There are tons of free image editors and commercial editors available in the market. If you want a tiny, fast, easy to use, powerful like PhotoShop yet freeware photo/image editor then phoXo is for you. PhoXo is a free and powerful image editing software. Its features include layers, undo, over 50 special effects, batch processing, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools for selecting, crop, painting, retouching, measuring and navigation. Especially, you can easily add text effects to image, such as shadow text, ripple text, gradient color text etc. PhoXo web site provides a large number of resources, including step by step tutorials, thousands of free clip-art, frames, patterns, textures and shapes.
The kernel of phoXo is based on the famous open source freeware editor ImageStone. ImageStone is a powerful C++ class library for image manipulation. It is written in pure C++ and is easily to portable. Its features include load/save (supports BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF, ICO, TGA, PCX, PSD…), display, histogram, undo/redo, and image transformation with over 100 predefined effects.
Tiny Size: The size of installer with many clip art and texture is only 4MB memory usage is very small
Fast Loading: extensive work to make PhoXo speed up, even runs on a netbook, you can expect PhoXo to start up very quickly
Extra Online ClipArt: Software comes loaded with default AlipArt but also Provides thousands of clipart, frame, texture, stamp, brush style for free downloads. All you have to do is pick your favourite image and goto “Tool” -> “Open Material Folder” , put your material image into the appropriate directory and use it from the software.
Note: If you want to move the clipArt or some other object on your canvas, please use the Move tool on your left panel.
Batch Watermark: You can use the current opened image as a watermark and allows you to apply this watermark on all the images in a specific folder
Easy to Use: Every tool including a help tip for quick learning, and home website offers great variety of tutorials and examples
Text Effects: Easily create shadow text, gradient text, glass text, scanline text, blur text, water ripple text, and more
Creative Effects: More than 50 effects including oil painting, mosaic, pencil sketch, soft edge, splash, emboss, and more
Layer: Simple and powerful layer management support drag and drop operations
Selection: Marquee, lasso, magic wand tool help you to select a portion or a subset of an image to work on
Brush Pen: pen, brush, eraser, clone with variety of styles for your painting
Multi-language: english, chinese, spanish, german, dutch, portuguese, french, hungarian, japanese, arabic, polish etc.,
Operating System: Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7
You can find more tutorials on this in the phoXo website.