Old 07-12-2018, 11:51 PM   #1
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Hello,
I have been using Picasa for a decade and am considering switching to another Photo Editing Software. What are good ones to use that aren't too expensive? One of the things that I want to improve with my photo editing software is sharpening. Thanks.
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:05 PM   #2
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Hello,
I have been using Picasa for a decade and am considering switching to another Photo Editing Software. What are good ones to use that aren't too expensive? One of the things that I want to improve with my photo editing software is sharpening. Thanks.
For most editing, fast efficacious and simple, I use ACDSee and I recomend it
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:46 PM   #3
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For most editing, fast efficacious and simple, I use ACDSee and I recomend it
First time I have heard of that editor, but it looks interesting. Which version?
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Pixlr is a free online editor but it has its limitations, Lightroom, while not free, is another good piece of software, I would highly recommend it.
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I use ACDSee Pro 2018. This is enough for most standard situations. That would be my best choice for basis photo editing software. Note that I am also using Photoshop CC and DXO Photolab. I also have Lightroom but I do not use it.
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I use Photoshop Elements. I believe they offer a trial version. Many how-to videos on YouTube.
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Some observations:
Elements- $70, 3 stars on Amazon
GIMP (disk)- $10.99, 4 stars on Amazon, "steep learning curve".
IrfanView- free, not full-featured, but has many uses. One-click sharpening.
SnagIt- moderate price, not quite full-featured, but can capture photos and videos no matter what the uploader did to discourage saving. Paint with any color, any opacity. Perspective correction. Variable sharpening. Cloning.
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Some observations:
Elements- $70, 3 stars on Amazon
GIMP (disk)- $10.99, 4 stars on Amazon, "steep learning curve".
IrfanView- free, not full-featured, but has many uses
SnagIt- moderate price, not full-featured, but can capture photos and videos no matter what the uploader did to discourage saving. Paint with any color, any opacity. Perspective correction.
You're not paying for GIMP, you're paying for the CD and for the fact it's on Amazon. The program is otherwise entirely free: https://www.gimp.org/downloads/

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You're not paying for GIMP, you're paying for the CD and for the fact it's on Amazon. The program is otherwise entirely free: https://www.gimp.org/downloads/

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I actually have the free GIMP on my computer, but the interface is so intimidating that I haven't tackled that steep learning curve yet!
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I use Lightroom most of the time. It's not that expensive ($150) and relatively intuitive. I've never had any formal training with it and consider myself relatively adept at using it.

I'm a little upset with Adobe for no longer allowing folks to BUY any particular version of it. This endless subscription concept is about as attractive my monthly cable TV bill for TV I hardly watch, but at least not as expensive. I just don't appreciate the concept of having to send X dollars a month to someone for the rest of my natural life.
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Old 08-31-2018, 12:18 PM   #11
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Again, thanks guys. How is Paint Shop Pro? Iím looking into that. Iím also going to consider Gimp, Lightroom, and some others.
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I've been using RawTherapee and Darktable, both of which are free and open source. I'm running them on Linux, but they also run on Windows and macOS.
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My primary photo processing program is the full bore Photoshop which is expensive, and no only available by subscription. But when I travel I use Photoshop Elements on my laptop, and for most normal image processing there is little difference. The only time where I think Elements falls short is in color correction, where full PS has some much better tools. But in my experience color correction is mostly useful if you are processing old slides. The modern digital originals are usually so good that they need little if any color correction, and what little they might need is handled well by Elements. I think at around $80 Elements is a real bargain.
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