Oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2868 times:
How much money have you got to spend?
Lots of people use Photoshop, but it costs a lot.
At the other extreme there's GIMP which is free. And there are plenty of other products in between. Serif has its Photo processing software that it markets as the competitor to PS and is cheaper. Other people swear by Helicon filter which can be had for free. Some people have been known to use different software to do different processing stages (or so I've read)
Moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2345 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2835 times:
A lower cost alternative to PS is Photoshop Elements. It's quite a bit cheaper than the full version, and while it doesn't have all the features, for most anything you need to do for basic photo editing, it is plenty.
Cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2740 times:
Quoting Scbriml (Reply 4): It can be purchased at very high discounts without trying too hard.
I'd like to find a cheaper way to upgrade to CS4 Master Collection from CS3 Web Premium + InDesign CS3. The Australian Adobe store is a ridiculous ripoff. The only apparent upgrade path will still cost AUD$3235.
Zwaving From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2693 times:
I believe I have tried them all and for my money,( it is free) Google Picasso is a wonderfull program for editing but especially for organizing if you have a large volume of photos.If you have purchased a good grade printer from HP lately, you will find a premium photo editing
program right on the installation disc. My personal experience as a non-professional who is
not into making CS a lifestyle learning curve, I prefer Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo. It will do all the editing, layering and morphing you will ever want to do. Clean up the acne scars on your daughters face or wipe out the scars on your tummy. It does a great job on collages
and portrait effects. It comes with a free trial and to purchase is under 100 bucks. By the way, if you want to do web albums, Picasso has a killer and also for free. Another program that I have worked with is ACDsee. Costs about 40-50 Dollars but has a very attractive interface and is the easiest to get up to steam and working because it handles your files very well as well as allowing you to work your files such as creating new or sub-files on the main frame while in the program. That comes in handy sometimes. Last words of advice,
If you want a program that catches you in an upgrade cycle forever while still trying to learn
the last upgrade then purchase Photoshop because it is the best. Notwithstanding our buddy from Scotland saying there are discounts and who would question a Scotsman about money, I have not heard of any legitimate great discounts. If you want to play with your photos. make them look better or make them look like something else and have a limited
budget, purchase Corel Paint Shop Pro-Photo, they have been doing this since we were in the double disk IBM PCs.
DenLaw From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2579 times:
Adobe Light Room is very powerful as well I happen to see you can get the same effect and boost with only 1 click in LR you get in PS with hard work. But I strongly recommend to use PS for the LR post process.
YXD172 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2519 times:
Quoting BuyantUkhaa (Reply 9):
Does anybody know if Elements is also available for Linux? If not, which is the best editor for Linux?
It only seems to be available for Windows and Mac, but if you use WINE some versions supposedly work (http://wiki.winehq.org/AdobePhotoshop)
If not I would personally recommend GIMP, it's a great editor (if you like the interface) and works in Linux. There are probably a few other programs as well, I think Picasa has a beta version for Linux at the moment.
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