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Are there any good free (or not to $$$) image editing programs?
Preferrably one that will work with RAW image data...

Comments (18)

With RAW? No. You're best off doing the RAW processing in your camera maker's software..

Once you have it in another format (like 16bpp PNG), the GIMP is probably your best bet. Its not color managed, but beyond that does most everything Photoshop can..

Branshew wrote:.

Preferrably one that will work with RAW image data...

Comment #1

Sure:.

Raw Therapee (I had a revelation with it in Linux that I could not get in the Windows version)..

Picasa does RAW editing but not intense manipulation. I think Irfanview, XnView and Faststone are also able to edit a bit.

Silkypix has a free version.

Photoscape does RAW and is free.

UfRaw reads RAW and passes it to The GIMP to edit..

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Comment #2

Just scour eBay and craigslist for used software, somethign like elemets 3 or 4 that's a few years old but stillexcellent..

Branshew wrote:.

Preferrably one that will work with RAW image data..

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Comment #3

As you now know, there are many free editors. I'm here to say avoid them! BTDT....

Get Elements 6 or if you want a superior way to organize your photo collection, get LightRoom (ver 2 is almost here)..

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Comment #4

I totally agree. Don't go with a freebie editor unless you're not really serious about post processing. Elements 6 is the minimum, IMO. Later if you wish to move up to something more serious like Photoshop CS3, you at least understand the interface..

Elements gets you the latest Adobe Raw converter.Cheers, Craig..

Comment #5

Guidenet wrote:.

I totally agree. Don't go with a freebie editor unless you're notreally serious about post processing. Elements 6 is the minimum, IMO.Later if you wish to move up to something more serious like PhotoshopCS3, you at least understand the interface..

So, GIMP users are not serious about PP?..

Comment #6

Hi,.

If the camera comes with RAW then it will have a CD in the box to convert it etc. And there's lots of free ones out there, they've already been mentioned..

Regards, David..

Comment #7

Chuxter wrote:.

As you now know, there are many free editors. I'm here to say avoidthem! BTDT....

That's a little bit unfair to RawTherapee and UFRaw. They both perform excellently. UFRaw handles RAW data only. RawTherapee handles RAW (many cameras) TIFFs and JPGs as well.And GIMP is free. May not be the easiest PP to use but it's not rubbish!..

Comment #8

Is Serif's PhotoPlus free for download & registration.

Http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/.

They give you V6 for free in the hopes you will buy X2 (They used to offer significant discounts to registered users of V6. I assume they still do).

Http://www.serif.com/...oplus/photoplusx2/overview/power-and-productivity.asp.

Few low cost editors offer raw conversion, but there are plenty of low cost raw converters..

I think going the cheap route makes a lot of sense, the best known freebies are pretty good in their own right, and they give you a chance to determine exactly what it is you like/dislike in photo software. It makes that second, bigger purchase a better informed one..

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Dave_s93 wrote:.

Guidenet wrote:.

I totally agree. Don't go with a freebie editor unless you're notreally serious about post processing. Elements 6 is the minimum, IMO.Later if you wish to move up to something more serious like PhotoshopCS3, you at least understand the interface..

So, GIMP users are not serious about PP?.

If you're running Linux or BSD I suppose it's an only choice, but if not, I think Photoshop and possibly a couple of additional converters is the way to go for the serious digital dark room. Aperture and Lightroom are good also, but I think only after one has mastered Photoshop. Elements is a good starting point, my opinion..

And, no, I don't think Gimp is a serious replacement for Photoshop CS. The last time I loaded it on my Linux box, I found the interface to be clutzy and the implementation to not be in the same ballpark as Photoshop. When one spends thousands on photo equipment and serious time in the field, one should expect to put the same effort into post. Too many scrimp when it comes to this..

Again, just my opinion..

Cheers, Craig..

Comment #10

Anyone who judges 'seriousness' by the tools they use is a fool! I've seen superb post processing performed by all sorts of editors both human and software..

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Comment #11

Wow, you are some kind of rude sucker..

But, yes, I think that there are serious tools and not so serious tools out there. That's my opinion. Period. And you can Bull Hockey all you wish. That's your style and your opinion. It certainly doesn't make it a good opinion nor a good style, but it's yours..

Cheers, Craig..

Comment #12

I think rawtherapee is a very nice raw processor. It has lots of options and a set of sane defaults..

Gimp 2.4.x has an improved user interface and supports icc profiles. It's not CS3, nor is it meant to be, but it is more featured than elements. That said, I understand the windows version of Gimp is a bit quirky in the UI. On Linux it's good. And no, these are not the only choices in Linux..

IMHO, regardless of your HO..

Http://gimpguru.org/Tutorials/.

Http://www.rawtherapee.com/..

Comment #13

And if you're a Windoze user you can get an interface for Gimp that makes it look just like the others!!!..

Comment #14

I'm not sure but I thought reselling/repurchasing used proprietary software was a legal gray area. It's one of the reasons I prefer free (as in libre) software...

Comment #15

There's RAW Therapee, which some like, but I don't like it's colors. And Ufraw I've heard of. Personally, I use Bibble. If you don't need all the advanced features, you can get the light version for $70...

Comment #16

Mrxdimension wrote:.

I'm not sure but I thought reselling/repurchasing used proprietarysoftware was a legal gray area. It's one of the reasons I preferfree (as in libre) software..

Well, the US courts have recently ruled in favor of the "first sale" doctrine (your profile indicates you are from the US). See "Vernor v. AutoDesk" for more information. Here are some links to get you started:.

Http://madisonian.net/.../2008/05/28/reselling-software-legal-for-the-moment/http://www.out-law.com/page-9151http://williampatry.blogspot.com/...2008/05/first-sale-victory-in-vernor.htmlhttp://www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=2659.

Here is the copy of the decision, if you want to do some reading:http://www.citizen.org/documents/vernororder.pdf.

Here is a thread from this forum that discussed this previously:http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1000&message=28038860.

Note however, that the ruling was based precedent from "United States v. Wise." There have been 3 other cases ("Wall Data Inc. v. Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept," "MAI Sys. Corp. v.

Corp. v. Southeastern Express Co.") since Wise, and all of these other three have upheld software license restrictions. Expect something (not necessarily this case) to go to the US Supreme Court for them to decide...

Comment #17

Glitched wrote:.

There's RAW Therapee, which some like, but I don't like it's colors..

There are a number of ways of adjusting the various colour channels in RawTherapee........

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