Photo Software

I am looking to purchase a SIMPLE (and hopefully inexpensive) photo editing software program for my Windows 8 64-bit computer.  I used Microsoft Digital Image for many years, but it's no longer made or supported.  I've tried many other similar programs, and none are as simple and intuitive for the basic photo editing chores (e.g. adjusting exposure, adding text, cropping, rotating, printing, etc.).  I purchased Adobe Photoshop, but that's WAY too complicated.  What would you suggest?


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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Have you tried Photoshop Elements? It's less powerful, but way less complicated than Photoshop.

Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Also, IrfanView ( ) has basic editing functions (adjusting exposure, adding text, cropping, rotating, printing) and it's free.

Paint.Net, simple as you like, but powerful if needed. Also free.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
I purchased Adobe Photoshop
. This is quite an investment and you should not waste it. Photoshop is as simple to use as ANY other photo editing program for basic operations. It does however look much more complicated as it has many more options and advanced features. It's so packed with features, it  scares off a lot of people. There is still a lot I don't know in photoshop and I only use a third of it's feature and controls. It's a bit like the cockpit in a jet .... You can be blinded and dazzled by the hundreds of controls but can safely ignore 90% of them most of the time.

To Crop, adjust brightness, contrast, hue, rotation/flipping etc just open the image in photoshop, then ....
click on "image" in the top menu bar ..... everything is there (select "adjustments" for brightness, contrast etc) .....
To add text, click on the T on the toolbar on the left.

You should be doing basic editing after no more than 15 minutes learning. ..... and I really mean that ..... 15 minutes.

Use Google & Youtube for photoshop tutorials ..... e.g. search for .. how to adjust contrast in photoshop CS6

What version photoshop have you purchased?

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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
For simple - no need to buy anything as there are some decent online photo editing tools.

For free software there is but it is not as "pretty" to use as photoshop but the function are the same.  Photoshop elements was suggested and that is going to be all you need.
EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
Keyboard shortcut are worth noting in photoshop as they make life very easy.
e.g. To resize a photo press  Alt Gr + I
(The Alt Gr key is just to the right of the spacebar)
Try your Microsoft Office Picture manager
just click on Edit
If you are using Microsoft Office 2013, you might have noticed that it doesn't come with "Microsoft Office Picture Manager" program.
Picture Manager was an excellent and small program included in Office suite which used to help users in viewing, editing and managing pictures quickly and easily.
It also used to provide a few advanced image editing features such as crop, auto correct, rotate, flip, red-eye removal, resize, etc.
Workaround here to get it back.
Otherwise older versions of Office still have it
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philsimmonsAuthor Commented:
Thank you!
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