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PhotoPad – Basic Freeware Photo Editor

by Johnny Karp 15 August 2009 2 Comments

Features Overview

  • Very simple and easy to use.
  • Supports several picture formats, including gif, jpg, psd, png, bmp and more.
  • Can easily remove the applied effects one by one.


PhotoPad is a free basic photo editor for Windows, very simple and easy to use. It could be named as a Notepad for pictures, although it does have some mildly advanced features. Basically what PhotoPad can do is help you do some basic editing jobs on your pictures, like removing red eyes or blemishes or cropping your photos.

photopad screenshot 1

The interesting thing is that once you applied several effects on your picture you can easily remove those effects one by one, without removing the other applied effects. You can also add text boxes in your picture easily.

photopad screenshot 2

PhotoPad supports around a dozen picture formats, the most popular ones like bitmap, jpeg, png or even targa files (tga) or Photoshop documents (psd).

photopad screenshot 3

If you want a tool that can make basic corrections to your pictures without getting too complicated PhotoPad might be a solution. There are a few basic effects and corrections available, enough to suit the basic needs of a not very demanding user.

Version Tested



NCH Software

Operating System

Windows All

Download link


Very simple and easy to use.

You can easily remove one of the applied effects without affecting the other effects.

minus The interface looks ugly, but it might be just a matter of personal taste.

minus Could use a few more effects.




Obviously there’s no way one could compare PhotoPad to The Gimp, they are in a whole different league. But the simplicity that PhotoPad offers might be enough to consider using this freeware program. You could also use it if you are a Gimp user and you don’t want to get too complicated if you only want to quickly crop a picture and apply some basic effects to it.

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If you have any trouble with this software just leave a comment, I’ll help you out! If you know better free programs in the same category, please let me know!



  • praeter said:

    Installed it, and am going to remove it right now. It creates three other start menu categories that are filled with other choices – other software NCH makes I can only assume. No way in hell I’m clicking on them. Then I clicked a little icon for “toolbox” in photopad – it uses some previously unannounced “install on demand” feature, as well as opening their site, and creating yet another start menu item. If you’re going to release a product as free, do it without plastering links to all your other products every chance you get.

    Strongly recommend avoiding PhotoPad.

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