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A good photo program

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Nedreplan

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#1
I am about to get myself a photo program... something I can use to fix, edit and work with my digital shots, and scanning.

Nothing too fancy.. just basic, but good, that does not flush my bank account :rolleyes:

Any good ideas?......
 

Lighter

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#3
Try Adobe's Photoshop Elements 2.0. It's nowhere near as functional as the full-blown Photoshop 7, but it's a fraction of the cost ($99 US) and pretty good for basic editing. You can download the trial version from adobe.com to see if it suits your needs. Also take a look at Photoshop Album. It has very basic editing tools but it's a neat little app (~$50 US).

I'm an adobe freak but...

Also check out Photoimpact at ulead.com (trial download available). It's a powerful package, something I started out with when I first became interested in graphic design --and still dabble with on occasion. It sells for about $85 US. In terms of power/functionality, I'd rate it 3 steps below Photoshop. It has many of Photoshop's tools and features (including layering) but lacks 3rd party plugin/filter support and file type support is more limited than the high-end titles.
 

muzikool

Act your wage.
Political User
#4
I agree with Lighter. Photoshop Elements is excellent for digital photo editing. It should do everything you want.
 

Elroy Jetson

Little Dipper School
#5
i use paintshop pro from JASC . it works like a charm for me, and is around the $100 mark, i think. you can also get a trial version from the web site.

ACDSee is also a good program, but mainly for viewing photos. to me, it is like a photo album software. get it from ACDSystems get a trial, and full version for only $50.

Cheers, EJ
 
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Goldsmith

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#6
I use and love adobe photoshop elements, it came free with my "onetouch 8920" scanner. I've seen it for sale for prices from around $40, to about $80. Shop around a bit.

Another goody, that is absolutely free, is xnview, from;

http://www.xnview.com

It handles more image types, than I ever knew existed, as well as playing a few media types.
 

muzikool

Act your wage.
Political User
#7
Not sure if you're interested in a program to organize your pics, but Adobe Photoshop Album is also something you might consider. It's a newer application from Adobe, and aside from managing and archiving your pictures, it borrows some good editing features from Photoshop, such as: red-eye removal, cropping, resizing, and some other effects. I think it's only around $50 too, so not a bad deal for all that.
 
#8
jeez... seems adobe are going to release more photoshop versions than microsoft have done of windows xp!

for a cheap graphics package, I would recommend photoshop elements (like everyone else) or paint shop pro. Alternatively, theres always the trusty "Microsoft Paint" :p
 

PurplePatch

OSNN Junior Addict
#9
Just another Photoshop recommendation here. I've used Ulead PhotoImpact for years and always thought Photoshop a little deep and difficult until a friend of mine started to guide me through some of the wonders of this fantastic program. PhotoImpact is still much easier but Photoshop is the absolute mutt's 'nads.
 
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Goldsmith

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#10
If you're looking for open source, try "Gimp" for windows.

http://www2.arnes.si/~sopjsimo/gimp/

The learning curve is a bit steep, even more than the offerings from adobe, but the capabilities are pretty incredible.

I find the interface pretty similar to "photoshop elements", with palettes, and such. You can make custom scripts, and brushes, also.

I think, but am not certain, there are several online community sites dedicated to this app.
 

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