1. Splash up – a photo editor and photo manager.
2. Inkscape – an open source vector graphics editor.
3. Paint.net – Windows only free photo editor.
4. iPhoto11 – Basic photo editing, organizing and sharing for Macs.
5. Acdsee Pro 6 – low-cost Windows only photo editing.
6. Sumpopaint – web-based photo editing.
7. Paintshop Pro X5 Ultimate – Windows photo editing/effects
8. Seashore – – Open source photo editor for Mac
9. Photo Plus Starter Edition – Free photo editor
10. Picasa – organize, edit and share your photos for free
11. DXO Optics Pro – custom photo effects
12. Aperture – Apple’s pro-level photo editor/organizer
13. Adobe Lightroom 4.4 – edit and organize your photos
14. Gimp – Free, open source, GNU image manipulation program.
15. Editor by Pixlr - free online image editor
16. Pixelmator - Mac photo editor
17. Acdsee Photo Editor - Windows photo editor
18. Capture One Pro 7 - raw converter and photo management software
19. Photoshop Elements 11 – stripped down version of Photoshop with the features 99% of amateur photographers need
20. Acorn – Mac photo editor with curves, layers, filters
21. Sketch – Mac vector graphics app
22. Pixia – Windows-only free photo editor from Japan with English versions. Supports layers, masks, and some basic tools of Photoshop.
23. Xtreme - UNIX photo editor.
24. Darktable - open source photography workflow application and RAW developer
25. Picture Window Pro – Older (but still supported) photo editing application with some of the features of Photoshop
26. Photoline – cross-platform, German made Photoshop clone
27. Thumbs Plus – Windows photo editing
28. ACDSEE for Mac – Mac version of ACDSEE photo editing
I am sure I missed something. These programs do some or most of the same things you can do with Photoshop. Many of them open/edit PSD or DNG files. Almost all open Jpeg or Tiff files. The notion that you would ever be left high and dry if you stopped using Photoshop is hereby proven bunk. If you don’t want to pay Adobe for CC or if you can’t afford to pay Adobe for CC you have lots of other choices. In my opinion, the best alternative then is to use Lightroom with Photoshop Elements. This gives most photographers all the editing and organizing they will ever need. Ultimately, Photoshop is king of the hill and will be tough to replace, but it is possible to get close.
7 Good Resources for Art Teachers and Students
I was recently contacted by a reader who wanted to know what I had in my archives for art lessons and digital art galleries that students can access. While this isn’t every visual art resource in my archive, these are seven of my personal favorites.
The Art Project powered by Google features interior tours of seventeen world famous art museums. Select a museum from the list on the homepage and you can virtually tour it using the same interface style you experience in Google Maps Streetview. Inside the museum just double click to zoom to a location. You can also open a floor plan overview and click on a room to navigate to that part of the museum. The best part of the Art Project powered by Google is the option to create your own artwork collection while visiting each museum. As you’re touring a museum click on the “+” symbol on any work of art see it in greater detail, to add it to your collection, and to open background information about that work of art. To create a collection you must be signed into your Google account.
Smarthistory is a free online alternative to expensive art history textbooks. Smarthistory was developed by art history professors Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker.Smarthistory features more than just images of notable works of art. Videos lessons, VoiceThread lessons, and audio lessons about eras and themes in art history are what makeSmarthistory a valuable resource. Students can browse all of the resources of Smarthistory by artist name, style of work, theme, or time period. Smarthistory is now partnered with Khan Academy to deliver lessons.
Picturing America is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Picturing America is an interactive gallery of artwork related to events, people, and themes in American history. You can browse the gallery chronologically or by theme. Click on any image in the gallery to learn about the artist and the artwork itself. Along with the background information for each image, Picturing America provides links to additional resources for learning about the artwork and artists.
The World Digital Library hosts nearly 5,000 primary documents and images from collections around the world. Sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the mission of the World Digital Library is to promote the study and understanding of cultures. The WDL can be searched by date, era, country, continent, topic, and type of resource. In my search of the WDL I noticed that roughly half of the resources are historical maps and images. The WDL aims to be accessible to as many people as possible by providing search tools and content descriptions in seven languages. The WDL can also be searched by clicking through the map on the homepage.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a great collection of multimedia, interactive features about art and artists. In these features you can learn about styles of art, specific works, and the artists. There is a mix of videos and slideshows contained in the interactive archive. The archive contains features about Picasso and Pollock as well as artists whose works aren’t quite as famous.
Art Babble is a video website designed and maintained by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The purpose of Art Babble is to provide a place for people to learn about the creation of art, artists, and collections through quality video productions. Visitors to Art Babble will find videos related to many forms of and formats for art. Browse the video channels and you’ll find videos covering a wide array of topics including abstract art, European Art and Design, African Art, graphic design, glass, sculpture, surrealism, and much more.
MOOM, the Museum of Online Museums, is a list of museums that offer online exhibitions. In some cases the museums include virtual tours and in other cases the museums online exhibits are simple photo galleries. Some of the notable museums featured in the Museum of Online Museums include the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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After a long wait… Hope it will be here soon to test.