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#1 Christer

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 04:15 AM

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Is there anyone (but me) using corel paintshop prox7 for postprocessing, can I do the same with this program as in Adobe lightroom? Has anyone been comparing theese two programs?

 

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 08:33 AM

PaintShop Pro (PSP) is usually compared to Photoshop, not Lightroom. Like Photoshop, it is an image editor meant to be used for very intense image editing, with layers, adjustment masks, etc. Lightroom is usually considered an organizer first, raw image handler second, and image editor third, but used for less extreme editing (like changing aspects of the entire image; for example, contrast).

There is a LOT of overlap with these programs, of course. I mean, some people do all their editing in Lightroom, while some do some in LR, then go over to Photoshop or PSP for more advanced manipulation.

You should think of PSP as Photoshop Elements on steroids, I think - more powerful than Elements, not as powerful as full-strength Photoshop.

Myself, I use just PSP (not Lightroom or Photoshop). If I want to do any Raw image manipulation, I usually use RawTherapee, then switch to PSP for further manipulation.
 

Edit: Corel has a product that is more like Lightroom: AfterShot Pro. It is a product that they acquired from another company (the way Corel acquired PSP from JASC a few years ago). Like PSP, AfterShot had a good reputation (it might have had a different name before; I'm not sure). So, the combo of AfterShot plus PSP would be very similar to Lightroom plus Photoshop.

 

As I said, I find PSP alone to be excellent for tweaking my photos. Add perhaps several Topaz plugins (Adjust, Detail, DeNoise) and you are cooking!


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Posted 27 December 2014 - 12:49 PM

Thanks for the clarification, turned out I got After Shot 2 with my PSP purchase, any idea what differs from After Shot Pro?



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Posted 27 December 2014 - 04:49 PM

AfterShot Pro has more power. There is a comparison chart on the Corel website if you go to the Aftershot page, about halfway down (a PDF). I tried to paste a link in here, but it didn't work. :(

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 09:27 AM

I came to Aftershot Pro and PaintshopPro  from lightrom and Photoshop because I found the learning curve on lightroom and photoshop overwhelming,  because I don't use it everyday It seemed like I was starting over every time I needed to use it .

 

I've  found  aftershot and paintshop pro easy to use and a lot less expensive . A big + is I haven't found the need to watch hours and hours of how to videos just to edit my photos.

   After saying all this I want to add that  I take photos for fun and I'm a long way from being professional .


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Posted 12 March 2016 - 03:11 PM

I use both AfterShot Pro 2 and PhotoShot Pro X8 rather than the Adobe photo editing produccts (I have licenses for those too). I much prefer the Corel products.

 

If you check the "No Reviews/books on Corel Software" topic you will find a long list of books and videos I identified, along with a review of PaintShop Pro compared with nine other products.


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Posted 13 March 2016 - 07:43 AM

I have also started using Corel AfterShot Pro 2 (for raw files) along with PaintShop Pro (for more extensive image editing). There is a good comparison of AfterShot vs Lightroom here:

 


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Posted 24 June 2016 - 09:41 PM

I have Aftershot Pro 3 and PaintSHop PRo 8X and like both a lot, much more budget minded than Adobe.  Only issue I had was not being able to edit directly form Aftershot to Paintshop Pro in the JPEG format, if you use the menu it can only be done in TIFF format, but I found that a simple preference hack fixed this I'm very happy with the results that I have been getting.



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Posted 11 July 2016 - 12:20 AM

PaintShop Pro X8 offered an SP2 patch a few months back. If you have installed that patch, you can run NIK Software (now free from Google) from within PaintShop Pro X8. Just add the folder for the NIK software to the Plug-In file folder locations in Preferences.






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