique and interesting feature displays a photo grabbed from Flickr. You can click to change the image or turn the feature off. The Viewer tool's tree view and thumbnails helped us make quick work of finding and loading our images; the tree view persists in the upper left corner, too, when you move on to PhotoScape's various features, starting with the Editor. The Editor collects the most frequently needed editing tools in a console, but the compact view hides a plethora of options; for instance, the Filter menu has 25 items, and nine of those items have submenus. The Editor tools can do everything from adding objects to removing moles: we had quite a laugh when the random wallpaper image we opened turned out to be screen legend Anne Francis and her famous mole! But we could also paint, draw, stamp, and make mosaics out of our images.

More fun: Animated GIFs are easy to make with PhotoScape, including resizing images, changing the timing and alignment, and automatically resizing all photos to the first image's size. The Page editor includes a huge range of templates for creating frames, borders, and collages, while the pop-up Raw Converter converts RAW images from DSLR cameras into JPEGs. A cool Paper Print tool prints letters, music sheets, calendars, planners, and more. Be sure to check out the online Face Search tool. PhotoScape promises and delivers a fun photo tool that's also easy to use.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 859 votes

    • 5 star: 415
    • 4 star: 308
    • 3 star: 68
    • 2 star: 25
    • 1 star: 43
  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 286 votes

    • 5 star: 123
    • 4 star: 109
    • 3 star: 36
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Loved it until it choked my laptop"

    January 8, 2014  |   By renos2k

    Version: PhotoScape 3.5

    Pros

    It's great for editing photos -- the filters, effects -- you get a lot of control.

    Cons

    I loved it until recently when my laptop started crawling and getting rather unstable. I took it for repair and was told it was the Photoscape gumming up the works. So I had to uninstall -- think it might be a Win 8.1 problem.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome program!"

    December 18, 2011  |   By desroche85

    Version: PhotoScape 3.5

    Pros

    I have been using this program for a few years and I absolutely love it!It offers so many features that are very artistic, and once you learn how to use them it is a very easy program to manipulate photos! The best part is that it is free! Another bonus is that is combines images and also has the capability to do screen capture too.
    (And also it is not infected with spyware!!)

    Cons

    I would like to see more filters and plug-ins.

    Summary

    Great program, and very easy to learn. YouTube has many videos to help also!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent program once you know it."

    December 18, 2011  |   By brkpnt

    Version: PhotoScape 3.5

    Pros

    It does a lot, it's free, what more could you ask for? It has cool built in templates, allows you to create all sorts of different looks - it's like Sonic drinks, there are over 100,000 different types. It does take a while to learn all of this, but once you start learning, it's easy.

    Cons

    Finding out how to create a specific look can be challenging if you only use PhotoScape's "help", I found YouTube to have more help then PhotoScape. For instance I wanted to create a collage, well, I searched "collage" in PhotoScape and came up with not a whole lot, then I searched "how to make collage in photoscape" in Google and found several, helpful videos on YouTube, and once I knew what icon to click on it was really easy and fast, with so many options on the finished product that I had a hard time choosing. That's my only complaint about this program.

    Summary

    Great program, spend some time getting to know it, search YouTube for help, enjoy and create!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A real great photo editor"

    December 17, 2011  |   By 24cgLOST

    Version: PhotoScape 3.5

    Pros

    I have had PhotoScape for years now. It does everything I need it to do as far as restoring old photos to fixing up screen captures. It even does screen captures for you! There are too many features to mention here that are top-notch. It even will make a slideshow for you, and download to a CD. I use it all the time and love it. Can't make a mistake as it has an "undo" button - plus is does not cost $1,000 like other photo-editing software does.

    Cons

    Of course, I would never pay the prices for the top photo-editing software, so I can't compare what they have to PhotoScape. I have had no problems with this program at all.

    Summary

    Try it, I promise you'll like it, and it's FREE!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "absolutely sucks"

    December 10, 2011  |   By timhurley

    Version: PhotoScape 3.5

    Pros

    cannot think of one

    Cons

    designed by an idiot

    Summary

    Not user friendly or intuitive at all. Opened up in 3 different sections. What the hell?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works Great!"

    December 7, 2011  |   By Nathxo

    Version: PhotoScape 3.5

    Pros

    It can resize large animated gifs
    It's free!

    Cons

    None at the moment

    Summary

    I was looking for an easy program that could resize animated GIF's. I've tried several with different results, but this one did make a great job.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Piece of crap!"

    December 4, 2011  |   By sonnie460

    Version: PhotoScape 3.5

    Pros

    none at all

    Cons

    I hate this damn program! It sucks
    don't waste your time

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Almost all necessary functions available for most users"

    December 3, 2011  |   By Yennam-mar

    Version: PhotoScape 3.5

    Pros

    Very easy to use, many options to choose from. My favorite part - IT IS ALSO FREE.

    Cons

    Relatively larger file size compared to similar programs

    Summary



    Updated on Dec 3, 2011

    Can't think of, and don't know of any better software that does these incredible things FOR FREE, None at all!
    Will recommend to everyone.

    Updated on Dec 9, 2011

    I actually take my earlier submission of 'the file size being bigger compared to other similar softwares' BACK.

    After exploring the software much much further, i realized that THE SOFTWARE WAS TOO GOOD. in fact it was more than I imagined. With its ability to watermark very EXTENSIVELY (considering the fact that i was looking for a watermaker software as well), plus editing, combination, pages. etc, I just fell in love with the software.

    A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THOS BEHIND THIS SOFTWARE. you can consider my rating a 5 now, instead of a four!

    Updated on Dec 9, 2011

    I actually take my earlier submission of 'the file size being bigger compared to other similar softwares' BACK.

    After exploring the software much much further, i realized that THE SOFTWARE WAS TOO GOOD. in fact it was more than I imagined. With its ability to watermark very EXTENSIVELY (considering the fact that i was looking for a watermaker software as well), plus editing, combination, pages. etc, I just fell in love with the software.

    A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THOS BEHIND THIS SOFTWARE. you can consider my rating a 5 now, instead of a four!

    Updated on Dec 9, 2011

    really? then change your antivirus. this software is too good to be ignored.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A very good Photo Editing program."

    November 28, 2011  |   By stevehorvath59

    Version: PhotoScape 3.5

    Pros

    The Photo Scape editing program offers a great deal of applications and tools to edit your pictures, from bitmap to gif, to jpeg, and so on. There is available on-line help about how to and which utilities to use achieve your desired outcome, and this first step is critical and fundamental if you want to use Photoscape succesfully! Once you learned them, you'll be very happy with it! If you don't want to read, trial and error always works, but it takes much longer and causes a lot of frustration!

    Cons

    The only drawback to Photoscape is its unusual User Interface, which does not appear to be user friendly at all at first. However, after you used it a couple of times, you'll get the hang of it.

    Summary

    When you get over the hurdle of the how to use the odd User Interface, the possibilities are practically limitless to do whatever you desire to edit your photos to your specific needs!
    Spread the word about it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It's infected with spyware!"

    November 19, 2011  |   By stickypistol

    Version: PhotoScape 3.5

    Pros

    I have no pros

    Cons

    Just as soon as I installed photoscape my spyware and avast lit up.

    Summary

    This is infected

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