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Old 2009-01-09, 7:52am
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Hi,
I have Adobe CS2 on my desktop, and I just got a new laptop with Vista, so guess what? Yup, can't install CS2 on my laptop anymore.

I really can't buy a good photo-editing program for my laptop at the moment and I do little photo-editing on my laptop to justify such an expense.

As good as my laptop is, Sony Vaio-17" screen, there is NO photo-editing bundled with it!! My desktop, also a Vaio came with Photoshop Elements, this one, nothing?

Any chance there is a free photo-editing program out there that does simple things like re-size and contrast and balance, mostly?

Thank you!
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Old 2009-01-09, 8:16am
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Irfanview is a nice little program...http://www.irfanview.com/
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Old 2009-01-09, 8:39am
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Thank you! I'll take a look at it!
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Old 2009-01-10, 2:56am
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Gimp is another - pretty much will do most things Photoshop can do
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Old 2009-01-10, 8:09am
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Irfanview is a nice little program...http://www.irfanview.com/
I this program--it's small enough it will run off a memory card (seriously--my computer is running half off a 2GB memory card ) & easy enough that *I* can use it Loco told me about it & I'm eternally grateful!
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Old 2009-01-10, 9:14am
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I have used GIMP for years. It is the Open source answer to Photoshop. You can get the Windows installer at:

http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html

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Old 2009-01-10, 10:33am
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i use Picasa http://picasa.google.com. It has good basic editing and organizing features and is easy to use. To size for my blog or LE i just email the pics to myself from within the program and they are all automatically resized. works like a charm.
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GIMP rocks! It does everything I would want to do right now.
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Old 2009-01-13, 7:35pm
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GIMP definitely has the most features of any free image editing software out there. I also like Photofiltre http://photofiltre.free.fr/frames_en.htm.
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Old 2009-01-13, 7:37pm
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Thank you! I downloaded Gimp, I am so very impressed!

Perfect, thanks!
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Old 2009-01-17, 4:23pm
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Do any of these have a setting where you can tell it what is white?

I have photoshop, which cost me a fortune and I never use it because there is no way to set the white. Grr.
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Old 2009-01-17, 9:41pm
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GIMP does, and I am sure Photoshop does as well it would be in the Levels section. You should be able to set a white or black point and I think you could also set a grey card (18%) point as well if you use that.
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Old 2009-01-18, 7:37am
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Oops, I miss spoke. I have paint shop pro, not photoshop! I guess they sound the same? LOL.

I am glad that GIMP has the white setting, I will download that today and give it a try. Thank you for answering that.
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Old 2009-01-18, 7:45am
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Paint Shop Pro has it too...go to Adjust > Colour Balance > Manual Colour Correction
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Old 2009-01-18, 7:51am
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Paint Shop Pro has it too...go to Adjust > Colour Balance > Manual Colour Correction
That only adjusts the green red and blue. There isn't any white settings there. I have heard that the newest version has a white setting, but I don't have the newest one. I have 7 point something.
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Old 2009-01-18, 8:12am
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Ah sorry...I have version 8. GIMP will probably be your best bet...
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Old 2009-01-23, 12:10pm
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I have photoscape new, free, and a 5 star review in PC
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Irfranview is cool, but I like FastStone Image Viewer for its free features. Cheers!
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another vote for gimp... i've used photoshop from v2 up to the current one (at work) but i'll never buy it for myself - the gimp does the same stuff for free.
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