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#21 Chad Bailey

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 08:47 AM

I would say there is too much separation between the two softwares to compare unfortunately.

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 07:14 AM

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

CS2 has many more adjustment layers and real curves, unlike pse. However, pse10 has content aware cloning/healing which is a real plus.


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.



Those are definite must have plug ins if you use GIMP. You might want to try FX Foundry's script package too.

There is a guy who has the software and plug ins nicely packaged together if you want a simple download. Just go to partha.com. I wish they would come out with GIMP 3 already, which is supposed to be a massive overhaul and upgrade to its power.

Btw, Photivo is a great RAW processor, and is free and works well with GIMP.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 10:45 AM

From this month's issue of Popular Photography:

  • Apple iPhoto – free with Mac; $15 iLife
  • Google Picasa – free
  • Windows Photo Gallery – free
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 – $100
  • Corel PaintShop Pro X6 – $100
  • The GIMP –free
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 – $150–300
  • Corel AfterShot Pro – $100, but frequently rebated to $50
  • Apple Aperture 3 – $80
  • Phase One Capture One Pro – $300


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 08:40 PM

 

From this month's issue of Popular Photography:

 

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  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 – $100

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FYI - It's down to $60 now on Amazon



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 05:27 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.

 

I use the same one at work as well, and yes it works very well considering its free and online.


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Posted 14 September 2013 - 02:32 PM

FYI - It's down to $60 now on Amazon


I wonder if that means PSE 12 is coming out.

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 03:52 PM

I wonder if that means PSE 12 is coming out.

Based on their release cycles, that's a pretty safe bet. 



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 12:28 AM

I'm going to throw one into the ring here. Pixelmator this is a really nicely engineered piece of software and a decent support site to help get you started (apple only though). Quite surprisingly only $15 bucks this is a steal I paid $40 about 2 years ago.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 04:44 AM

Another one worth a look is ACDSee, i used it years ago for a while and hadn't checked it out for a long time, i was pleasanty suprised by what it's offering , and it's one i now use from time to time. :)



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 12:17 PM

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

well CS2 to CS6 are worlds apart so you can imagine  Elenents 10 will be way infront, but as I have never used  Elenents Im not sure 100% but there is an advantage over all other adobe software .......


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 07:47 AM

A free Raw editing program is RAWTHEAPEE

 

here is the link to their blog

 

http://rawtherapee.com/downloads


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 07:20 PM

RawTherapee is quite good and I used to use it, but once I tried Photivo, also free, I thought that there was no contest in favor of Photivo.

 

 

BTW. I just looked at RawTherapee for the first time in about 2 years.  Looks like they've made a lot of progress.  



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 02:51 PM

I had to look for an alternative.  I have photoshop for a Mac on my main comp, but my laptop is windows, and you are not allowed to upload to 2 different platforms.  Photoshop is far to expensive expensive to buy it twice!



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 11:45 AM

A free Raw editing program is RAWTHEAPEE

 

here is the link to their blog

 

http://rawtherapee.com/downloads

 

A free Raw editing program is RAWTHEAPEE

 

here is the link to their blog

 

http://rawtherapee.com/downloads

I have used that a lot. It's nearly as good as lightroom and does most of the lightroom does and some things that Lightroom doesn't do, and it's free.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 12:33 PM

I just downloaded RawTherapee for the first time since it's 2.4 (or something like that) release....it's into the 4's now.  They've made great strides and it looks like a nice Raw processor.  If someone is looking for a free alternative to LR, give this a try.  But, I would also suggest giving Photivo (Photivo.org) a try.  It is very, very powerful and is jam packed with creative filters that even LR doesn't have.  What these don't have that give LR such a big advantage is the ability to apply local edits in a robust way.



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 12:55 PM

I just downloaded RawTherapee for the first time since it's 2.4 (or something like that) release....it's into the 4's now.  They've made great strides and it looks like a nice Raw processor.  If someone is looking for a free alternative to LR, give this a try.  But, I would also suggest giving Photivo (Photivo.org) a try.  It is very, very powerful and is jam packed with creative filters that even LR doesn't have.  What these don't have that give LR such a big advantage is the ability to apply local edits in a robust way.

Gotta be worth a try, so i'me downloading it.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:30 PM

Gotta be worth a try, so i'me downloading it.

Once you give it a shot, let us know what you think.  I think it is a powerhouse, but it can be intimidating at first since it has so many options.



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Posted 14 November 2013 - 04:36 PM

Once you give it a shot, let us know what you think.  I think it is a powerhouse, but it can be intimidating at first since it has so many options.

I had a go, it's like when you first use lightroom or some other software, it takes a while before you adapt and can make the most of it. All software seems to do things slightly differently i've noticed, like the contrast fader in GIMP has a different effect than the contrast fader in lightroom etc.



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Posted 14 November 2013 - 04:55 PM

I am patiently waiting for Aperture 4/X or whatever it is called. I sincerely hope they add layers. If not I may go for Lightroom then I can follow Tony's editing! I have Elements 11 which I downloaded from Amazon for £32 about 6 months ago and it was great value. Apparently Amazon run this offer every now and then so if you are interested it would be worth checking....it only runs for a short while.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 03:30 PM

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

better at what, specifically? I am not a Photoshop user but PSE10 has some nice features. Are you interested in organizing, retouching, manipulating....?



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