There are many great free image editors out there – GIMP and Paint.NET among them – so can Photoscape differentiate itself from the crowd? The answer is a resounding yes.
Given the popularity of other free photo editors, you may not have heard of Photoscape before. But don't let that put you off, because it offers a whole plethora of useful features, plus a few that its rivals don't come close to offering.
For starters there's Photoscape's built-in image Viewer, which lets you see a stack of thumbnails so you can work with multiple images at once. Its handy Page (make one photo by merging multiple photos at the page frame), Combine (make one photo by attaching multiple photos vertically or horizontally) and Splitter (cut up an image into several smaller pieces) options give you even more flexibility.
It also has some brilliant features that let you save time on the basics, allowing you more time to get on with photo editing. So, with the Batch Editor you can apply the same filter or instruction to a large number of files (for example, resizing a photo or applying a filter). There's also a useful Rename mode, with which you can edit multiple filenames quickly and easily, all within the program.
In addition to that, Photoscape's Editor offers image resizing, brightness and colour adjustment, white balance tweaking, backlight correction, frames, balloons, a mosaic mode, the ability to adding text, basic drawing tools, plus cropping options, an array of filters, red eye removal, and more.
It also comes with the ability to create animated GIFs with extraordinary ease from several photos, plus a RAW Converter that transforms your meaty camera files into more lightweight JPEGs.
Yet even with all those useful features, Photoscape somehow manages to forego GIMP's steep learning curve. Instead, it allows you to get a quick overview of your photos and choose which to edit using simple to understand tools. It's a photo editor for the hobbyist who wants a useful toolset without the headaches.
Verdict: You may not have heard of it, but give Photoscape a try and you may find it offers you far more than you expected.