photo editing for a poor college student and beginner

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  1. stoopidhead

    stoopidhead TPF Noob!

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    i'm looking to get some photo editing software. i'm a beginning photographer, and i don't know alot about photo editing. i also have very little money. i found some software called picasa, which is free... will this be good enough software to start out with and do basic editing or is there something better?
     
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    Welcome to the forum.

    I haven't used Picasa in a while, but I remember that it was pretty good for image organization and cataloging. I think the newer versions have more editing tools, but there are better options for actual editing.

    You will probably want to check out GIMP. It's a free image editing program that is supposedly pretty good. There are many members here who use it.

    The best editing software is, of course, Photoshop...which is very expensive. However, they have discounts for students and they are pretty good discounts. You could also check out Photoshop Elements, which is basically 'Photoshop Lite'. It's much less expensive...there might even be a student discount on that as well.
     
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    I will second GIMP and Elements (if the price tag isn't too high). Either of those programs will do everything you need and some. Picasa's photo editing isn't bad, but you are pretty limited on the adjustments you can make.
     
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    You can get the student version of Photoshop for about $200 at your campus bookstore or online (you have to provide proof of enrollment in classes or something).

    I use PSE8 and it was less than $100. I find that I can do most things that you can do in Photoshop but sometimes it just requires a few extra steps. And there are TONS of PSE actions out there that make it really easy. Not to mention lots of tutorials online and books for you to check out.

    I know Corel makes something called PhotoImpact X3. It's about $20 and is similar to PSE. There isn't a whole lot as far as online tutorials, forums, etc-- but it's simple and can do a lot of the same things Photoshop can. It also has a built in HDR application. I haven't used it, so I can't speak to it's quality.
     
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    The student discount on PSE 8 at my university is $59. :) I'm using the free trial, and I like it better than GIMP. But GIMP was good too.
     
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    I use acd pro 3 for 95% of my PP, I use it 100% for sorting.
    When I need layers or similar work I found paint.net to be a very useful program.
    It is a free version of the old ms paint program but is a powerful update
    not as extensive as Photoshop or gimp, but is intuitive and easy
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Adobe has an Education Store that sells Student Editions of some of it's software. All the college bookstores and other online sellers still must go through Adobe.

    As noted above the Higher Education discount for Photoshop CS4 Extended ($999) is/was 80% off, reducing the price to $199.00. The regular Education discount (K-12) lowers the price to $299, a 70% discount.

    Student Editions are exacttly the same as the full retail versions but only come with a single license. (Retails versions come with 2 licenses)

    There are some other restrictions that vary geographically. For example, in North America the Student Version of Photoshop CS4 Extended can be used for commercial purposes, but not elsewhere on the planet.

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    ;) Download illegal cracked software... Oooo
     
  9. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Look into student discounts... that's what they are there for. did you camera come with some software?
     
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    Dont the student discount versions have missing filters and such? I remember at school using photoshop it was missing a lot of functions.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Student versions of software is the same as the full version... basically the manufacturer is working with the educational system to provide software at a reduced price for students.

    Perhaps you are confusing Photoshop CS* with Photoshop Elements? Elements has 90% of everything most photographers need at a fraction of the price... but it does have less functions as a result.

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    What sort of "editing" do you plan on doing? Perhaps you might be better served by Lightroom? Ever since I got lightroom, I only leverage photoshop once in a while.
     
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    You took a Photoshop class at school?
     

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