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PhotoDemon

Lightweight portable BSD licensed photo editor for Windows focused on performance and usability.

  • Windows
Avg rating of 5 (6)| 6 comments

What is PhotoDemon?

PhotoDemon provides a comprehensive selection of photo editing tools in an 8 MB download. It runs on any Windows machine (XP through Win 10) and does not require installation. It can easily be run from a USB stick or SD card.

PhotoDemon is completely open-source and available under a permissive BSD license. Outside contributions from coders, designers, translators, and enthusiasts are always welcome.

It is lightweight and completely portable, integrates macro recording and batch processing, provides a comprehensive selection of pro-grade features and tools:

  • Extensive file format support, including all major RAW formats
  • Powerful selection tools, with support for antialiasing, feathering, and on-canvas sizing/moving
  • Color-managed workflow, including full support for embedded ICC profiles
  • Non-destructive editing for select features, including resizing and common adjustments
  • 2D transformations: advanced rescale operators (Sinc, Catmull-Rom, etc), content-aware scaling (seam carving), crop, rotate, shear, zoom, tiling
  • Pro adjustment tools: levels, curves, HDR, white balance, split-toning, sepia, full-featured histogram, green screen, Wratten filters, and many more
  • Filters and effects: perspective correction, edge detection, noise removal, content-aware blur, unsharp masking, lens diffraction, vignetting, film grain, and many more
  • 150+ tools are provided in the current build.
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PhotoDemon Features

  1.  PortablePhotoDemon can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
  2.  Support for LayersPhotoDemon supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
  3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPhotoDemon can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
  4.  Batch EditingPhotoDemon allows you to select multiple items (tasks, files, images etc) and edit their properties all at once.

PhotoDemon information

  • Developed byTanner Helland
  • LicensingOpen Source and Free product.
  • RatingAverage rating of 5
  • Alternatives22 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Indonesian
  • Polish
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Macedonian
  • Dutch
  • Chinese

GitHub repository

  •  882 Stars
  •  160 Forks
  •  28 Open Issues
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Our users have written 6 comments and reviews about PhotoDemon, and it has gotten 23 likes

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webfork
  
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Excellent, fast, and easy photo editor with a remarkable number of features. I use it frequently to clean up photos and the various great filters are great fun to use on backgrounds for either PowerPoint presentations or my Windows/Mac desktop. Great fun, very useful, and actively developed.

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I never commented here before, but today I have to do it. My photo editing requirements are not many, but I was tired of waiting for my old copy of Photoshop 7.0 to open just to do some basic photo editing. I don't need more than "simple", but I wanted it to be light and fast, like a Snapseed for Windows. I downloaded this program — an it's exactly what I needed. It seems to have all the features I had on my old Photoshop, but it opens in one second and it's very, very light. So, if you're like me and you want a lightweight software to do some basic editing for your imgs on social media or work presentations, this is the app you need!

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bolocholo
  
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I really like PhotoDemon as a versatile, easy to use, and fast image editor, more powerful than IrfranView or Microsoft Paint, and lighter than GIMP or Krita. In addition, it is open source, compatible with older computers, and portable. A gem of an app that is not sufficiently appreciated.

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Shuunen
  
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Simple and effective like Paint.net or Photopea <3

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GoodSoul
  
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Limited yet powerful selection of tools, as straightforward as it can get. For example, one of the most important features : W- Magic Wand. By default it can select a leaf on a tree instantly, for example. But it's straight seems to be also a weakness. You can't add or subtract to the current selection. For example: Magic Wand + Polygon - Lasso tool. Correct me if I wrong. 90/100% IMHO.

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jasonbrown1965
  
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Simply awesome.

At first I was like - huh? Where are the support and help files? - but then, curious, I installed and opened PhotoDemon - and, wowwww. Not needed.

Don't be put off by the name (some people scared of demons), this is a heavenly simple app. As in simple enough for a non-technical person like myself to see, almost instantly, what each tool was supposed to do, and how to do it.

Unlike Gimp or some other heavyweight, open source alternatives favoured by RAMmed up geeks wish (wish I was), this won't break your performance budget.

My only question is why the developer has not promoted the hell out of this on social media (they have none) to boost their Patreon donations - currently running at a miserly $15 a month. I can only imagine they are independently wealthy, or intelligent enough to comfortably survive without ample donations.

Without question the most solid 5 stars I've ever given an app, and I've given very few of those.

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  • Photo Editing
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