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There are so many different products out there and vary quite vastly in price and ease of use that choosing the right one can be a costly exercise. Which product do you use and would you recommend it ?
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Lightroom and I would recommend it.
I use Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 Ultimate and find it very easy to use now. At first, like most things, I found it a little tricky to get the hang of.
It is a ' watered down ' version of Photoshop but has all the elements I require to edit my images and get creative if I so require. I found using Layers a challenge at first but soon got the hang of it. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something cheap that includes most of the elements of the more expensive software.
If you have a Mac, Aperture 3 is very good and is about £10 cheaper than Element 12.
Aperture 3 is easy to use and gives good results.
Your choice depends on your experience with post production software and the amount of money you are prepared to spend.
Quote: Lightroom and I would recommend it.
Then finish off in Photoshop (CS6).
aperture 3 ! its very user friendly
Lightroom5 then Photoshop Elements (rarely these days)
Quote: I use Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 Ultimate
If you like the X2 version, Your gonna love the X6 version, Seems Corel have finally sorted the bugs in the previous samples, I have been running it in trial mode, Looking for a sensible alternative to full on Photoshop, That lets face it has more stuff than is required for pure photo editing, Let alone the price tag.
Anyhow we have been testing Paint Shop Pro X6 alongside several other photo editing software's, ie: Full on Photoshop, Elements 12, We also use Lightroom & Phase Ones Capture One 7 Pro, However LR & C1/7 Pro are more geared towards the professional end, thus not a general roustabout editing suite.
So how does PSP X6 stand up against the Adobe products, Well our hands on testing would suggest its every bit as good as Elements, For pure photo editing its probably just as good as Photoshop, In fact it is more photo orientated than Photoshop which is really an image processing plant, Great if you do a lot of magazine work and the like, So maybe your rates will more than justify the expense.
Sure Elements in whatever flavour is a good alternative, Again this is more a photo editing product specific.
To answer your question though, We use Phase Ones Capture One 7 Pro alongside Lightroom for pure photography, Then if we want to mangle the data further, We shove it through Photoshop and let rip, Tis odd that rip and " R I P " are similar as this is often the outcome.
There are many alternatives appearing on the market almost daily, Methinks they have spotted a wee opening in the market since Adobe has boldly gone all cloudy on us.!!!!!!!
The cloudy thing is why we are testing all the alternatives, When time permits....
Lightroom - better than Aperture (and I'm a Mac user!)
I`ve just built a new PC and Since Adobe and AMD are now working together it had to be Photoshop CC and Lightroom.
Photoshop is nicely accelerated.
Lightroom 4 and OnOne.
I'm using Lightroom 4. Started off using photoshop elements but once you get your brain around it Lightroom is great. Unless you need to do fancy editing I think it will handle most photos taken in raw or JPEG
Lightroom 4.4 & Elements 12
Lightroom 5 with Silver Effex and Elements 12
Perfect combination for me who is not interested in manipulation and design.
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