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I want the software which is lightweight.

Where can I add some text, mark some areas and cut some portion to save as a new photo?

I have Photoshop, but that's too heavy to do a small job like this.

OS: Windows

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some text, mark some areas and cut some portion to save as a new photo?

Fotografix and PhotoFiltre are two excellent lightweight image editors, certainly capable of that.

Both programs are freeware and portable.

Edit: here are some PhotoFiltre Toolbars. From left to right: Selection tools, Paintbrush tools, Advanced Paintbrush tools.

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photofiltre is good but i can't drag the photos into it and other thing is if iwant to mark the particular thing on photo i can't seen to fina brush to mark things –  Mirage Dec 17 '09 at 3:49
    
well, i can drag photos from explorer into PhotoFiltre, no problem. the selection tool is enabled by default (the mouse pointer icon in the right hand toolbar), there are also a variety of other selection tools: ellipse, triangle, various rectangles and a 'lasso' –  Molly7244 Dec 17 '09 at 3:58
    
added a screenshots with the various toolbars. –  Molly7244 Dec 17 '09 at 4:15
    
wow that is excellent , i missed the right toolbar i was looking at top only. this is really good. Molly the winner –  Mirage Dec 17 '09 at 5:26
    
+1 For <1M download footprint. –  amphetamachine Aug 31 '11 at 8:58

Use Paint.NET.

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Try again Molly :P –  John T Dec 17 '09 at 3:35
    
(swear filter) :D –  Molly7244 Dec 17 '09 at 3:47
    
Can't imagine why they're using frames. –  hyperslug Dec 17 '09 at 3:50
    
+1 Paint.NET is a fave of mine. –  Al E. Dec 17 '09 at 3:54
    
Another nice thing about Paint.net is that it doesn't come with every graphics effect or feature out there, just the basics. You add them as/if needed, one example I can think of is a gradient tool. –  Bratch Dec 17 '09 at 19:00

IrfanView is not only an image viewer, but it also has simple editing capabilities. It is extremely lightweight (1.3MB download).

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IrfanView is freeware.

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Actually i use irfan view currently. can i add text in photos –  Mirage Dec 17 '09 at 3:24
    
Yes, draw a shape anywhere on the image with the mouse, then under the Edit option in the menu bar, click Insert text into selection. –  John T Dec 17 '09 at 3:28
    
can i move text after writing text –  Mirage Dec 17 '09 at 3:53
    
You can move a selection yes –  John T Dec 17 '09 at 4:08

It's open source, and high quality: Paint.NET, seems to work with all versions of Windows I've ever worked with. It depends on the .NET Framework:

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. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

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this has already been recommended, you should upvote the existing answer if you wish to second it, rather than posting the same answer again. –  Molly7244 Dec 17 '09 at 3:36
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Hey, we need one with the correct links :P –  John T Dec 17 '09 at 3:41
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well, if a link is incorrect, or if you have more information you wish to contribute, then you may leave a comment, like John did. :P –  Molly7244 Dec 17 '09 at 3:50
    
hehe, what's wrong with my link? i actually have gimp too, but the loading time is just like win startup, thus i use most of the editing on paint.net and only vy vy vy vy vy heavy stuff on gimp. –  melaos Dec 17 '09 at 5:34

Faststone Maxview is the fastest draw around [sorry for the pun]. Can do what you ask and is very easy to use. Shareware, available as portable.

Their image viewer is freeware, and seems able to do most of what you might want but I've not used it for a while.

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I have photoshop but thats too heavy to do samll job like this

When I don't want to open up Photoshop I have two alternate image editors that I like to use:

  • The first is IrfanView as mentioned by John T above. I tend to use this for cropping and highlighting elements in screen shots. It's super lightweight and easy to use.

  • The second is called Artweaver. If you are comfortable using Photoshop then using Artweaver will be super easy as they have borrowed heavily from the Photoshop interface. The free version of artweaver supports layers which I find particularly useful for doing slightly more advanced tweaking of my images than irfanview allows.

Lifehacker review of Artweaver

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Aviary has many free online tools including an image editor.

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For small jobs like that, I use Paint. It's already part of Windows, so you don't need to install or change anything

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