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Old February 15th 08, 06:50 PM posted to rec.photo.digital
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Hello,

Just wondered which image software people use to process their digital
photos. I know about Photoshop but can't afford it - is there a
cheaper alternative which does a more limited set of functions and is
cheap(er)?

Thanks,

Oaf
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Old February 15th 08, 07:33 PM posted to rec.photo.digital
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On Fri, 15 Feb 2008 10:50:49 -0800 (PST), "
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Hello,

Just wondered which image software people use to process their digital
photos. I know about Photoshop but can't afford it - is there a
cheaper alternative which does a more limited set of functions and is
cheap(er)?

Photoshop Elements is a scaled-down version of the full Photoshop.
For the average to even the above-average user, it's more than
adequate. The missing features are not critical to any but the more
advanced users with the exception of "Curves". There are adequate
work-arounds in Elements, though. It has some features not found in
the full version that make it advantageous to some.

It runs about $80 retail, but can be obtained for less. The current
version is 6.0, but the 5.0 version is almost the same package and
goes for much less.

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Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
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Old February 15th 08, 11:01 PM posted to rec.photo.digital
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Google for "Irfanview"


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Old February 16th 08, 12:15 AM posted to rec.photo.digital
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" wrote:

Just wondered which image software people use to process their digital
photos. I know about Photoshop but can't afford it - is there a
cheaper alternative which does a more limited set of functions and is
cheap(er)?


photoshop elements is very affordable (it's not likely you need the
full version), and it's often bundled with hardware. however, i find
adobe lightroom to be a fantastic way to manage huge libraries of
images, make adjustments and then output them to the web or printing.
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Old February 16th 08, 12:16 AM posted to rec.photo.digital
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On Fri, 15 Feb 2008 10:50:49 -0800 (PST), "
wrote:

Hello,

Just wondered which image software people use to process their digital
photos. I know about Photoshop but can't afford it - is there a
cheaper alternative which does a more limited set of functions and is
cheap(er)?

Thanks,

Oaf

Irfanware, with all the plug-ins, is pretty good,
so is Photofiltre and Rawtherapee can be used
on other image formats than just RAW,
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Old February 16th 08, 08:10 PM posted to rec.photo.digital
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H.S. wrote:
wrote:
Hello,

Just wondered which image software people use to process their digital
photos. I know about Photoshop but can't afford it - is there a
cheaper alternative which does a more limited set of functions and is
cheap(er)?

Thanks,

Oaf


Give GIMP a try, you will be pleasantly surprised. It is free and open
source.
http://gimp.org/

-HS

I use it. I like it. I only recommend it to very few people. Here is why.

It is not too user friendly. It is a diamond in the rough. It does not
have a good built in browser organizer. I does not seem to follow
standard windows (not MS Windows but windows ) conventions. It is
difficult to use. In Linux the printer dialogs are sort of convoluted
and you really need to spend time and money (print photo testing) to
know what you are doing. The crop tools and layers are no where as good
as Photoshop since you cannot go back and edit a layer.

The new versions do not come out frequently so it will be some time
before it begins to catch up. There are very few books on it and the
help system has no features. In HELP there is not search function, no
bookmarks and no way to change the print size. It is very rudimentary.

With all of that going against it the price (free) is right and it will
do the basic stuff. Once you bite the bullet and read the PDF manual
and spend a lot of time playing with it I think it is very good for
photo editing and it is my choice. I am hoping it just gets better.
 




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