Photo Software

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Malcolm Hoar, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. Malcolm Hoar

    Malcolm Hoar Guest

    I have a whole bunch of different photo editing programs.

    IrfanView and/or XnView do most of what I want. They're
    easy, super-fast and free. However, one thing they both
    lack is a clone-stamp or other healing tool for fixing
    minor blemishes whether they be dust bunnies, zits,
    scratches on scanned pics, or whatever.

    Is anyone aware of a plug-in that might work with IrfanView
    or XnView? Or even another small fast prorgam that will
    do the same kind of thing?

    It's frustrating having to fire up a monster program
    like Photoshop just to tidy up one small blemish.

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    Malcolm Hoar, Apr 22, 2007
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    frederick Guest

    Malcolm Hoar wrote:
    Or even another small fast prorgam that will
    > do the same kind of thing?
    >
    > It's frustrating having to fire up a monster program
    > like Photoshop just to tidy up one small blemish.
    >

    Photofiltre:
    http://photofiltre.free.fr/download_en.htm
     
    frederick, Apr 23, 2007
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  3. Malcolm Hoar

    Malcolm Hoar Guest

    In article <1177282896.194564@ftpsrv1>, frederick <> wrote:
    >Malcolm Hoar wrote:
    >Or even another small fast prorgam that will
    >> do the same kind of thing?
    >>
    >> It's frustrating having to fire up a monster program
    >> like Photoshop just to tidy up one small blemish.
    >>

    >Photofiltre:
    >http://photofiltre.free.fr/download_en.htm


    Thanks. I have that one and will play with it some
    more based on your vote. It doesn't appear to handle
    RAW formats directly (I need NEF) although it seems
    it might be able to use an XnView plugin for that.

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    | Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
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    Malcolm Hoar, Apr 23, 2007
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    sw2U Guest

    On Sun, 22 Apr 2007 20:34:34 GMT, (Malcolm Hoar)
    wrote:

    >I have a whole bunch of different photo editing programs.
    >
    >IrfanView and/or XnView do most of what I want. They're
    >easy, super-fast and free. However, one thing they both
    >lack is a clone-stamp or other healing tool for fixing
    >minor blemishes whether they be dust bunnies, zits,
    >scratches on scanned pics, or whatever.
    >
    >Is anyone aware of a plug-in that might work with IrfanView
    >or XnView? Or even another small fast prorgam that will
    >do the same kind of thing?


    <snip>

    You might give Paint.NET a try. I just downloaded it and have only
    spent limited time trying it out, but so far I am impressed. It's
    supported by an enthusiastic user community, some of whose members
    have come up with very useful plugins.

    Note that if you don't already have .NET 2.0 Framework, you will have
    to download and install it first. It's free and the Paint.NET site has
    a link to the download page.

    Paint.NET itself is free, but its creators do ask for a donation.

    Hope this is helpful
     
    sw2U, Apr 23, 2007
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  5. Malcolm Hoar

    Malcolm Hoar Guest

    In article <>, sw2U <> wrote:

    >You might give Paint.NET a try. I just downloaded it and have only
    >spent limited time trying it out, but so far I am impressed. It's
    >supported by an enthusiastic user community, some of whose members
    >have come up with very useful plugins.
    >
    >Note that if you don't already have .NET 2.0 Framework, you will have
    >to download and install it first. It's free and the Paint.NET site has
    >a link to the download page.
    >
    >Paint.NET itself is free, but its creators do ask for a donation.


    Yeah, it does sound seat but it requires XP or Vista and I'm
    not willing to upgrade my existing Win 2000 system. At least,
    not yet. Of course, that locks me out of Photoshop CS3 too.

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    | Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
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    Malcolm Hoar, Apr 23, 2007
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  6. Malcolm Hoar

    Steve King Guest

    (Malcolm Hoar) wrote:

    >Thanks. I have that one and will play with it some
    >more based on your vote. It doesn't appear to handle
    >RAW formats directly (I need NEF) although it seems
    >it might be able to use an XnView plugin for that.


    Helicon Filter handles nost raw files and offers a free version,
    http://www.helicon.com/

    Steve . . .
     
    Steve King, Apr 24, 2007
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  7. Malcolm Hoar

    Malcolm Hoar Guest

    In article <>, wrote:
    > (Malcolm Hoar) wrote:
    >
    >>Thanks. I have that one and will play with it some
    >>more based on your vote. It doesn't appear to handle
    >>RAW formats directly (I need NEF) although it seems
    >>it might be able to use an XnView plugin for that.

    >
    >Helicon Filter handles nost raw files and offers a free version,
    >http://www.helicon.com/


    Yes, I found that one. It's really very impressive
    based on a very quick evaluation. I'll definitely
    keep that one on my system. The interface is really
    nice.

    However, it doesn't have a clone/stamp/healing tool
    which was the need that started this little quest
    of mine. Nor do their "Pro" editions as far as I
    can tell. But it does seem to do a very good job
    of everything else and it was a great find!

    I have since found the Akvis Stamp tool. It does
    seem to work with both IrfanView and XnView.

    http://akvis.com/en/stamp/index.php

    Sadly, it doesn't do a very good job compared to
    Photoshop, in my opinion. I'm certainly not willing
    to pay $50 for it.

    However, it does demonstrate the feasability of
    building such a thing -- i.e. the IrfanView and
    XnView plugin interfaces have the functionality
    required to support an effective clone/stamp
    plugin. Hopefully, it's just a matter of time
    before someone produces a good tool at an
    attractive price.

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    |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
    | Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
    | Gary Player. |
    | http://www.malch.com/ Shpx gur PQN. |
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
     
    Malcolm Hoar, Apr 24, 2007
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  8. Malcolm Hoar

    Malcolm Hoar Guest

    In article <>, (Malcolm Hoar) wrote:

    >>Helicon Filter handles nost raw files and offers a free version,
    >>http://www.helicon.com/

    >
    >However, it doesn't have a clone/stamp/healing tool
    >which was the need that started this little quest
    >of mine. Nor do their "Pro" editions as far as I
    >can tell. But it does seem to do a very good job
    >of everything else and it was a great find!


    Duh. Correction: it *does* have a very nice clone stamp
    tool. I've looked at too many different programs in
    the past day or two.

    The Free version does have a couple of limitations
    that are important to me (batch processing and the
    ability to save files in a high quality format such
    as TIFF).

    I might spring for the home version ($20/year).

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    |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
    | Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
    | Gary Player. |
    | http://www.malch.com/ Shpx gur PQN. |
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
     
    Malcolm Hoar, Apr 24, 2007
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