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#1 Tyler

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 08:50 PM

Photoshop isn't the only image editing software on the web. If you are looking for alternatives this would be worth a read.

 

GIMP:

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Price: Free

Platform: Linux, Windows, Mac

 

 

PAINT.NET

 

Price: Free

Platform: Windows

 

Aperture:

 

Price: $79.99

Platform: Mac

 

 

*This list will always be updated when I have time to add to it. :)


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#2 Alyson Brimecombe

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 04:49 PM

Theres also Nik for Google $150.
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Posted 31 August 2013 - 05:05 PM

Yep, I'm a huge fan of Silver Efex Pro 2 (part of the Nik suite) and was fortunate enough to get the whole suite for free before Google bought it from Snapseed.



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 06:02 PM

Thanks guys, keep them coming and I will add them to the OP. :)


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Posted 31 August 2013 - 06:19 PM

I'd also like to mention Oloneo and their range of editing software, especially HDREngine:

 

http://www.oloneo.co.../hdrengine.html

 

I tried photomatix at first and didn't get along with it. I find Oloneo much easier to use and quicker. It also works in real time.... so as you move the sliders you can see their effect instantly. It might not be for everyone, but there is a free 30 day trial with no watermarking!

 

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 08:19 AM

If you're at a place and don't have access to install software, or would rather not and just need to do some quick editing, IMHO there is no better place than pixlr.com

 

I use pixlr.com ALL the time at work. It's the closest non-photoshop product I've used and it's free and runs right in the browser. Sure it's not as strong as photoshop, but the absolute essentials I need for any retouch are there.

 

I can't install any software to my work PC, so it's a real life saver.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 08:48 AM

If you're at a place and don't have access to install software, or would rather not and just need to do some quick editing, IMHO there is no better place than pixlr.com

 

 

Cool, I didn't know this site. Will check it out the next days!


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 10:33 AM

onOne software makes plug-in's that work in both LR and PS.

 

Topaz actually as an interface that allows photo editing from start to finish called photoFXlab.  It's pretty cool.  The plug-in's that it calls and uses can all be called and use from with in LR and PS as well.


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#9 Michael Kampmann

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 03:53 PM

On the mac there are pixelmator and acorn.

And for win and mac there is Photoline. It looks old :D but it has plenty of features



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:47 PM

you can get Photoshop CS2 for free now, you also get all the updates for new lenses


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 05:37 PM

What? That's amazing, I never knew that! I am a creative cloud subscriber, but I could put CS2 on my other PC's so I can have something to use.

 

Thanks for the heads up!



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 05:55 PM

you can get Photoshop CS2 for free now, you also get all the updates for new lenses

 

From where can I get it? or is this US/UK only?


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 06:05 PM

From where can I get it? or is this US/UK only?

 

I found this article from gizmodo. Following the link did get me to the CS2 download, of course after signing in to my adobe account

 

http://gizmodo.com/5...free-right-here


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 04:23 AM

I found this article from gizmodo. Following the link did get me to the CS2 download, of course after signing in to my adobe account

 

http://gizmodo.com/5...free-right-here

That's the link I used to get my copy for my 2nd PC :)

 

 

 


“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Only 6700 to go till I get the good one then :wacko:


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 04:58 AM

I am planning on buying an android tablet and was wondering if any one can recommend a good Photo editing software, this is my first introduction to Android so would appreciate the help, to save me purchasing rubbish software.

 

Scratch that just bought an Ipad :wacko: after saying for years I wouldn't go down that road.


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“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
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Only 6700 to go till I get the good one then :wacko:


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 09:36 PM

Just a note on Aperture.  

Rumor mill has it that 4.0 will be coming out soon, but as usual, Apple keeping a tight lid on when.

What is known is this: Apple doesn't give you credit if you buy 3.x one day and 4.0 releases the next day. You'd still have to pay for the upgrade. 

So, if you are considering Aperture, it might be worth it to wait.   

 

On the other hand, Aperture used to sell for $199, but apparently they are trying to give Adobe a run for their money in their competition with Lightroom, by dropping the price to $79.

So, even if you buy Aperture and a new version comes out soon thereafter, you're likely still ahead of the $199 that most of us originally paid for it. 



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 02:33 AM

Yeah, i bought Aperture 3 in the App Store, it's the only way to purchase it right now. There is no cd-version any more.

That's the reason why it is so cheap i think ... and because of competition.

I believe Apple will do the same with Aperture 4/X or whatever it will be called.



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:47 AM

Photography is a side hobby for me and pecuniary matters force me to take a "value-based" (cheapskate) approach.  I'm a big fan of GIMP.  The tools I like and use the most are:

 

1. Resynthesizer / Heal Selection - essentially the same as content aware fill in PS.

2. Wavelet Decompose - my go-to for skin smoothing, made me enjoy portraits much more.

3. G'MIC - the ultimate GIMP toolbox of filters, but the noise reduction is super useful.


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 03:24 AM

Back in June, Capture One 6 Express was FREE with a promotional code. I got it then and installed it.

It is kind of like Lightroom. I just checked though and the voucher code has expired...

 

Sorry...

Bummerz.



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 06:05 AM

As a matter of interest how dose CS2 compair to Elenents 10, I would imagine, but don't know, that Elements is better?

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