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Free photo editors turn your pictures into masterpieces

Free photo editors turn your pictures into masterpieces
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Capturing a great photo is like capturing lightning in a bottle! You don't get a second chance at it so you better get it right the first time.

At least that's the way it used to be. Thanks to digital photo editors, you can fix little mistakes and turn that ho-hum picture into a fantastic photo.


These programs are listed from the most basic and user-friendly to the most advanced. They're all free, however, so you can try every one to find the right one for you!

Picasa - Picasa is well-known as a photo organizer brought to you by Google. It can help you keep track of thousands of photos automatically, but it's also a simple and powerful image editor.

With just one click, you'll be able to color correct, remove red eye, fix contrast and shading, and more. You can also manually retouch, crop, rotate and add text. There are also dozens of filter effects to add on. Don't worry, though! Picasa always saves your untouched original photo.

Paint.net - For you photo editors that have a good grasp of the basics, you might appreciate Paint.net, a service originally created as a free replacement for MS Paint!

Paint.net lets you add text, paint, patterns, shapes and gradients to any photo using layers. It also includes tons of helpful special effects that let you sharpen, blur or remove grain and noise. But perhaps the best part is that Paint.net keeps an unlimited history, so you'll always be able to undo every change!

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