Free photo editing tools

What do you need to do with photos? Most photo editing programs will be able to do the basics, such as zoom, crop, resize files, change contrast and brightness, save files into different formats, and fix red eyes. Each of these programs has an entirely different look and feel. I'd try GIMP first, myself, since GIMP is implemented on many different platforms and is opensource.

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Lossy and Lossless Images

Whenever you work with a picture, it's best to work with a copy of the original. Every time you save a jpg image, you lose quality; if you save a jpg repeatedly, your picture can look mighty bad pretty quickly.

JPG is a lossy format. "Lossy" means "it loses." Here's a picture of my Guide Dog Puppy, Galaxy. This is a copy of the original image.

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