I spend a lot of time manipulating images on my computer, aside of academic work and listening to really loud music of all kinds. Every now and then, my constant obsession with browsing the web for newer tools to get a picture perfect effect has led to a huge collection of software dedicated to image manipulation. Here’s what I have to do almost everything with pictures…
- 3D Illustration: Blender and Wax 2.0 (strictly speaking, Wax 2.0 is a video compositing tool) Wax 1.01 comes with WinMorph (for regular 3D imaging), Google SketchUp (for architectural environments, OpenFX (for whatever I can’t achieve with the others) and Hugin (to stitch amazing panoramas)
- Colour Tools: ColourPic (for precision) and ColourCop (for the simplicity and that it can average colours into 5X5 sampling option)
- Scribus (Open Source and much much better than MS Publisher or the like) :
- EFX: Citra FX (not free) and Photo Filtre (free and brilliant)
- Albums: JAlbum (I like the templates) and Adobe PhotoShop Starter Edition (changes your default file associations after installations which is a pain, but it is excellent nevertheless)
- Image Comparer (not free) to get rid of duplicate images, accuracy is sometimes problematic, but oh well.
- Image Editors: Long list. Corel Snapfire (fast and easy), Adobe PhotoShop CS 3 (nothing beats PhotoShop), GIMP and GIMPShop (I love the interface), Image Badger (not free, but great for format conversions), Olympus Master and PIXELA (propriety digital camera software, risk free card XD card reading), Paint.Net (the best MS Paint replacement ever, supports layers!), Photo Pos Pro and Picasa (nothing better for the one second Sepia effect and its an amazing organizing tool as well)
- Render: Pov Ray and Art of Illusion both offer endless opportunities. Art of Illusion requires Java though.
- Open Clip Art Library (for all the clip art in the world)
- Drop Box Image Processor (not free, but the most amazing time saver for “performing iterative common image related tasks” ever)
- XNView to view images (much better interface than IrfanView, supports as many formats if not more and can completely remove all exif/metadata from digital camera photos to reduce them to up-loadable size)
- UMark Professional (not free) to watermark images. I’m told there are freeware alternatives, I find this fast and efficient though.
- ITag to work with metadata for images
- Poster Forge to create great looking posters with zero effort
- Screen Grab: Several including; CamStudio, ScreenShot Captor, Screen Grap Pro and Win Split Revolution (which has several other uses aside of just screen grabbing)
- Unicode Image Maker (If you do make images out of Unicode text ever, I do)
- InkScape for Vector Drawings
So far so good.