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How do I Choose the Best Free Picture Editing Software?

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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 21 August 2017
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Finding the best free picture editing software can be much easier if you focus on a few important things. You should try to be safe in your searches, so avoid websites you have never heard of and stick to larger sites you know to be legitimate and trustworthy. As far as the software itself, look for a program that will have the tools you need, can work with the file types you need to use and save as, and can run on your computer. Free picture editing software can be fun to play with or use professionally, but you should be sure to find a program you can use without a great deal of frustration and hassle.

Picture editing software is a type of computer software used to edit photographs or other picture files. Free picture editing software is often available from a number of different websites and can be full version freeware available for use without purchasing a license or a free trial that gives you the chance to try out a product without buying it. Such free trials often have restrictions, however, so you may find it best to look for freeware rather than a trial. For either type of program, you should be sure it is compatible with the operating system (OS) you are running. You should not use hacked or illegal copies of programs, as doing so may incur legal consequences and potentially open your computer up to malware attack.

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One of the most important things you should consider about free picture editing software is that any type of free program you install is a prime means of delivery for someone looking to attack your computer. You should be sure to run a virus scan on any program before you install it, and try to only download programs from websites you trust. This is especially true of executable files that can potentially pass a virus scan only to have malware buried deep within the program.

Of practical concern regarding free picture editing software programs, you should look for ones that can handle the file types you need to work with. Most programs will be able to open, manipulate, and save as common types like JPEGs and bitmaps. More unusual file types, or those associated with specific programs, such as Targas and TIFFs, can be a bit more difficult, and you should look for free picture editing software that can deal with the types of files you are working with.

You should also look for a program that can actually do what it is you want to do with your pictures. Simple things like rotating, cropping, and even basic color correction may be available from a number of free picture editing software programs. More complicated tools such as filters, user-controlled contrast and color manipulation, and working with multiple layers may be unlikely in such programs. Reading user reviews and specifics for a program you are interested in can help you find the right one for your needs.

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