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These days we are all swamped in digital images. Our camera and smartphone grab these pictures and they are stored on our computers and, hopefully, backed up somewhere safe because these little vignettes can be irreplaceable. In fact, I recommend at least two backups — one local on a home server or external drive and one off-site in someplace like CrashPlan (my choice) or Carbonite.

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A few years back I needed to edit some images and went out looking for an image editor that could do everything I needed, and most importantly, it had to be free as I was a poor freelancer! I downloaded a few and dived in to see how easy it was to complete a few general tasks like rotating images, adding layers, changing colours and re-sizing images for use on the web. It goes without saying that this is standard fare for image editors, but some do it in a better way than others. To my mind Paint.Net is one of those that does it in a way that is easy to pick up and yet still affords all of the power of the expensive apps.

Paint.Net was originally intended as a free replacement for Microsoft Paint that comes with Windows. It started life as a development project for some undergraduate developers, mentored by Microsoft. According to the site it is still maintained by a number of the alumni that originally worked on the project. Read on to see if this powerful yet simple application is for you.

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GIMP is one of the most popular alternatives to Adobe Photoshop that fits in everyone’s budget — free. For those of us who can’t afford or don’t like Photoshop, GIMP is a nice, feature laden photo editor and image manipulation application.

The name stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program and is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Let’s see how this free image editor stacks up against Adobe Photoshop.

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway last week, and special thanks to the kind people at SoftColor. I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

subvertinc
adamg511
Naks
realtoughcookie
coreyschram
krisu
fahdmurtaza
laurentzziu
phz
jeremybise

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

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