You want to make your digital photos look their best, but you don't want to pay for the software that can make it happen? Breathe easy: There's an abundance of free productsboth installed software and Web-basedthat can do a surprising amount of photo editing and even enhancement without costing you a penny. Of course, you can't expect all the power and finesse of Adobe Photoshop CC, but you'll still be able to make your pictures to look good, along with easy and inviting way to share them with friends and family.
Here are the issues you need to look for when deciding: How easily does the photo editor let you transfer pictures from your digital camera to your computer? How effective and simple are its tools for editing your photos so that they'll look their best? And how easy does it make sharing photos online?
It's gotten easier than ever to transfer pictures from your digital camera's media card. When you connect the USB cable or insert the card into a media slot, these programs will start up, let you batch-name and upload all the new imagesand even digital movies, since pretty much every point-and-shooter now includes video-recording capability. One of the programs, Picasa 3.9, makes working with scanners, webcams, and screen captures simpler, too.