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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:

    4.5 stars

    out of 33 votes

    • 5 star: 20
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Ok I guess"

    June 5, 2012  |   By Derty_Ernie

    Version: PhotoScape 3.6.1

    Pros

    Lots of features available for free.

    Cons

    Still looking for that program that lets you resize and save. I've tried several free programs, two from my camera's and none, including this program will let you enlarge a picture and save it. Its the one thing I really want to do. I've used the resize bar, the pixel adjustments, everything and the saved picture is identical to the original. Makes no sense unless its a feature only available in the expensive editors.

    Summary

    Its basically no better than the free bee's you get with your camera. Sony's PMB program is actually easier to use and have the same functions this does. Ditto Nikon's Program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My Favorite Of The Top 3 Free Photo Editing Downloads"

    April 30, 2012  |   By scauriemma

    Version: PhotoScape 3.6.1

    Pros

    1. Easy To Use
    2. Intuitive Layout
    3. Their Website Offers Video Tutorials On Almost Every Single Function of This Software - (http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/help.php?id=intro).
    4. A Vast Variety Of Different Functions and Capabilities For Viewing, Editing and Printing Photos.
    5. View And Edit many different types of image files including, but not limited to, .jpg and RAW.

    Cons

    1. Sometimes it could take up to twenty or thirty seconds to load large photo databases into the program. My photo sets are all taken at the highest resolution available on my DSLR.

    Summary

    This past Christmas I received a new Canon DSLR camera. I was not happy with the Canon photo editing software that came bundled with it, but wanted something to give me the ability to edit both .jpg and RAW image files. However, I did not want to spend up to hundred dollars or more for Photo Shop or similar photo editing software. After reading reviews for the top three free photo editing downloads from CNET, those being IrfanView, PhotoScape and FastStone, I became even more confused and unsure, so I decided to download all three and try them each out for a few months. After playing around with each one extensively I have found that I am continuously lured back to PhotoScape for its ease of use and extensive capabilities. IrfanView seems very basic to me and in my opinion would be better suited for a novice photographer or someone who is doing basic editing. I also like FastStone, but still prefer PhotoScape for most editing and I think it does a slightly better job. I am also drawn to PhotoScape's on-screen layout. While some may find it different than more familiar software like Photo Shop, I actually find it different and refreshing to use. I also like the fact that PhotoScape offers separate video tutorials on almost each of its functions on its website. You can check it out before making a final decision at (http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/help.php?id=intro). Can't make up your mind; then do what I did. Download all three, try them and see what works best for you. I have since deleted IrfanView and have kept PhotoScape as my main editor and FastStone as a back-up. Good luck and happy picture taking!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Relatively user friendly and good"

    April 23, 2012  |   By jkingo

    Version: PhotoScape 3.6.1

    Pros

    Fairly easy to figure out for basic editing

    Cons

    Can't make it do what good photo editing programs do.

    Summary

    I am a beginner/novice when it comes to photo editing. I don't do it much, so every time I try, it's like re-learning the subject. That said, Photoscape does a good job on basic features. Don't expect me to say how it compares to expensive professional programs. I like it better than Irfanview and other free editing software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what I want it to do!"

    April 23, 2012  |   By leo9ine

    Version: PhotoScape 3.6.1

    Pros

    Basic controls but loads of extras
    Ideal for simple editing (for eBay, for example) - and lots more.

    Cons

    Wish I could bring the controls I want onto one screen.

    Summary

    I don't want exotic editing - I just want to be able to improve my photos to help my sales. So I find that the editing feature is quick and easy to use - and I can go way beyond basic editing if I feel so inclined.
    By far the best of the free photo editing programs on offer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "this program is really quite fun.
    things it can do."

    April 18, 2012  |   By bobbibbaby

    Version: PhotoScape 3.6.1

    Pros

    It has pretty easy instructions and all kinds of neat options

    Cons

    So far the only bad thing seems to be my own lack of time to spend on this.

    Summary

    anyone who is wanting to explore their options in making their own stamp on their photos should try this program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great for editing etc. photos"

    April 17, 2012  |   By mailbag

    Version: PhotoScape 3.6.1

    Pros

    Its ease of navigating

    Cons

    the layout could be better

    Summary

    On the whole a good photo software for your photos

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very powerful and free"

    April 12, 2012  |   By vmdsb

    Version: PhotoScape 3.6.1

    Pros

    I like the Backlight option

    Cons

    the Backlight option should have a slider button, not a menu, and change in real time the image

    Summary

    recomended

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outstanding free program. Does everything I need."

    April 12, 2012  |   By tuffykt

    Version: PhotoScape 3.6.1

    Pros

    Free
    Multiple edit options
    Easy to use

    Cons

    None I've found

    Summary

    Granted, I don't like to tweak my photos too much so my needs are very basic, but Photoscape exceeds all those needs. Best of all it's free and easy to use. I recommend it to anyone who is looking to resize, crop and alter photos.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Like this program, use it all the time."

    April 10, 2012  |   By jld2k3

    Version: PhotoScape 3.6.1

    Pros

    Well thought out program, easy to use.

    Cons

    Keeps asking you to up date even after you have.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Bit frustrating - used other programs too many years?"

    April 9, 2012  |   By billstyler

    Version: PhotoScape 3.6.1

    Pros

    Small footprint. Decent GUI.

    Cons

    Somewhat less than intuitive. Not very useful help file. Only seems to address the few basic items which are common commands. I hope I din't miss something, but I grew weary quickly of looking for comprehensive documentation.

    Summary

    I'll check out others before settling on PhotoScape.

    Updated on Apr 9, 2012

    I may have been expecting too much from a free program.

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