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The other Euro guy
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Can someone recommend some good, free, image editing software?

I am planning a little project which will involve taking pictures of a game in progress. I would like to edit the images afterwards by drawing arrows to show where pieces have moved.

I tried MS Paint but it will only allow arrows to be drawn at 90degree angles and I need a bit more flexibility than that. I tried drawing them freehand (with my mouse) and that proved to be rather frustrating.

Any help gratefully received!
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http://www.gimp.org
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GIMP if you want to draw: http://www.gimp.org/

If you want a crisp and clean look especially on symbols, writing and arrows, use Inkscape instead: http://inkscape.org/

You should read about pixel vs. vector data:
http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/design/pixel-vector-graphics-d...

I hope that helps.
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http://www.getpaint.net/

Paint.net is another option, comparable with GIMP. Either one will do what you want and more. Both titles are free, meaning both unrestricted and no-cost. GIMP is also unrestricted, but Paint.net is restricted.

One way to get arrows in arbitrary directions is to make a new layer just for a particular arrow. Draw on this layer a horizontal arrow of the size and shape you want, leaving the surrounding area transparent. Rotate just the arrow layer to the desired orientation with the transform tool. Use the move tool to drag the arrow layer up/down/left/right until the arrow points where you want it. Later you can merge layers together or flatten all of the layers into one.

[edit: corrected factual error about Paint.net license]
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Slounger wrote:
http://www.getpaint.net/

Paint.net is another free option, comparable with GIMP. Either one will do what you want and more. Both titles are free, meaning both unrestricted and no-cost.


While not important in this case, Paint.net is not free in the same way as Paint.net. It is not free as in speach, just free as in without cost.

In fact looking at paint.net's license they use free-software parts but refuse to share it themself. There is an important difference between without-cost and free (https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html.en).
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virre wrote:
While not important in this case, Paint.net is not free in the same way as Paint.net.


You probably mean:
Paint.net is not free in the same way as GIMP.
 
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virre wrote:
While not important in this case, Paint.net is not free in the same way

I was under the impression that the license was Free. Apparently I was mistaken. Thanks for the correction.
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Based on what you plan to do I'd recommend GIMP.
Inkscape might be good for designing e.g. fancy arrows, but if you'd just like to put an arrow on a photo I'd stick to GIMP.

Both have portable versions so you don't have to install anything to play.

 
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If you want something onliine, https://pixlr.com/ works well for me.
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4100xpb wrote:
If you want something onliine, https://pixlr.com/ works well for me.


Yep I use https://pixlr.com/ as well when I need something quick.
 
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If you only want to use the software for a short time Adobe offers all of their full programs for a 30 day trial. Photoshop and Illustrator are the best image editing software out there.

However, once you try out Photoshop you will hate "downgrading" to free programs like GIMP and pxlr. They just cant keep up but are great in their own right (and are actually free). YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
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You could also go online and possibly find an older version of Photoshop maybe on Ebay. Usually the dated stuff can be fairly cheap. I'm still using Photoshop elements 6.0 and it works fine for my needs and it's from way, way back (somewhere around 2008 or so). Up until then I was using Photoshop 3.0 and it was ridiculously outdated.
 
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Not free but if you ever need the power of photoshop you can now rent adobe products on a monthly basis. I'm not sure what the per month cost is off hand but for yearly contracts I think it's $20 a month.
 
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If you just want to add symbols, etc to an existing photo rather than editing the photo itself, this might be a good way to go:

http://inkscape.org

As I recall it has a fairly large selection of symbols that are resizable and all that...
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You can get the old PhotoShop CS2 for free at Adobe (legally!). You need to register an account with them, though:

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?pid=4485...
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DukeOfEarl wrote:
You can get the old PhotoShop CS2 for free at Adobe (legally!).

Actually, it's only legal if you already owned PhotoShop CS2 back when the activation servers for it still worked. Here's what the thing you agree to says when you click "I Agree":

Adobe wrote:
The serial numbers provided as a part of the download may only be used by customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products.
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If it is a free program, top 10 is as follows:

1. Gimp
2. Paint.NET
3. PhoXo
4. Funny Photo Maker
5. Photo Pos Pro
6. PhotoScape
7. IrfanView
8. PhotoFiltre
9. PixBuilder Studio
10. Chasys Draw IES
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One of the programs I use is Zoner Photo Studio: http://www.zoner.com/. There is a free version and the Pro version. I believe it works that you get the Pro version fro 30 days but then will have the regular version after that. The differences between the Pro version and the free are not very big.

I also use Lightzone: http://lightzoneproject.org/
 
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