We know what you’re thinking: "why would I want to download Photoscape when you’ve already recommended two awesome image editors in The GIMP and Paint.Net? What does this do that they don’t?"
Our answer is simple: because Photoscape has some cracking features that the others don’t.
For starters, Photoscape doesn’t have The GIMP’s steep learning curve. If you’re looking for a photo editor that can give you a quick overview of all your digital images and enable you to optimise them with easy-to-use tools, then this software is ideal.
Don’t download Photoscape just for its powerful Editor, which offers image resizing, brightness and color 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.
Download it for the built-in image Viewer, which lets you handily view a stack of thumbnails so you can work with multiple images or create slideshows.
Or the Batch Editor that lets you apply the same edit to multiple photos automatically, such as resizing an image or applying a filter. And its companion Rename mode, which enables you to change the filenames of photos in a convenient batch conversion.
Download Photoscape for 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; the ability to create animated GIFs with extraordinary ease from several photos; plus the RAW Converter that transforms your meaty camera files into more lightweight JPEGs.
Photoscape is surprisingly flexible and, sitting in the shadow of The GIMP and Paint.Net, it might not get a look-in. You might not have heard of it before. But perhaps this article has encouraged you to check it out and put the software through its paces. You never know, it might be just what you’re looking for.
Verdict: Photoscape is the right choice for the hobby photographer who doesn't want a free program for every feature.