photo manipulation query

Discussion in 'Photography' started by R, Dec 10, 2003.

  1. R

    R Guest

    Hi all
    I use Paint Shop Pro to manipulate some of my images - how does this perform
    in relation to other packages?
    I find it very easy to use and it has simple tools for framing, borders,
    drop shadows, etc, along with all the standard photo-retouching tools. I
    also use a pen/tablet for fine work.
    I know that PSP isnt regarded by many professionals as being good enough,
    I'd just like to know why that is?
    Can anyone give feedback on other software?
    Richard Horsfield
    R, Dec 10, 2003
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  2. Well PSP is fine for web publishing and processing your snapshots. A
    professional package like Photoshop (PS) has much better tools, and lots
    more of them. PSP photo has a couple of levels of sharpening for example,
    while PS has several settings for unsharp mask (USM) that make it very
    configurable. PS also does something called "layering", where you can
    define different layers containing different things in your image and apply
    filters and corrections to the them selectively.

    I'd recommend PSP photo as a learning tool. If all you want is some basic
    photo processing tools then it's fine. You can learn somthing about
    correcting colour and how you can break an image by applying too much
    sharpening. Colour correction and the judicial use of sharpening are two of
    the most important tools

    Later on you may find you need more powerful tools and more control, at
    which time you can look at something like PS. There's also a cut down
    version of PS, Photoshop Elements. It has many of the powerful and flexible
    tools that the PS full version has (like USM) but you'll find it's much
    cheaper and less confusing to learn. Elements comes packaged with many
    photo scanners like the Epson 3250.

    Chris Robinson, Dec 10, 2003
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  3. It is far better, IMHO, than any other image editor, with the exception of
    the expensive pro software. I hope you are using v. 8.1. It is a major
    improvement over v. 7 in ease of use.
    Ask them. I only know that several pros ake part in the newsgroup.
    Marvin Margoshes, Dec 10, 2003
  4. R

    Matti Vuori Guest

    What on earth are you talking about? PSP has for years had fully adjustable
    So does PSP.
    You really should refrain from recommending as you clearly don't have the
    slightest clue of what PSP does and has and what not.
    Matti Vuori, Dec 10, 2003

  5. OK, no worries:

    I do not recommend PSP.

    Chris Robinson, Dec 12, 2003
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