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    I have several freebe photo programs I have used to work on my photos but I am about ready to get a serious photo prg to start using. All you Photo bugs out there what do you use and why?

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  • #2
    Originally posted by ldl View Post
    I have several freebe photo programs I have used to work on my photos but I am about ready to get a serious photo prg to start using. All you Photo bugs out there what do you use and why?

    Later
    Dewayne
    I have used Adobe Photoshop Elements for many years. Got started as a downgraded version was included on a new Dell. It does everything I want to do, is reasonably priced, and the learning curve for photo editing programs is too steep for me to try to learn something else.
    Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jfrow2 View Post
      I have used Adobe Photoshop Elements for many years. Got started as a downgraded version was included on a new Dell. It does everything I want to do, is reasonably priced, and the learning curve for photo editing programs is too steep for me to try to learn something else.
      I have photo shop as well, got it with my camera. Still have not figured out all the stuff it will do
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      • #4
        Originally posted by ldl View Post
        I have several freebe photo programs I have used to work on my photos but I am about ready to get a serious photo prg to start using. All you Photo bugs out there what do you use and why?

        Later
        Dewayne
        What is it you're wanting to do?

        If you want a lot of editing functionality for free and don't mind a bit tedious user interface, I recommend giving GIMP a shot.
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        • #5
          I have been using the free versions of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements. Been thinking about buying a program like Corel or something not as expenxive as Adobe.
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          • #6
            I want something user friendly and with not to many exotic features.
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            • #7
              What do you want it to do? I assume crop, resize, color correct....the basics.

              Elements is a very powerful program and reasonably priced for what you get. It does 80% of what Photoshop does, once you remove the ability to work in the CMYK color space (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). Photographers don't use CMYK, they use RGB (Red, Green, Blue). RGB is additive, CMYK is subtractive. Only offset printers use CMYK. Elements doesn't recognize the CMYK color space. I know - :Scratch-Head::Scratch-Head::Scratch-Head:

              So, back to reality! :snapshot:

              Even Elements has more than 90% of people will want to use, however, it's relatively simple to learn. I'm sure there are good, simpler programs for less money, I just don't know what they are.

              I live in Photoshop, but I'm a professional shooter and it's what I know.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by PhotoJoe View Post
                Even Elements has more than 90% of people will want to use, however, it's relatively simple to learn. I'm sure there are good, simpler programs for less money, I just don't know what they are.

                I live in Photoshop, but I'm a professional shooter and it's what I know.
                Simple to learn???????? Maybe for you, but not for me. I would agree it is simple if you use just the automated features, but when you go beyond that and do manual editing, especially with layers, it does get a little difficult.

                If anyone still has Windows XP, MS PictureIt is a great program but, it does not work well with Vista.
                Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

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                • #9
                  jfrow wrote:
                  If anyone still has Windows XP,
                  I'll never give up my XP. (at least until Windows 7 is debugged)

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                  • #10
                    The best photo editing software I've used that's really simple for all the basics is PhotoImpact by Ulead. I'm sure it'll do everything you want to do and more and it's the best user interface I've used.

                    Highly recommended.

                    If you want free there's always IrfanView.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PhotoJoe View Post
                      Elements is a very powerful program and reasonably priced for what you get. It does 80% of what Photoshop does, once you remove the ability to work in the CMYK color space (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). Photographers don't use CMYK, they use RGB (Red, Green, Blue). RGB is additive, CMYK is subtractive. Only offset printers use CMYK. Elements doesn't recognize the CMYK color space.
                      you lost me on CMYK:Scratch-Head:ccrash:
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tluxon View Post
                        If you want free there's always IrfanView.
                        I take a lot of photos at work and have found Irfanview does a great job. I've tried other programs and keep coming back to Irfanview.

                        It is pretty simple to use. But, you can do some complex stuff with it.

                        Check it out.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by drfife View Post
                          I take a lot of photos at work and have found Irfanview does a great job. I've tried other programs and keep coming back to Irfanview.

                          It is pretty simple to use. But, you can do some complex stuff with it.

                          Check it out.

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                          add me in support of Russell's recommendation .... on TV there is a commercial where they say it is so easy a caveman can do it .... this program is so simple that even I can do it .... the message is pretty much the same

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                          • #14
                            I guess you guys though I abandon this thread but I didn't. Last week was a busy one. Worked late a couple of days. That is very unusual for us. Friday my GS had his tonsils and adenoids removed and one of his eardrums patched where a tube put in about 2 yrs ago didn't come out. He is ok now.

                            I have Irferview and used it to make the panorama in my sig but haven't done anything else with it. Actually haven't done anything with any pictures in a while. I have been just downloading them into my computer and going back later when I think of it and sort them to their respective directories.

                            I also downloaded GIMP but havent had a chance to even open it.

                            You guys made me start thinking. I don't really know what I want to do with them.
                            I probably got all I need already just need to use it. :whistle:

                            Before my computer got the virus and I had to start over I had downloades several vidioes from my camcorder and was trying to edit them but when I went to make the movie I didn't have room to process it and because of memory issues I deleted them figuring I could start over when I got my computer back up. I havent got around to that eather. There goes that round tuet again. :doh:
                            I bought a 650g external HD so I now have the storage necessary to do this.

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                            • #15
                              I download with Nikon's program because it keeps all pics sequentially numbered and all the exif info from first day I got the camera.

                              I almost exclusively shoot in raw and use Raw Shooter to pre-process and convert to Paint Shop Pro for final processing, (very similar to Photo Shop which I would rather have but not willing to start over learning a new program yet).

                              I save most files in NEF, (Nikons raw), Tiff lossless, jpeg for posting, and Paint Shop for later reworks or printing.

                              This takes up a lot of drive space but I don't have to go back later and try to recreate something I did two years ago to print it.

                              Also I use a 19 inch 22 dot pitch Trinitron CRT flatscreen monitor for processing instead of the LCD screen I useually use for everything else.

                              I use ACD SEE for a viewer as it is much faster than the other programs I use for processing.

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