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PhotoFiltre is a Windows freeware image retouching program which allows you to adjust an image and apply filters. Filters allow you to adjust brightness, contrast, dyed, saturation, gamma correction, and also artistic filters include watercolor, pastels, Indian ink, pointillism and puzzle effect. Basically, if you don't need to to anything fancy with Photoshop, use PhotoFiltre - it can do a lot of things Photoshop can, and it's just 1,6 MB in size.

PhotoFiltre uses two types of selection tools: the first type uses automatic shapes - rectangle, ellipse, triangle, rhombus and the second type is a lasso and polygon tool. They both allow a customized form by drawing a shape by hand or using a series of lines. Every selection can be saved as a separate file.

The program doesn’t offer layers, though it does allow you to put text over an image. Many don’t use layers anyway so, for them, the lack of this feature is no loss.

Whatever filter you apply it can be undone. It also can be faded. So if the original effect is too strong, you can reduce the amount via the Edit menu.

PhotoFiltre includes an Image Explorer, which is accessed through the Tools menu. Open any image folder on your hard drive and its contents are shown along the bottom of the window. Simply double click on a photo to open it and begin editing.

You can do automated batch processing of any number of photos. Select the Source and Output folders and file format such as JPEG, GIF and TIFF. Next select the image size and if you want a frame automatically added to the images. The size and color of the frame can be adjusted.

During the batch process, brightness, contrast, saturation and Gamma correcting can be applied to photos. You can apply a few filters such a sharpening and scanlines, and rotate or flip images. The batch process is fast and easy. Since not all photos need the same amount of processing, do a test run to see if the results are to your liking.

PhotoFiltre also works on Linux, through WINE, but it's developers started to develop PhotoFiltre LX (for Linux) which you can download from HERE. However, the Linux version it's still in it's infancy and also, only source files are available for now.

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Once again, thanks to Mahdi for suggesting us this application.