Thursday, April 9, 2009

Picnik and GIMP

I found two very useful tools that I wanted to share. Both are photo manipulation tools , along the lines of Photoshop, but have the advantage over Photoshop, in that they are free! 

My new-old iMac came with iPhoto, the standard package that Macintosh gives you when you purchase a computer. Like all comes-with software, it is barely adequate: I can crop a photo, or lighten/darken it, and that's about all. So I went in search of some better options. 

The first thing I found was GIMP, a free photo manipulation software to download. I wish I could personally vouch for GIMP, but I was not able to download it, because my version of Mac's operating system is too old. I've got 10.3.9, and I need 10.a million. Or something. But it sounds really cool, and it would be convenient to have to software. Convenient but not crucial, because the next thing I found was Picnik! Picnik is a website that allows you to upload photos, do your manipulation online, and then download them or export them to sites like Facebook and Flickr.

I was able to create the strip collages at the top of this post using the free version. I like it so much that I, the world's cheapest human, am considering upgrading to the pro version, which costs $25 a year. The downside of Picnik is that it loads and responds quite slowly, but that may be just my elderly computer, the one which was deemed too stupid to handle GIMP.  


Barbara said...

Good to know, since I am currently using the IPhoto that comes with my 10.3 Mac. Great strip!

klineola said...

Wow, I thought I was the only one out here that was still running 10.3.9!!! I'm beginning to see the end of available updates for my old eMac.

I currently use graphicsconverter. I've been using it for years! It's a great shareware that I can't wait to update when I get a new computer. For now it runs just fine with 10.3.9

Sue Pariseau Pottery said...

Love the collages - thanks for the tip.