Best PP program for the money?

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  1. TJ K

    TJ K No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hey i was just wondering what programs you guys use for editing or programs that you would recommend that aren't super expensive. Thanks guys. I need something to edit these photos. How is NX2?
     
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    farmerj TPF Noob!

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    may as well ask what camera is better...Nikon or Canon.

    All of the $80-200 softwares will do much the same. Depends on what you feel like using, brand preference and such.

    My personal preference goes to PaintshopPro X2 Ultimate. It will deal with RAW images.
     
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    tsaraleksi TPF Noob!

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    Photoshop Elements is supposed to be a pretty good program for the money, will cover most of your bases.

    Capture one 4 LE or Lightroom are raw converters that will let you do a lot of your PP in-program, and if you don't do a lot of localized edits might be good for you.

    The best way to find out is to download trials and try the software out.
     
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    Google Picasa, it's free and does a nice job... works with RAW files too.
     
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    benlonghair TPF Noob!

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    How about GIMP, which is free.
     
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    PhotoXopher TPF Noob!

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    You need a Masters degree in "Poorly Designed User Interface Navigation" to use it though :lol:
     
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    icassell TPF Noob!

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    Are you a student or faculty anywhere with valid ID? If so, Photoshop CS4 extended is only $199 and Lightroom 2 is $99 --outstanding value. If not, they're pretty steep.
     
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    AduNeButt TPF Noob!

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    Definitely try out GIMP. It's completely free and has many of the features Photoshop has as well as a large user-base so information on the software is very easy to find. Check it out: GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program
     
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    GimpShop is free and has the look and feel of photoshop. BUT I would always go with photoshop CS4 because it expands your possibilities X100000
     
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    Photoshop CS4
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    For the money.......Photoshop Elements 7 or PaintShop Pro X2 Ultimate.

    If you want the industry standard that pro photo editors use......Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 ($1300 for both with no upgrade discounts).
     
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    Drawbacks of GIMP?
     

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