Mac freeware photo editing software FAQ: What free Mac photo editing software (Mac photo editing freeware) is available these days?
If you're looking for "freeware photo editing software", two great free Mac photo editing applications are Gimp and Picasa. I'll take a look at these two free Mac photo editing software applications in this short review, but as an added bonus, even though I say "Mac", both of these applications are available for Windows computers, and possibly Linux as well.
Gimp is a free image processing application, and I use it for at least 80% of my Mac photo editing needs. Because of its power, from time to time it can be a little cumbersome to use as a photo editor (overkill), but in general it's a great, free Mac photo editing application. The best thing about Gimp is that it can go as deep as you need to go, as it supports layers, and all sorts of effects. Many people refer to Gimp as a "free Photoshop" application -- it has that much power.
On the downside, with great power comes a learning curve, and so it may take a little while to learn how to use all the Gimp features. But, if you're willing to invest your time into learning Gimp, it will pay you back when you're able to do anything you want with images -- scale, crop, resize, rotate, add drop shadows, add all sorts of special effects, etc.
While Gimp is great because of all the power it brings to the table, I like Picasa as a free Mac photo editor because of its simplicity. Want to make a color image black and white? No problem. Want to scale or crop and image easily? No problem. Redeye reduction? Yep. Want to share your images on Picasaweb? Well, of course Picasa is built for that.
Once I learned how to control the Picasa directory scanning feature, I haven't had too many problems with it. That being said, I don't use it too often, but when I have used it for simple photo editing tasks, it has worked fine.
I'm sure there are other Mac freeware photo editing software tools available, but these are the two free photo editing applications I use most often. Here are links to these two free photo editing applications:
If you happen to be using a Mac, I've also written several tutorials about free Mac batch photo editing tasks that can be accomplished with the Mac Automator. These include:
If you have any other Mac freeware photo editing software tools you can recommend, just leave a note in the Comments section below, and I'll be glad to share it.