best photo software

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  1. al7601

    al7601 TPF Noob!

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    I'm in the market for photo editing software. I'm not a professional but would like to explore and be creative with my photos and at the same time not have software that's going to take forever to learn. Would it be Adobe elements, lightroom 3, corel?

    would like to hear options for price not being an issue and for price being an issue.

    btw its for a windows based pc.

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    Price being an issue: Gimp

    Price not being an issue: Photoshop CS5

    Price being even less of an issue: Lightroom & CS5
     
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    I prersonally have messed around with photoshop and lightroom. I am not a professional it is just for family photos and my own personal use. I prefer lightroom. I think if you had to do some major changes then you would need photoshop. You could always use the 30day free trial and see if you like it before you buy.
     
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    Corel Paintshopr Pro Photo X4 is more feature rich than Elements and has a "lightroom" type program and Colour FX 3 by Nik software (software filters) included. I recently paid $39 Canadian for the package from Staples (a business/office store).

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    thanks to both, do you need lightroom and CS5 together?
     
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    No, for most of my photos, I run them through lightroom and don't even open photoshop. But lightroom is not an "Editing platform" like photoshop is. It's an image processing program.
     
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    No, they are 2 different programs. Lightroom is more of an organizer with some basic editing features. You can crop, straighten, adjust color, contrast, exposure, white balance and minor spotting. It does this in a "none destructive" way. When you edit with Lightroom the corrections are saved to a sidecar file and the main file isn't touched. In order to save these corrections to the main file you have to export it as a new file. This keeps your originals untouched. If however, you need more than minor spotting etc. You will need a program like CS5, Photoshop elements 10, PaintShop, Gimp, etc. Lightroom will send your file to another editor that you define for heavier editing. Mine is setup to link to CS5 and Photoscape.

    Paintshop, CS5, elements 10, Lightroom 3.6 etc. are all available as a 30 free trial from the companies website. Download and check them out for yourself.
     
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    Lightroom is the way to go
     
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    ok, you say you're not a professional and would like to learn PP. Have you tried Photoscape? Its free and its got a lot of learning material. before I got into using CS5, I could not believe all the features were available for free in Photoscape. That, along with noise ninja was all I needed to process my pictures when I was using windows.
     
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    ^^^^I still use it everyday.....great program and free.
     
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    Best in what way? Best for a begining amateur, an advanced amateur, a pro retail photographer, a pro editorial photographer, or a pro commercial photographer?
     

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