Tag Archive for Image Editing

Top 3 Free Vector Graphics Editors That Are Open Source

Vector Graphics Editors allow users to interactively edit and compose Vector Graphics (primitives such as lines, points, curves etc forming the whole image). Vector Graphics Editors are best suited for creating Logos, Page Layout, Graphic Design, Illustrations like ClipArts etc, Where as Bitmap Editors (like GIMP or Adobe Photoshop) are more suited for Image Processing. Adjacent picture is taken from Wikipedia article on Vector Editors. A fine example that shows Bitmap Graphics are based on pixels and degrade as the Zoom factor increases where as Vector Graphics is not affected.image

Most well known commercial Vector Graphics Editors are Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW and Xara Extreme (Except Linux version). They are very capable but expensive too. But, the Open Source community is not far behind. There are very good Free and Open Source Vector Graphics Editors and Here we list 3 of them.

Inkscape (For Linux, Mac OS and Windows)

  • Inkscape is an Open Source Vector Graphics Editor using SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) file format. Comparable to CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator and Xara Extreme.
  • Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and with a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more in Inkscape. There is an active user and developer community that is open, community-oriented development.


Xara Extreme (For Linux)

Xara Xtreme for Linux is a powerful, general purpose graphics program for Unix platforms including Linux, FreeBSD and (in development) OS-X. It is however not free on Windows Platform.

  • Is very fast, very slick to use.
  • Offers some of the most powerful graphics tools available.
  • Is simple to use and learn.
  • Has a clean, un-cluttered user interface. Few floating dialogs, palettes, menus etc.
  • Has a huge resource of learning material, tutorials, movies, tips and a very active enthusiastic and growing user community.


Skencil (For Unix Like and Mac OS)

Skencil is a Free Software interactive vector drawing appliction. Known to run on GNU/Linux and other UNIX-compatible systems, it is a flexible and powerful tool for illustrations, diagrams and other purposes.

It is developed using Python and very powerful with following features.

  • Bézier Curves
  • Transformed text and images
  • Bézier curves, rectangles and ellipses can be used as guides
  • Gradient fills
  • Blend groups
  • Writes EPS files
  • Text along a path


There are other Open Source Vector Graphics Editors like OpenOffice Draw, Scribus, Karbon14, SK1 etc. They are also worth exploring.

Which one do you like? Do you agree with us? Please comment.

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25 Alternatives to ACDSee Photo Manager

Well, ACDSee has been around for a long time and it is one of the best Image Viewer and Organizer. ACDSee does support more features but primarily its lightning fast thumbnail generation has been its advantage. However, there are couple of alternatives who are similar to ACDSee and offer good set of features and mostly available for free!

Here is a list of 25 Image Viewers, Editors and Organizers who can be compared with ACDSee. Most of them are free and if you want to use them for commercial purposes, Please do understand their licenses and agreements. Some of them do require license for commercial usage. Home users need not bother much!


1. Picasa (for Windows, Linux and Mac OS/Freeware)

Picasa is an Image Viewer and Organizer from Google. It lets you easily find photos on your computer, tag them, edit them as well as easily share them with your friends online with PicasaWeb. Picasa can create movies, slideshows out of your photo collections with various transitions. Its photo editor is very easy to use and easily lets you enhance your photos, can remove scratches, red eye, apply filters and more. Picasa is quite popular and our choice too.


2. IrfanView (for Windows/Freeware)


IrfanView is an absolute wonder with its quickness. A very light weight Image viewer and Organizer. It can load images lightning fast and comes with a capable image editing features. It supports a lot of filters and plugins that can do wonders for your photos. Very popular with more than 1 million downloads every month.

3. iPhoto (for Mac OS/Proprietary)

iPhoto makes managing your photos as easy as taking them. It helps you organize your photos so you can find them fast. Edit them so they look their best. And share them with your friends and family. iPhoto is exclusively for their Mac OS X operating system. (Note: We had initially listed Aperture from Apple here, However, based on a comment, we changed it to iPhoto which is more of a Photo Organizer)


4. XNView (for Windows, Linux, Mac OS and many more/Freeware)

XNView is a utility to view and convert graphics files. It supports more than 400 types of graphics files and is cross platform utility. It is free for non commercial use. XNView is also available for Windows Pocket PC (windows mobile devises). XNView supports filters, lenses, comparing images and many more.

xnview picture viewer

5. F-Spot (for GNOME Desktop/Free and Open Source)

F-spot is a fully featured open source Photo Management software for Linux. It has a very easy to use user interface, thumbnail explorer, photo editor etc. Using F-Spot you will be easily create photo CDs, upload images to Flickr, Picasa etc.

F-spot screenshot 

6. FastStone (for Windows/Freeware)

FastStone is an image Viewer, browser, converter and editor. It has a nice set of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments and more.


7. ThumbsPlus (for Windows/Commercial)

ThumbsPlus is a commercial Photo Organizer and Editor. It supports Image comparison, filters, color management, borders and many more. ThumbsPlus is not Free but has lots of features to justify the cost.


8 Windows Live Photo Gallery (for Windows/Freeware)

Windows Live Photo Gallery is part of Windows Live Site. It is very easy to acquire images from your camera, organize them on your local drive and uploading it to Windows Live Storage.


9. Cornice (for Windows, Linux and Mac OS/Free and Open Source)

Cornice is a cross platform open source Image Viewer written by a hobbyist Alberto Griggio (agriggio (at) users.sourceforge.net). It is very nice photo management software and works on Windows, Linux as well as Mac OS.

Cornice picture viewer

10. Photoscape (for Windows/Freeware)

Photoscape is the fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. It supports image editing features like resizing, brightness and color adjustment, white balance, backlight correction, frames, balloons, mosaic mode, adding text, drawing pictures, cropping, filters, red eye removal, blooming. Besides image editing it lets you organize your images, convert them into other image formats and many more.


11 Photology (for Windows/Freeware)

Photology helps you navigate the flood of digital photos on your computer by finding photos using simple and intuitive filters like faces, sky, color, location, and time of day. Its easy, fast and fun to manage your photos.


12 digiKam (for Linux, Windows and MAC OS/Free and Open Source)

A competent Open Source Photo Organizer for Linux. Lets you upload photos to Picasa, SmugMug etc, Slideshow support and more.


13 GTHUMB (for GNOME/Free and open Source)

gThumb is an image viewer and browser for the GNOME Desktop. It has Image editor and support to create Photo CDs and DVDs. It can create Web albums, find duplicate images and more.

gthumb picture viewer 

14 Gwenview (for Linux/Free and Open Source)

Gwenview is a fast and easy to use image viewer, editor and organizer for KDE.


15 BlueMarine (for Windows, Linux and Mac OS/Free and Open Source)

BlueMarine is an open source application for the digital photo workflow, the blueMarine project will provide you an all-in-one tool for managing your photos, from the shoot up to the archiving and beyond. blueMarine is an expandable, open platform and includes specific support for different photographers communities, as well as the latest technologies.


16 Lphoto (for Linux/Free and Open Source)

Lphoto is  an open source Photo Organizer, Editor for GNU/Linux. Supports Red Eye removal, Web album/HTML album creation, color enhancements, filters and more.

Lphoto picture viewer

17 Xee Image Browser (for Mac OS/Free and Open Source)

Xee V2.0 is a simple, lightweight Image Viewer and Browser. It can open any files that QuickTime or Preview opens, full screen view, slideshows, EXIF info and much more.


18 Pictomio (for Windows/Freeware)

Pictomio is a software application intended for managing, categorizing, searching, and archiving photos as well as geotagging photos and videos that also allows you to generate animated 2D and 3D slideshows.


19 Photoimpact (for Windows/Commercial)

Photoimpact is a Corel product that lets you easily create photo projects, organizing and editing your photos. Whether you’re a beginner or it’s your hobby, PhotoImpact X3 will help you create professional-looking graphics for slide shows, videos, DVDs and more.


20 WildBit (for Windows/Freeware)

WildBit Viewer is compact and fast Image Viewer with slide show support and image editor. Simple user interface with faster thumbnail creation, fast image loading features. Supports all common graphics files, image comparison and many more.


21 VirtualStudio (for Windows/Freeware)

virtualStudio is a stand-alone, full-featured photo editor that can run virtualPhotographer and other plug-in filters. You can quickly and easily retouch and enhance your photos like a professional, using the power of plug-ins. virtualStudio includes all the features you’d expect to find in high quality editing software, and even comes with a selection of picture frames and the ability to add a title and copyright information.


22 ShowImg (for Linux/Free and Open Source)

ShowImg is a feature-rich image viewer for KDE including an image management system. It is highly configurable and supports numerous image formats.


23 GQView (for Linux and Windows/Free and Open Source)

GQview is an image viewer for Unix operating systems (developed on Linux). It’s key features include single click file viewing, external editor support, thumbnail preview, and zoom features. Some image management features are also included.


24 KuickShow (for Linux/Free and Open Source)

KuickShow is an image browser/viewer with a nice filebrowser to select images to be shown, slideshow support and the ability to display the following image formats: jpg, gif, tiff, png, bmp, psd, xpm, xbm, pbm and eim. Images can be displayed either in their own window, as large as the image, or fullscreen (which shrinks images too large to display). KuickShow also has a slideshow mode.


25 Imagv (for Windows, Linux, Mac OS/Free and Open Source)

Imgv is a unique and feature rich Image Viewer. It is released as free software with full source code. Imgv is portable and can run on Windows, Linux, BSD, OSX, and other operating systems. Features include a GUI that doesn’t get in the way of viewing your images, a file browser, slideshows, zooming, rotating, on-the-fly Exif viewing, histograms, fullscreen support, wallpaper setting, the ability to view 4 images on the screen at once, adjustable thumbnail sizes, playlists, view and download images from Web sites, movie playing, file searching/filtering, multiple directory loading, transitional effects, image hiding and more.


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Photo Hosting, Sharing and Fancy Transitioned Slideshows!

PictureTrail lets you create fancy Photo Flicks, Photo Sharing, Image Hosting online. It really has some of the best transitions that you could use them to spice up your photo slide show. It is extremely simple to use. Create an account at PictureTrail, select transition style and theme, upload photos and it will do the rest. You can easily share you slideshow/flicks with anyone on any web page.





A complete Flick with pictures and transitions look awesome!


PictureTrail offers ton of templates and customizations that are really nice.


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Flicks can have jazzy transitions!


On the whole PictureTrail service makes it perfect for you to share you unique photo Flicks online with your friends and family. It offers a ton features,

  • Customizable Photo Flick creation
  • Photo sharing
  • Image hosting
  • Print ordering
  • Member Profiles
  • Photo Editor/Uploader
  • Musical slideshows
  • Album covers and many more

20 Impressive Photoshop Photo Editing Tutorials

The various tutorials listed below demonstrates how one can pickup an amateur photo and make it look like a pro by using Photoshop image editing tools.

1. Creating a Touching Story Scene

In this tutorial, you are going to create a story scene using photo manipulation and a lot of color adjustments.


2. Creating or enhancing an explosion effect

This tutorial teaches you how to create and enhance a massive explosion in a photo.


3. Photo Cutout

This tutorial teaches you to create fun cutout effect that makes the subject look like it’s coming in or out of a printed photo


4. Beautiful Underwater Scene

This tutorial shows you how to create magical underwater scene. It uses the source image of Victoria Tulips contest to create this effect and the rest is done using filters, blending options, masking and some basic photo shop tools.


5. Ocean Girl

The tutorial creates an ocean girl by using various images and manipulating them into one.


6. Adding dramatic, gritty, bronzed effect

In this tutorial shows how to add a dramatic, gritty, bronzed effect to your images


7. Create cool neon effects

This tutorial shows you how to use warping, layer masks and simple colour tweaking for a high-tech look that’s out of this world


8. Light In The Forest Photo Effect

This tutorial shows how to modify the pictures and add some artistic effects.


9. Creating a flaming photo manipulation

This tutorial shows how to create a flaming photo manipulation.


10. Create silky smooth waterfall

This tutorial shows how to give waterfalls a silky smooth appearance, as if the photo was taken with a longer exposure.


11. Create dynamic distortion effects

This tutorial shows how to make striking, dynamic distortions of subjects.


12. Create Scan Lines

This tutorial shows how to add TV style scan lines to your images


13. Lightning from hand

The tutorial shows how to add lightning to a photo.


14. Using Ink Drops in Your Digital Composition

This tutorial demonstrates techniques to creatively work ink drops into your compositions.


15. Adding Reflections to Sun Glasses

In this tutorial, you will learn how to add reflections, or at least, different reflections, to sunglasses.


16. Creating a Cyborgenic Leopard

The tutorial shows how to turn a leopard into a Cyborgenic.


17. Blend Techniques With Selective Color Layers

The tutorial demonstrates how to use blend techniques with selective color layers


18. Water Color Effect

The tutorial shows how to add water color effect to a photo.


19. Alien Skin

This tutorial attempts to create an alien skin effect, using a combination of brushes, dodging techniques and various textures.


20. Transform a person into an alien

The tutorial is written to show how to create a very cool looking alien.



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