Photo enhancement software

How many of you enhance your photos before posting them?  On occasion, I will brighten a photo, or tweak the contrast a bit, but typically that’s about as far as I go.  Awhile back I got a photo enhancement program.  Much of it seems pretty complex, but I’ve been playing around with some of the very basic features. 


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This photo of our Silkie chick is untouched. 


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This is the same photo but I brightened it.  I also adjusted the color and contrast.  Notice what a difference there is?


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Here is the same photo but I used the pencil feature on it.

What do you think about photo enhancing programs?   Are you thankful for them?  Or, do you curse them? 

7 thoughts on “Photo enhancement software

  1. I wish I can figure out photoshop but it’s not happening anytime soon.

    I did use a very old Microsoft program that was easy to use and had a lot of features. Alas, the program was discontinued and now it’s not compatible with the new windows 7.

    I’m using picasa which is easy for cropping and resizing with a few fun add ons. It is simple to use but limiting.


  2. GIMP and Paint.NET are the photo programs I use. They are both free and once you get used to them, you can get photos looking pretty good really quickly. I too usually only use them for contrast/brightness and sometimes to add a little saturation. They are also great for removing dust or spots that you don’t want in an otherwise great photo 🙂

  3. I love them, I use Photoshop and Illustrator. I use them at work so I had to have them at home. I always use the software to clean up my pics a bit. Nothing fancy but just clean out the icky stuff my boring point and shoot does.


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