Image Editing Tools

Last Update: July 10, 2017

For my image editing I normally use GIMP. It’s open source and it’s very powerful. For some application, it even beats Photoshop. GIMP is full of customizable editing tools and effects. But Gimp is slow at bootup time (which is the case with many open source programs) and many of the tools require several seconds before application.

For simple image editing tasks, I use IrfanView. Some people call this freeware tool the Swiss Army Knife of image viewers. IrfanView is a remarkable multimedia management and editing suite. If you have a hard drive full of photos that need organizing, converting and retouching, IrfanView is it!

Both tools are great and I warmly recommend them. What I would like is an image editing tool, which is somewhere between IrfanView (www.irfanview.com) and GIMP (www.gimp.org).

Now, this evening I did some research and I found several free image editing tools. I wanted to ask you, my dear WA members, if you have any experience using one or the other program:

Especially Splashup and Sumopaint impressed me. These are two pretty powerful online editing tools.

If you are or have been using one or even several ones of those, please let me know what your experience is or was. And very important: Is there a manual or an online tutorial available.

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bethcharron Premium
You got some great recommendations but I haven't use any of these so I can't help you
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ericpierre Premium
I think I will go for Splashup or Sumopaint. They seem pretty easy to use, but still pretty powerful!
Thanks for dropping by, Elizabeth!
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LunaVC Premium
Thanks, I did not know these. I will make note of them.
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ericpierre Premium
You're welcome, Luna. Elwin (ElwinDutton) shared an excellent one too. Paint.net. You have to go to getpaint.net to find it.
Thanks for commenting!
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LunaVC Premium
Thanks for the update!
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MKearns Premium
Thanks for this enlightenment Eric. Images are important!
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ericpierre Premium
You are right. And sometimes I like to do some editing on my own pictures. But for a fast edit GIMP is simply to sophisticated.
Thanks for commenting, Mike!
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ElwinDutton Premium
I don't use any those. I personally use paint.net and there are a lot of online tutorials available for just about anything you want to do with it. Thanks for sharing.
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ericpierre Premium
I had to search, but I found paint.net (the site name is getpaint.net). Looks like a fine tool to me. Might give it a try.
Thanks for sharing, Elwin.
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Cinderella5 Premium
Nice reading..
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ericpierre Premium
Thanks Cindy! And thanks for passing by!
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