Low Cost/ Open Source Photo Software?

Discussion in 'Graphics Programs and Photo Gallery' started by Argentis, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. Argentis

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    Hi guys, great site. I've been lurking for about a week, and I was wondering if anyone can suggest some lower-cost or open source software that's useful for photo editing? I don't really have any money to spend on this after buying the camera, so that's why I'm asking mainly about open source software.

    I have a Pentax 100D camera on order, and it should arrive in the next week or so, and would like to hit the ground running when it arrives. I also have a copy of Photoshop Elements 2.0 to work with, but it seems pretty limited when I try and do some of the things that I read about.

    I have discovered The GIMP open source photo editor, and it seems ok so far, but I have a lot to learn. Are there any other free programs out there?

    Another thing I'd like to get soon is something to organize my files, since I'm sure they'll pile up in a hurry :). Are there any cheap/free programs that do this, and also contain a reasonable amount of photo editing power?

    Thanks,
    Argentis
     
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    THere is really only One good OS Photo program!
    And you have discovered it! (the Gimp)
    I like Picasa for organization. (from Google)

    Troy
     
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    I´m not so sure PS Elements 2.0 is exactly limited...it´s pretty good for what it is, and bear in mind, we are up Elements 5.0 now, which I´ve heard is very good. I´m still using 3.0, and I don´t really need anything else.

    And the program you have already include a photo organizer...also a good one.

    There is a good website which compares them all...I´ll try to find it.
     
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    imho gimp worth a try
     
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    I love open source, I am on Linux as we speak, but Gimp has one limitation set to be fixed in the 2.6 release (they are at 2.2 and testing 2.3 which will be 2.4...... evens are stable odds are unstable testing..... Like the linux kernel)
    And that is 2.2 and 2.4 only work in 8 bit per channel.
    If I were looking to do much editing, I would pay for elements.
    or wait a year or two for gimp 2.6
     
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    I use Linux from time to time and was researching this and found Krita the photo editing tool for KOffice I have installed it and it looks good. guess we all will keep looking.
     
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    Yeah, I wouldn't mind upgrading to Elements 5, but $100 is kinda hard for me to justify right now.

    BTW, can PSE 5 handle raw files or is that just CSX?
     
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    I use PaintShop Pro and Photoshop. PSP is comparable to Photoshop, for around 60 us dollars.
     
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    I use both as well. I should also point out that if you use a lot of the plug-ins, then it really does not matter much which program you are loading the plug-ins into. They work equally well in both.

    skieur
     
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    I am a strong advocate for Linux. I develop for it at work, I use it as my main OS at home, and on my laptop. However, I still keep a windows machine around, which has ONLY CS2 and lightroom on it. Developers are just not concerned with Linux, and as such, there are no GNU/OS alternatives that cam compete, IMO.
     
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    I am with you! I have both my servers and my one laptop running Linux, as I have been using it since I was just a little jit. But, no matter what, I won't run Windows, I just absolutely don't like it, so my photo programs are on my Mac, since it has a BSD core and runs CS3 and Lightroom.
     

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