Photo editing programs

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by m Ransley, Jan 21, 2006.

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    m Ransley Guest

    What is considered the best and easiest to use photo editing software.
    Adobe photoshop?
    m Ransley, Jan 21, 2006
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    rafe b Guest

    Best and easiest can't be had in the same
    package. Photoshop is arguably the best,
    but hardly the easiest.

    rafe b
    rafe b, Jan 21, 2006
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    Bigguy Guest

    Easiest? depends on what you want to do... For simple resize, crop, sharpen
    etc. many progs will do - some free...
    See Picasa2, ThumbsPlus, Elements.

    For more involved work with levels, layers, plugins etc. it has to get a bit
    more complicated.

    PaintShop Pro has to be the easiest to learn (IMHO) - particularly the
    versions 8 or 9 - it's mostly intuitive.

    Photoshop is probably the 'best' for serious elaborate work but it does have
    a significant learning curve - there are many excellent books and on-line
    guides available however...

    Try Picasa (it's free) and see if it does what you require... then try
    Elements or PaintShop Pro.

    Bigguy, Jan 21, 2006
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    Had you asked which was the most expensive photo editing program, one could
    confidently have responded Adobe Photo Shop.
    But your actual question is a little harder. I use PhotoPlus, it is easy to
    learn with the help of their tutorials and help file. As far as I can tell
    it should be able to handle any normal editing needs. Elements is another
    choice although I've never used it. My choice of PhotoPlus was made based on
    my using PagePlus for years. This is a vastly cheaper program than Adobe
    PageMaker and again I can find no reason to select the latter apart from the
    following consideration:
    Some users might be preparing their work for professional printing. In this
    case one should work with the selected printing house to see what they
    prefer. This is probably more applicable to general publishing than photo
    editing and those users probably aren't looking in ng's for advice anyway.
    You can get an earlier version on PhotoPlus from the Serif web site for
    Dave Cohen
    Dave Cohen, Jan 21, 2006
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    Andy Hewitt Guest

    On a Mac (and possibly any platform) without doubt Graphic Converter.

    If you want some of the features of PhotoShop then Gimp is worth a look
    for free.
    Andy Hewitt, Jan 21, 2006
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    Andy Hewitt Guest

    Of course the budget hasn't been mentioned, so deciding what is best for
    a particular person is irrelevant at this point. Aperture and Lightroom
    are indeed very good tools, but are NOT full image editing apps, they
    are workflow systems. You will still need a full editing app to make any
    real use of them. They aren't cheap either, Aperture is £350. I would
    assume Lightroom will be somewhere near.

    Of course, you can usually work quite well with the proprietary software
    supplied with any camera. The Minolta software is pretty good on the
    Mac, if a little slow, and the Kodak stuff isn't too bad either - again
    considering the price they work well enough, and usually with RAW files.
    Andy Hewitt, Jan 21, 2006
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    Robert Haar Guest

    Tell us more about the kind of photography you do and what kind of editing
    you have in mind? "best" is very subjective.

    Also, what computer system are you using - Windows, Mac, LINUX, ???
    Robert Haar, Jan 21, 2006
  8. The Gimp is probably the best value you can get for your money. It is
    free at and gets rather close to Photoshop. However, like
    Photoshop it is not very easy to learn for a beginner.
    Barry L. Wallis, Jan 21, 2006
  9. "Best" can mean many things. Photoshop is one of the most powerful,
    and lots of the add-ons are in the form of photoshop plugins,
    increasing the power available there (other products can sometimes use
    photoshop plugins too).

    "Easiest" is often not found in the same product with "most powerful".
    Features or interfaces designed to be productive for experts are often
    really hard for beginners to learn.

    "Total orderings" (mathematically, what you need to create to
    determine a "best" something) usually don't really exist in real-world
    situations like this one.

    So, is photography your big hobby, so you're going to end up wanting
    professional-level tools even though you don't make your living at it?
    Or are you an avid snapshooter who wants to do a little work in
    post-processing now and then? Or what?
    David Dyer-Bennet, Jan 21, 2006
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    m Ransley Guest

    I am looking to scan all my kodachrome from 1947 , film and to restore
    faded photos and agfa slides. Adjust color, add filters and print a
    bunch on a windows pc . I don`t need extensive editing for most. Then on
    a few I need to draw lines on them. Having an auto stich and other
    options would be usefull. From what little I have read Photoshop would
    be over my head. so logicly an easy intuitive program is best. I have
    boxes of slides , negatives and photos going to waste so now is the time
    to transfer them.
    m Ransley, Jan 21, 2006
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    m Ransley Guest

    For my photography it is just a hobby , mainly scenes, a full kit A1,
    sony w5, and 300d.
    m Ransley, Jan 21, 2006
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    Sel Guest

    I use Paintshop pro-x by choice.

    I have photshop, ( I am agent for both ) but I find it's interface too
    unfriendly and slow. I find I can be into psp, edit a photo and out
    again before Photoshop has even made up its mind what it wants to do.

    PSP allows you to create the interface you like to use. You just move
    the buttons you use most onto the menu bars.
    All the things you would want to do it is capable of and way more.

    Now, as for printing, give Qimage a go. Wonderfull program. Wonderfull

    Sel ......... :)
    "Sel's Computers"
    New Zealand.
    Sel, Jan 21, 2006
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    Rob Weekhout Guest

    m Ransley schreef:

    Try FastStone Image Viewer on
    many BATCH adjustments, nice GUI.
    ( especially the " Windows XP Steel " - skin )

    They have more FREE software.

    Rob Weekhout, Jan 21, 2006
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    Andy Hewitt Guest

    Nice one. I've had it paid for for about 6 years now, and can't say I've
    ever been dissappointed. As you say, bang for bucks it's by far about
    the best value software I've ever seen.

    If you can organise yourself a good folder system for storing your
    photos (which is about all iPhoto does anyway), then it even makes a
    good cataloguing system too.
    Andy Hewitt, Jan 22, 2006
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