Photo Editor?

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  1. redtippmann

    redtippmann TPF Noob!

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    As of now I have Picasa from google as my photo editor. And I would like a more powerful editor that wont cost too much, any ideas?
     
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    photogincollege TPF Noob!

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    I would say photoshop elements, or lightroom but lightroom is a bit pricier.
     
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    epp_b No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I like Corel PhotoPaint.

    Define "too much". Corel Graphics Suite (which also includes the excellent CorelDraw) can be had for around $100 on eBay.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    There are three main options: (1) The GIMP (www.gimp.org) is an excellent image editor with almost all the features of Adobe Photoshop, except for the price - it's freeware. It does however have a bit of a learning curve.

    (2) Adobe Photoshop Elements: (Current ver 6) Is essentially a 'light' version of Photoshop, with most of the main tools that you will need, and generally sells for around $100.

    (3) Corel PaintShop Pro (Current ver X2/12) is my recommendation; it contains a better featureset than Photoshop Elements, and is comparable in price, if not slightly cheaper, and is able to use almost all Photoshop plugins.

    Note that while an outstanding application, Adobe Lightroom is only for processing RAW images. If you shoot RAW (and I strongly recommend it) this is an essential tool, BUT you will still need a photo-editor of the above-mentioned style for all of your non-RAW needs.
     
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    photogincollege TPF Noob!

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    True, I forget that I usually import into photoshop after I use lightroom XD
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    GIMP. I don't understand why this doesn't get recommended to the price conscious out there. It's an editor more like Photoshop and less like Picasa or Lightroom.
     
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    Gimp is a very good program. I would probably second it. *blush* Ive never actualy used photoshop elements but I have used the corel programs and their very good as well. You can always try gimp as its free and if you dont like it THEN spend money on something else.
     
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    thanks alot and i will look into all of those programs!
     
  9. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Another free program to have a look at is FastStone Image Viewer.

    Light Box is also free and the LB Plus is $20 if you need a clone tool.

    Cheers, Don
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That's not enough of a recommendation for you???
     
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    redtippmann TPF Noob!

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    yea i got gimp and it a pretty powerful tool for something free
     
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    I use CS3 at the moment, but i used to use Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006. For me it was the perfect steping stone for CS3. Its almost 100% idiot proof. And does most things all the top end programs do, but way more user friendly. You can get it of Amazon.com for about $90 :)

     

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