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Advise on what photo imaging software to buy


mumooz 4 3 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2010 12:02PM
Hi everyone, i've been taking photos with my SLR now for about a year and think its about time i get some decent software, as im thinking about trying to sell some photos just locally. I'm using a Sony A300 which I love. I have heard that Photoshop software is good, what's everyones opinion? I cant afford to spend hundereds so looking for something thats affordable, or the most i can get for my money. I still consider myself a beginner so easy to use software is important, I welcome any advise so look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks people and enjoy your weekend

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RipleyExile 11 1.6k 17 England
19 Feb 2010 12:14PM
Photoshop Elements will have most , if not everything that you will need for photo editing and it's much cheaper than the full Photoshop. Even more affordable is GIMP as it's free and apparently it's very good (it's like Elements). There are plenty of tutorials in the technique and video section on here.
mumooz 4 3 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2010 12:15PM
Thanks Zander, is there any version of elements you would recommend?
colmar 7 42 35 Scotland
19 Feb 2010 12:18PM
Elements 8 is out now and can be had for around 80 .... it is a grand editing programme and will cover most if not all eventualities for you Colin
RipleyExile 11 1.6k 17 England
19 Feb 2010 12:20PM
I've got full Photoshop so I've never looked at Elements or GIMP. Maybe someone else can advise if you can't decide from looking at the feature list of the various versions.
cattyal e2
9 6.4k 6 England
19 Feb 2010 12:23PM
Paint Shop Pro is also excellent. I reckon your options are Paint Shop Pro (I'd not go any more recent than X2), Elements (an earlier version will cost less and be perfectly adequate) or GIMP which of course is free.

Probably the best option is to download trial versions and give them a go - and bear in mind that there are users of all three on here so there is bound to be someone that can help in times of crisis Smile
mcgovernjon 6 138 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2010 2:19PM
In theory, GIMP has everything most people need, but in reality, it's a waste of time IMO because everything is so difficult and annoying to use. (but that might be because I'm so used to Photoshop)
Jestertheclown 6 6.6k 242 England
19 Feb 2010 3:16PM
I sometimes use GIMP portable if I'm not at home and as Jon says, trying to work it out is a strange experience especially after CS2 which I normally use.
If you want something that's a match for Elements and better than GIMP, find a copy of Serif PhotoPlus. Old versions can be had for free online and more recent (not the most recent) versions can be had for very little money.
A friend of mine recently bought PhotoPlus X2 from Serif themselves for 13.00.
I've had a copy of that since it came out and it's pretty good.
I believe X3 is available now but if it will cost closer to 60.00 and I'm not sure it's that much better. As cattyal says re. Elements; an older version will be good enough.
Have a look on Amazon.
Jester.
mumooz 4 3 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2010 3:43PM
Thanks for all your advise, I have just down loaded GIMP, and have managed to re-size photos and try out some of the effects, works great so thank you
ellis rowell 10 2.0k United Kingdom
19 Feb 2010 11:15PM
I have used The Gimp for several years now, it is very versatile. If you are not conversant with the paid for software and are starting from scratch it should be no more difficult to learn.
pennyspike 11 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2010 11:23PM
Plenty of Gimp techniques on here link
Toonman 7 1.4k 2 England
20 Feb 2010 7:40AM
I find The Gimp very heavy going but, many peopple swear by it. Why not try Paint.net it is free, easy to use but, has every tool you could want. Personally if you can afford it I would go for Elements 7 or 8.

Adam
thewilliam 6 4.8k
20 Feb 2010 1:42PM
Full Photoshop has many facilities that even professional snappers never use. I bought it because it's the industry standard and I depend on it for my living. Later versions often have useful features: I use CS2, upgraded fron version 7, and I wouldn't want to go back.

When we buy any piece of kit or software, we can never know exactly what we're going to use it for. Sensible people just keep their options open by buying well.

You have to be rich to buy cheap
Overread 6 3.9k 18 England
20 Feb 2010 1:51PM
But you have to be very rich to buy the full Photoshop Tongue
I would also argue that such a large sum of money is not the best investment for a beginner or early level photographer - I would far rather put that money toward a really good lens/tripod/filters/etc... ie good quality products that help you capture the image. You can always edit an image at a later date if you get better editing tools (as well as editing skills) but you can't go back an retake an image that you missed because you didn't have the right gear.

Get the shot first then worry about editing it. That is not discounting editing as a part of the photographic process its mearly saying that its dependant upon having the image to start with.

Elements will do a lot for you - it is hobbled and many of the advanced tricks can't be easily or well done with it (which is one reason I hate many photoshop mags and articles because they are always made with full photoshop interface and features). However you can still do a lot of what is needed with the program. Further there are some good free addons and also 3rd party packages that you can add to the setup that will serve you well. (we have a thread around here somewhere that details some of these addons)
Saxon Marsh 11 290 England
20 Feb 2010 1:51PM
You could try this, its free and quite powerful, and simple to use

paint.net


Keith

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