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  1. kemplefan

    kemplefan TPF Noob!

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    i have heard great things about photo shop, but how much is it, what alternitives are there, and if it is say the same as a 50mm f1.8 nikor lense, wich one should i get, i am using nikon picture project. this program works but its not that great
     
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    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Photoshop CS2 (current version) will run you about $650 unless you go to ebay and purchase an older version and do an upgrade. Still, you are looking at a significant chunk of change. Alternatives....? PS is pretty much industry standard for graphics imaging, but you might like photoshop elements. I think it's current version may be up to 4.0 now. It is probably around $150 and is a scaled down consumer version of PSCS2. Still it does quite a bit (at least 2.0 did haven't tried the newest version).

    A free download would be GIMP (google it) which is supposed to do all that PS will, more or less. (downloaded it, never tried it). PSCS2 is quite a piece of work. I find it pretty clunky and takes a lot of resources to run it well. I use a previous version 7.0 for most stuff just b/c it loads so much quicker. Not sure how that compared to the price of the lense you were looking at. You can get a free 30 day trial from adobe.com
     
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    kemplefan TPF Noob!

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    ok for the cost of that i could get my sigma 2.8 zoom
     
  4. Also, Adobe is about to launch a product called Lightroom, a photo-only hybrid of Photoshop, Bridge, and Organizer. Probably all you'll need.
     
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    Dweller Inconspicuous Supporter

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    There is some kind of plugin or something that gives GIMP the look and feel of photoshop, but I too have never used it. I really should spend some time with it.

    As for Lightroom, that sounds very interesting.
     
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    i think google have a free image editing software called picassa. Ive never tried it myself but it's meant to be ok
     
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    It's called Gimpshop. Download GIMP, install Gimpshop, and you got yourself a free, open source editing software that is just as good as Photoshop.
     
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    Picassa is fine for organising and viewing images, but I don't trust it's algorithms as much as PS and it's really easy to alter an image by rotating in a way which may degrade its quality.

    Rob
     
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    thanks a lot every one i downloaded gim and its very good and i saved big bucks
     
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    yup, and if you have never used photoshop, downloading GIMPshop will be kind of pointless because it doesnt really matter. It's more of a Photoshop user friendly hack for GIMP.

    It's useful though, if you ever feel like using photoshop in your future in your case. Good luck!!
     
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    thanks any tips on what to do with it or how to use it to mazimize its capabilitys
     

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