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Sunday, September 24, 2017    
Free Software
 
Google Picasa

I highly recommend this software to people looking to organize their photos or do very basic editing to images. This software is NOT a replacement for Adobe Photoshop (or similar), but for tasks that include cropping, brightness and contrast adjustments, and basic filtering, it does a great job.  It can also export your images to a webpage or upload images to Google's image service.

Many people are unaware that a JPEG loses image quality each time it is saved after edits are made.  The philosophy of Picasa is to make changes to your photos without making changes to your photos (intentional contradiction).  How does it do this?  It keeps backups of all originals, stores all edits in a file, and then applies these changes to a new copy of your image when you save. 

 


 
Polaroid Dust & Scratch Removal

Once you understand how this program works, it is very effective at removing dust and scratches.  Basically, you tell the program where the dust is and it fixes it.  I don't recommend the automatic dust and scratch detection as it is a little too aggressive for my tastes.  This software is no longer supported by Polaroid, but you can download it from an archived version of the page.


 
 
Google Picasa

I highly recommend this software to people looking to organize their photos or do very basic editing to images. This software is NOT a replacement for Adobe Photoshop (or similar), but for tasks that include cropping, brightness and contrast adjustments, and basic filtering, it does a great job.  It can also export your images to a webpage or upload images to Google's image service.

Many people are unaware that a JPEG loses image quality each time it is saved after edits are made.  The philosophy of Picasa is to make changes to your photos without making changes to your photos (intentional contradiction).  How does it do this?  It keeps backups of all originals, stores all edits in a file, and then applies these changes to a new copy of your image when you save. 

 


 
Polaroid Dust & Scratch Removal

Once you understand how this program works, it is very effective at removing dust and scratches.  Basically, you tell the program where the dust is and it fixes it.  I don't recommend the automatic dust and scratch detection as it is a little too aggressive for my tastes.  This software is no longer supported by Polaroid, but you can download it from an archived version of the page.


 
"Unfree" Software
 
Adobe Photoshop LE

Adobe Photoshop LE provides flexibility and powerful tools for those who feel constrained by free software or the editor that came with your camera.  If you are a particularly demanding photographer or work with a large number of photographs, then you may want to consider the full version of Photoshop that can be purchased separately, or as part of Creative Suite.


 
Helicon Focus

Helicon Focus is a powerful software tool that allows you to combine multiple images together to increase depth of field.  Unlike most software, this tool will do an okay job using its default settings in Automatic mode.  However, I recommend using the retouching tools to get the most out of Helicon Focus.


 
 
Adobe Photoshop LE

Adobe Photoshop LE provides flexibility and powerful tools for those who feel constrained by free software or the editor that came with your camera.  If you are a particularly demanding photographer or work with a large number of photographs, then you may want to consider the full version of Photoshop that can be purchased separately, or as part of Creative Suite.


 
Helicon Focus

Helicon Focus is a powerful software tool that allows you to combine multiple images together to increase depth of field.  Unlike most software, this tool will do an okay job using its default settings in Automatic mode.  However, I recommend using the retouching tools to get the most out of Helicon Focus.


 
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