What photo editing software?

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by chris, Sep 29, 2003.

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    chris Guest

    I have been using a basic photo editing package for 4 years. It came free
    with an old scanner and is Corel Photo House 2.
    Now I really need something more modern with more functions but not too
    many!
    I have been offered a prog from Serif for £4-95. PC World had a special
    offer of Roxio Photo Suite 5 (with free scanner) for £50. Adobe sells
    packages for hundreds of pounds. It all seems too complicated to decide
    unless you know each package.
    Can anyone recommend an EASY TO USE package that isn't too complicated yet
    is able to perform a few neat 'tricks'.
    And why are there not any magazines just comparing software programmes?
    Any advice appreciated.
     
    chris, Sep 29, 2003
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    Tim Hobbs Guest

    I like PaintShop Pro 8. Adobe Photoshop Elements is also popular, but
    as a PSP user I found the interface frustrating when I tried it
    (mostly due to lack of familiarity).

    My Missus uses Photoshop professionally and can do wonderful things
    with it, but that's big bucks and for many users will have too many
    features getting in the way.

    If all you want to do is crop, resize, alter contrast / brightness etc
    then find someone with an oldish free CD from a computer magazine.
    Even paintshop pro 3 could do all that, and it was shareware in those
    days (no licence fees to enter and so on) and was included in just
    about every cover CD in the land.

    I think the digital photo magazines frequently have trial versions of
    the current packages on cover CD's - try them out for free for a month
    or so and see how you get on.



    Tim Hobbs
     
    Tim Hobbs, Sep 29, 2003
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    Steve Reeves Guest

    Hi there,
    Well I use Paint Shop Pro v8 as it is very capable and doesn't cost as
    much as Photoshop which I believe is the daddy!

    Also, this months DigitalCamera Magazine has just come out (got my copy
    today as a subscriber so it may be a day or two before it hits the
    shops) and has a full copy of PhotoImpact 6 on the cover disc. Never
    used the software myself but I hear quite good things - probably worth a
    look for the cost of the magazine. The mag is actually very good IMO -
    better than the others and has tutorials for Photoshop and Paint Shop
    Pro mainly.

    Best of luck
     
    Steve Reeves, Sep 29, 2003
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    Jon Combe Guest

    There is a free version of Serif Photo Plus (version 5.5) to download
    from http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/ so I'd suggest giving that a go
    before paying any money (in fact it might well be the same software you
    were offered).

    There is also a Windows version of the GNU Image Manipulation program
    (The GIMP) from http://www.gimp.org . It's well featured but not
    especially easy to use. The Windows version did suffer stability problems
    the last time I used it too, but it could be worth a look.

    Jon.
     
    Jon Combe, Sep 29, 2003
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    Dave B Guest

    All the cheaper applications do *some* things very well indeed (e.g.
    Photosuite does panoramic stitching very well) but may be limited in
    other areas. For best compromise between cost and functionality then the
    choice IMHO is between PhotoShop Elements (£50 or less) and Paint Shop
    Pro (£90 or less). I've use both and have a preference for PSP, but it's
    a personal thing. Elements 2.0 has become very popular as it is bundled
    with a lot of cameras.
    Some do concentrate more on the image editing side of things rather than
    endless reviews of the latest little silver boxes on the market. I find
    that Digital Photo has consistently good articles / exaples / exercises
    and covers PS, PS Elements + PSP

    Dave
    (to email first remove your pants - if ou get my drift)
     
    Dave B, Sep 29, 2003
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    chris Guest

    Many thanks for all your replies. Very helpful indeed.
    Looks like I will try Elements 2. Cheers Chris
     
    chris, Sep 30, 2003
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    Rod Guest

    Have a look at http://www.dl-c.com first.

    Rod
     
    Rod, Oct 2, 2003
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