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What is a free, downloadable, good image editor which is light enough to run on a netbook? Please include supported operating systems and key features.

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what os? –  fretje Aug 19 '09 at 9:36
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On the run? From the cops? Hope they catch you!!! =P Enjoy your trip. Sorry... Had too. it is a slow morning. –  Tony Aug 19 '09 at 11:50
    
netbooks are only good if you run Linux on them, so let's assume that he does that... –  Johan Aug 19 '09 at 12:39
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@Johan: Windows 7 runs just fine on a netbook. –  Tony Aug 21 '09 at 11:27
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GIMP

GIMP has multi platform support for Windows, Linux and Mac.

GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free software raster graphics editor. Primarily, GIMP is used as a tool for photo manipulations, such as resizing, editing, and cropping photos, combining multiple images, and converting between different image formats. GIMP can also be used to create basic animated images in the GIF format.

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will GIMP fit well in a netbook screen? Anyway give it a try, it's the best. –  Igoru Aug 20 '09 at 2:34
    
Any heavyweight image editor will tax a netbook's limited resources. GIMP on Windows is a little slower than GIMP on *nix. –  Broam Aug 8 '11 at 18:36
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Paint.NET

On Windows, Paint.NET is not bad.

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

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If you're on Linux, the answer must be here: Paint.NET equivalent for Linux?

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Beat me to it while I was looking up the URL. –  ChrisF Aug 19 '09 at 9:38
    
Post answer, Then look for URL, Edit Answer :) The only way to beat these guys :) –  Diago Aug 19 '09 at 9:39
    
I even had time to comment on the question :-D –  fretje Aug 19 '09 at 9:40
    
@Diago - I usually do that, but not this time :( –  ChrisF Aug 19 '09 at 9:40
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Artweaver Free

Artweaver Free is an alternative.

Artweaver Free is a freeware painting program which is suitable for beginners but also suitable for advanced users. You can record all your steps and replay them afterwards or provide them to other users. Also there are many tools and features like layers and effect filter in Artweaver Free.

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Photofiltre

How about Photofiltre. I use it on my MSI Wind.

PhotoFiltre is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it. It is simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning curve. The toolbar, giving you access to the standard filters with just a few clicks, gives PhotoFiltre a robust look.

If you don't want to install it, download the portable french version (zip file) and then download the english language pack and copy into the unzipped photofiltre folder.

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XnView

XnView is a small and fast picture viewer and has some Options to modify the pictures. (and it is possible to use as an portable Application)

XnView is a free software to view, organise, convert graphics and photos files or to create slide show, contact sheet, HTML pages.

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IrfanView

IrfanView is a very good one.

IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer. It is designed to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals.

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IrfanView isn't much of an image editor. Awesome image viewer and great for resizing and converting formats and stuff though. –  Svish Aug 19 '09 at 10:43
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Picasa

Picasa from Google for photos.

Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great.

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picasa is great. As he said about the trip, I think he wants to edit photos. Picasa works on windows or linux, and you can easily share your pics on the web. –  Igoru Aug 20 '09 at 2:35
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Photoscape

Photoscape is less complex than Gimp so may suit your purposes.

Photoscape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.

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one of my favorite free Photoshop alternatives is this Picture Editor which is free to use. It has almost the same set of functions as the Photoshop does and for me personally it is more than enough.

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