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List and reviews of ree free media editing software.

 
Raster Graphics Editors
Locally Based
GIMP

Available on many platforms and agurably the most robost free alternative to Photoshop, GIMP has been a thriving image manipulation program since 1996. There may be a learning curve, but it's time well spent.

Official Site:
http://www.gimp.org/

Operating Systems:
GNU/Linux • Win • Mac OS X • FreeBSD • Solaris • AmigaOS 4 • & More

Learning GIMP:
http://docs.gimp.org/2.6/en/
http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/
http://www.ghuj.com/
http://gimp-tutorials.net/

Paint.NET

Mentored by Microsoft and first released in 2004, Paint.NET is now another powerful competitor that's a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. While the features are similar to GIMP, this program seems to be most intuitive for Windows users, but is available only for Windows users albiet in multiple languages.

Official Site:
http://www.getpaint.net/

Operating System:
Win


Artweaver
Seashore

Cloud Based

Sumo Paint

With layers, an array of filters and even 3D, the free version of this program is better than the paid of some other Cloud based graphics editors. The responsiveness and feature richness is highly impressive. If you like it enough, the paid version allows you to keep a local copy of the Sump Paint (no internet needed to use it). This little sample image below was made in about 5 minutes which isn't bad, considering the inexperience of the user.

Sumo Paint Test

Official Site:
http://www.sumopaint.com/home/

Learning Sumo Paint:
http://www.sumopaint.com/tutorials/

Picnick

This free web based graphics editor is especially good for photographers. Many of the presets and controls will be found useful for photographers. Navigation is a little less intuitive than some and there are less tutorials available to learn, but it's figured out after just a few minutes still. It's espcially good for those looking for easy effects to apply to a photo, yet offerrs more advanced tools for when you're ready.

Official Site:
http://www.picnik.com/

Learning Picnick:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bitnik/galleries/72157625....

Splashup

The high interoperability with Splashup and other media sites is a major highlight. Able to connect to Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, SmigMug, Photobucket and more you can pull your web images and save back. I stress "web images" because this software does not play well with high res images. It has basic editing features, does not take advantage of keyboard shortcuts and while working well, its filters are limited.

Splashup

To get the effect I got with this Spashup example, I used filters to make it Grayscale, then Enrich. At the size of the file, font would not show up, so I added the watermark in Photoshop.

Official site:
http://splashup.com/

Learning Splashup:
USCA.edu Student Page
YouTube Tutorials

Phoenix
Falcon
Photoshop Express


Vector Graphics Editors
Locally Based

Inkscape

Very similar to Adobe® Illustrator® in its wide range of features, this tool is really powerful.

Inkscape Sample

The photo above is an image created in Inkscape. You can click on it to view a larger version of it.

Official Site:
http://inkscape.org/

Operating Systems:
Linux • Mac • Win

Learning Inkscape:
http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Inkscape

Synfig
Artwork (KOffice)

Artwork is part of an Office Suite called "KOffice" which includes software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and vector graphics creation (Artwork).

While it's available on Windows and Mac OS X, it appears its focus is on Linux and FreeBSD.

Official Site:
http://www.koffice.org/artwork/

Operating Systems:
FreeBSD • Linux • Mac • Win

Browser Based
Raven


3d
Blender
Amabilis

 

 

Free Web Design Software
HAPEdit
KompoZer
Arachnophilia
SeaMonkey
Alleycode
NetBeans
Amaya
aptana
Komodo
 

 
Free Audio Editors
Audacity
orDrumbox

Web Based
Myna


 
Free Blogging Help
Tools
Windows Live Writer - Blogging software with familiar Microsoft user interface
FeedBurner - Provide, promote, and/or keep track of a subscription
pingoat - Update your blog "feed" all around the world with one click!

Hosts
Blogger
TypePad
Vox
LiveJournal
WordPress

 
Free Video Editors
Coming Soon *(Send in Suggestions to the email addy below!)*

 

 
Free Graphics Resources
by license type
Public Domain
Republic Domain
Public Domain Pictures.net
Old book illustrations
Clker
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Slippery Rock University
Yale University
GIMP Savvy
Department of Defense (DoD)

Mixed
Vector Junky
Photos8.com

Creative Commons

Notice: Even public domain image resources may have a few non-public domain images scattered in, so always check for a license.

 

 
Free Image,Video & Audio Hosting
Combined Printing Services
Photobucket Yes
Deviant Art Yes
ImageShack  
TinyPic Yes

 
Image Printing Services
snapfish Yes
pixagogo Yes

 
Video Printing Services
motionbox Yes
YouTube No

 

 
Extras
Windows Live Photo Gallery - Image Organizer
Google Picassa - Image Organizing
elzr Imagery - Cool Photo web search
FileZilla - FTP Solution
 

 
Must Have Extras
Browser Archive
- Test Cross-Browser Compatibility
Spider Simulator - See how search engines see your site (SEO)

 

 

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RepublicOfCode - Tutorials featuring Flash, but also touching on CSS, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), 3d programs like Maya & Cinema 4D and other Adobe software tutorials.

 
Cloud, or internet based software is a growing trend. It's becoming more powerful and even more attention by developers is being given to it. While it lacks features of locally based software, it's undeniable that its low system requirements are giving it headway in the rise of mobile computing.
Local software is software that is installed on your PC. This is a must have for anyone serious about image manipulation. As opposed to internet (cloud) based software, local software is typically more powerful, more responsive and requires no internet connection to work.
Every area (pixel) of image representation is predetermined. Automation of adding or removing pixels to change the size of this image usually leads to image quality loss, most noticably when the image size is increased.

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