Photo editing software ?'s

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  1. CRman

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    Ok, since all I really use is Picassa2 I want to know where to go next. I was sent a "copy" [​IMG] of PS7 and have no idea how to use it. Its just used up hard drive space.....

    I have heard Lightroom is a great starter program. Easy learning curve and such... Who here has it and can give me the pros and cons? Limitations? so forth...

    Any other good editing software for Say $500 +/- My new computer (finally!!!!!). I want toys on it! $500 may sound cheap to some here but its a starter for someone owning a DSLR for only 3 months and is hooked.... cant tell by my photos [​IMG] but I am loving it. I am saving the rest of my money for some good glass! Figure its a smart thing. The thing has plenty of room as in 1 TB of hard drive! [​IMG] So space isnt an issue. Just trhough oout a few programs I can research and if you wish, share your likes and dislikes of them.

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    Marc
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Why not just get a book on PS7 since you already have it?

    If you buy another application you'd have to learn that one too.
     
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    Next "answer" please....
     
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    PS is way overkill and overcomplicated. I use DxO and love it. Interface is a bit clunky, but once you get the hang of it it's awesome. Best of all it's only about $150. It's setup for batch processing a bunch of images at once and not really tweaking a single image at a time.
     
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    There are a number of Pros out there that still use PS7, whatschyerbeef?

    Paintshop -whichever- is under $200, the GIMP is free.

    If you just want to spend $500 and don't want to pony up for CS3, send me a PM and I'll arrange for you to send me the $500 for an Extra special Post Production package that will keep you busy for years. ;)

    My advice (really) is to get the gimp (as you don't seem yo want to learn PS7) and spend the 5 bills on a lens.
     
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    there is Corel, or photo elements , both under 100 dollars.
     
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    Stick with the Photoshop or as ann mentioned, Photoshop Elements. Elements is a condensed version of photoshop with all you need to edit photos. The full versions can do some really stupid advanced stuff which can look intimidating. The reason for the suggestion for photoshop by many people before me here is because it works really well and is the most popular choice. And being the most popular choice, there are threads on this forum to help you out and many more resources online, not to mention a whack of tutorials online too.
     
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    Although I don't like Adobe as a company I have to say that Lightroom is nice. It's quick and does 95% of what I want to do. A friend who is a Photoshop fanatic came over to give me pointers on post-processing. Since he'd never used Lightroom I took a selected set of photos with specific problems and did what I would normally do. He was surprised at how quick it was. He said he could do the same thing with PS but it would sure take longer.

    What can be done is just part of the issue. PS does almost everything if you learn how to do it. But, ease of use, speed, and workflow are an issue, too.
     
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    Can you tell us what is a satisfactory answer? What do you want to hear?

    No matter what software you get, whether it's "free" or high-end, you will have to learn to use it.

    Photoshop is probably the most well-known photo editing software and you have it for free. Learn to use it.

    Lightroom probably has more features then PS7, but then you still have to learn to use it.

    Get some used books and save rest of the $500 for better lens.

    Kelby (Scott?) has a couple of easy "how-to" Photoshop books. It's very easy reading. May not be entertaining for advanced users, but was perfect for a newb like myself. I have PS Elements, but have the Photoshop version (used) - minor differences, but methodology is the same.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Sooner or later, you WILL start to use Photoshop. It is the best... period.

    If you are not using all the features, but "have it", I feel that you are just wanting to waste money and time not learning.

    You will learn it later whether you want to or not, once you get a bit more advanced, and the time you spent playing with all these other apps and learning them is basically wasted time.

    If you can spend $500, go spend $50 on 2 books and learn it. You can thank the people here later.
     
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    blah! :mrgreen:

    I have some friends who are PS gurus that are blown away with programs like DxO. There are things that DxO does with the click of a button that some of my PS guru friends don't even know how they'd start to do in PS, and even if they could figure it out it'd take a ton longer. Now those same PS gurus consider DxO just as indispensible and use the two side by side.

    PS is the best, if you're a graphic designer or otherwise plan to heavily tweak your images. If not, there are a lot of programs out there that are far cheaper, do things far more quickly, and are a whole heckuva lot easier to use, too.
     
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    Okay, here's what I'd do ...

    Buy both Lightroom and Photoshop Elements 6. (If you're a Mac user, wait a couple of weeks until Elements 6 comes out for Mac).

    You sound really enthusiastic about this, so I strongly recommend that you spend a little time learning just the basics of Photoshop once you get it. Most people get so overwhelmed with what it CAN do that they never get control of the basic things you MUST do. I have a tutorial on it when you're ready to learn the basics.

    I know you're getting a lot of information here about other programs. But the simple truth is that Adobe (and Photoshop) define the image management industry. Why not start out with and learn to use the real thing?

    There's a great article in the March issue of Photoshop User magazine about how to use Lightroom and Photoshop together to create a good workflow. It's designed more for pros ... but the basic steps are true for all of us. BTW, this mag is published for members of NAPP, I'm not sure it's available in stores. (Check photoshopuser.com for info)

    Meanwhile, the Help files in the PS 7 you already have can get you started. But don't be confused by the numbers. Photoshop 7 is four generations old, the technology and features have gone WAY beyond that. Photoshop Elements 6 is brand new.
     

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