Newbie, what editing software to buy for Mac?

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  1. Wildlife girl

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    I am a newbie to digital photography with a new Mac as well. I will be buying some editing software in a few months and don't know what to buy.

    I don't have a lot of money to spend, so I can't afford Photoshop, but could afford Photoshop Elements. But, what about Aperture 2 or Photoshop Lightroom 2.0? I am confused about what program would be right for me.

    Opinions welcomed! :D
     
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    Hello,
    Actually, I would like to know as well. I have been really stuck with deciding which program to use. I was planning on purchasing Aperture 2, but I also like onOne Software Mask Pro 4. Would Photoshop have all of these? Or would it be better to purchase those two separately?

    Thank you.
     
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    aperture is good, i dont use it for editing but i do use it for spotting, you can layer images and spot as many as you like with one click.

    it has crop, and exposure controls, colour settings. I suppose aperture and photoshop are two different programs, if you want basic controls then aperture is good.

    If you are looking for a program that allows you to airbrush, remove items and people and create effects then photoshop is the way to go.

    Over elements and aperture I would go for aperture but im sure some one will produce a good argument for elements
     
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    If you couldn't afford Photoshop, and your not allowed an under the table version, what would you use?
     
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    That was the first thing to go off my mac,

    How do you organize workflow if not through aperture, thats the only thing i use it for apart from batch spotting in
     
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    I use Bridge to "sort" and "organize" images. I process and edit in Photoshop. I don't agree with the "get rid of iPhoto" thoughts though. It's rare but sometimes if I'm shooting family snapshots or party photos and shooting jpg, then I throw them into iPhoto. If you know where iPhoto is keeping your images and know how to keep it under control it's not a bad application...

    I really do only use it every once in a while, so let's not start a iPhoto vs Non-iPhoto arguement. I'm just saying, unless you're very depserate for space on your drive, why not keep it installed?
     
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    Yeah I got rid of it to save as much space on my drive, its not a bad application, well actually good for what it does, I just removed all the apps i didnt use.

    I think the fact you have to look through folders to find your images is what put me off it.

    Yes I save as tiff for print, I also save a psd copy and original copy.

    I save the psd so if I want to tweak my editing, or say remove a cross process layer but keep other editing I can without having to start again
     
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    starting out full photoshop is a waste of an investment - you are paying for many features that you just won't be able to use for a long time. Better spend the money on lenses that let you get shots - you can always edit a shot another day - but you can't take a shot that you missed for lack of the right kit.

    As for what programs consider photoshop elements, there are even quite a few plugins (free) that you can get to expand functionality a lot. Further there is paintshop pro which is in the same price bracket and is less hobbled than elements is/
     
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    Haha :lol:
     
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    What I want to do is to be able to get rid of unnecessary things, fix the exposure, etc. I guess just basic stuff...for now. I'm also interested in the onOne software mask pro 4.
    I'm assuming photoshop can do both aperture 2 and mask pro. Photoshop CS4 is expensive, but is it better in the long run. I probably save more money in the long run as well, I think.
    I'm not sure.
    Also, what is Photoshop CS4 Extended edition? Does it just have more features? Do I have to get the Photoshop CS4 normal version first?

    Can someone clarify?
    Thank you.
     
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    I'm still on cs3 so don't no much about cs4 yet. But photoshop is the industry standard for retouching, so I'd get that.
     

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