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02/08/2012 11:54:04 AM · #1
G'day I'm looking for some editing software for a beginner but without forking out $1000+?
I had the photoshop 30 day trial which I was slowly learning to use some functions on but can't afford to buy outright
something like that.Any suggestions would be great thanks!
02/08/2012 11:56:55 AM · #2
Photoshop elements, or corel paint shop pro are both inexpensive and good. Then there's the gimp for free.
02/08/2012 11:58:32 AM · #3
I find Adobe Lightroom to be easy to learn. You can't do alot of the stuff you can do in Photoshop, but for basic tonal adjustments, spot editing, and filters, image printing/publishing, it works great. If you participate in the challenges, it seems to be fine for Basic and Advanced rules, but you might want photoshop for expert rules. It is $300 bucks.
02/08/2012 11:59:14 AM · #4
Hello,Photoshop Elements 10 can be had for about £60 here think it would be a great starting point.
02/08/2012 12:03:00 PM · #5
I use Corel Paintshop Pro. It is similar to Photoshop, though not identical, and can use most Photoshop compatible plugins. You can get last year's version for $15 at Purplus software or $26 for the Ultimate package

Added: Just noticed you are in Australia. Not sure about availability and shipping to there, but the current version can be purchased as a download. Current will be a little pricier than what I said above, but still affordable.

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02/08/2012 12:11:31 PM · #6
I have downloaded Gimp for windows and UFraw which are both free So far I am very pleased.
02/08/2012 12:19:09 PM · #7
I certainly endorse the use of GIMP and I'm using Photivo for RAW processing
02/08/2012 12:58:05 PM · #8
Freebie Imaging Software: The Big List (earlier thread)
02/08/2012 08:22:48 PM · #9
Thanks everyone for the quick responses,I'll look at all of these options and I should have some luck!
02/08/2012 08:37:11 PM · #10
I like Aperture 3 with Topaz plugins. Don't know if you are Mac or PC.
02/08/2012 08:41:57 PM · #11
Lightroom 3 plus Topaz. Very cost effective and I find quite powerful for my purposes.
02/09/2012 09:21:02 AM · #12
Originally posted by Kelli:

Photoshop elements, or corel paint shop pro are both inexpensive and good. Then there's the gimp for free.


Paint Shop Pro is what I would go with, if you're looking for something realitevly inexpenisve.

The first software I purchased was PhotoShop (can't remember the version, as it was many, MANY years ago). I am constantly upgrading to the newest edition... User of Photoshop CS5 extended right now (well... as soon as I get my new Mac I will install it).

Anyways... you can also testdrive Photoshop, using their 30 day trial... if it's a platform you enjoy, you can always buy an older edition until you are able to upgrade. :)
02/11/2012 08:41:03 AM · #13
Thanks again guys,I just downloaded gimp and that's perfect for where I'm at.I'll also have a look at the adobe Lightroom and elements pretty soon also.cheers
02/11/2012 03:23:36 PM · #14
See the other thread, I'd post the link buts it hard on the tablet. LR is $99 today. Well worth it.
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