cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4880 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4832 times:
Well, you have to have the original image at a very high standard to begin with. It's not great practice to use image editing software to "improve" the quality of the image.
However, as far as software goes, Photoshop is very hard to beat, due to the sheer amount of users out there who do use it (lots of help available) and the fact that it is pretty easy to use and has many tools that are useful for our needs.
I personally have used Photoshop for over 10 years now for various things (not strictly photographic stuff), and I'm now with Photoshop CS5 which is the best version of Photoshop I've ever used.
Photoshop Elements will do the job well for editing photos to upload here.
moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4818 times:
I'll agree with Chris - for editing photos for A.net, Elements will work well for you. It's a fraction of the cost of the full version, but has just about all the tools you will need to do the basic editing needed for uploading.
LGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4815 times:
Quoting moose135 (Reply 3): I'll agree with Chris - for editing photos for A.net, Elements will work well for you. It's a fraction of the cost of the full version, but has just about all the tools you will need to do the basic editing needed for uploading.
ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 765 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4782 times:
Agreed that CS5 is probably the best photo editing package out there - but after using Photoshop for a long time (I think I started with PS 3 - and I don't mean CS3!) I'd say I only ever use about 25% of the capabilities of the software, and for most images, more like 5%
Bottom line is that if you nail the image in camera all you need to to is resize and sharpen - if you shoot jpg, you might not even need to sharpen.
A huge proportion of the capabilities in PS are there for those who want to create composites, manipulate images, include text or create original art from scratch - it might be the best, but you certainly don't need it for A.net. Given that they are similar prices, I think for most people a new lens might do more for their pictures than Photoshop will.
chris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2822 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4768 times:
If money is tight elements 9 is the way forward, if your minted then go for the CS5 collection.
I use CS3 on my iMac and CS4 on the laptop.
One thing to remember if your a student/teacher or have kids that are students you can purchase the educational version of CS5 for about 30% of the cost of the normal price. Makes it a lot more affordable. That's how i got my copies of Photoshop.
Another thing to consider is Photoshop Lightroom 3, great piece of kit that can organize all your photos, do great RAW conversions and do 90% of editing you need for uploading.
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IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2238 posts, RR: 48
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4759 times:
Gimp is free and works quite similar to Photoshop. Used it on the laptop of my mother-in-law who did not have any form of Photoshop, and it worked fine. All basic steps, including Unsharp Mask and such are there. www.gimp.org
KPWMSpotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 457 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4698 times:
Quoting IL76 (Reply 7): Gimp is free and works quite similar to Photoshop. Used it on the laptop of my mother-in-law who did not have any form of Photoshop, and it worked fine. All basic steps, including Unsharp Mask and such are there. www.gimp.org
I've used GIMP for all of my photography, and it works fine for uploads to "the other jet-photography site which is not to be named" but there are some major issues with quality compared to photoshop. If you take a perfect picture and simply need a resize/sharpen job, GIMP will do fine, but it really doesn't have the capability of photoshop when you get into contrast/color/brightness issues.
Even with sharpening and resizing, GIMP has some weaknesses. A lot of quality is lost when scaling an image with GIMP, and its sharpening tools tend to create some bad artifacts and jaggies if you're not very careful.
If you're a poor college student like me, GIMP will do you just fine. If you expect some top-shots on A.Net, go ahead and invest in PS or Elements, the overall image quality will be far superior.