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09/18/2004 12:44:32 PM · #1
What are the more popular image editing software packages out there besides Adobe Photoshop and Paintshop Pro?
09/18/2004 12:46:26 PM · #2
There's GIMP 2.0, but I have not tried it yet.
09/18/2004 12:46:34 PM · #3
Until I got Elements, I had used Photoimact 7, but that was geared more towards graphic designing and digital art.

Message edited by author 2004-09-18 12:48:12.
09/18/2004 12:46:44 PM · #4
Painter 8 is quite nice. Capable of quite a bit and the latest version is much more intuitive than past ones. And no, it's not just for painting anymore.;) Even comes with PSD support.
09/18/2004 12:48:12 PM · #5
I use Gimp2 - love it :)
09/18/2004 12:49:22 PM · #6
What are some of the titles other than Adobe that are shipping with cameras these days?

09/18/2004 01:01:28 PM · #7
I'm slowly learning Photoshop but have used Microsoft Image Pro for awhile now. LINK
09/18/2004 01:09:56 PM · #8
Like Tranquil, I also started out with PhotoImpact before I got into Photoshop, but I never really felt comfortable with it. I haven't tried any other editing software, using Photoshop is a never ending learning process anyway and I'd rather stay with using one product properly than learning about other programs.
09/18/2004 01:12:43 PM · #9
Originally posted by kiwiness:

Like Tranquil, I also started out with PhotoImpact before I got into Photoshop, but I never really felt comfortable with it. I haven't tried any other editing software, using Photoshop is a never ending learning process anyway and I'd rather stay with using one product properly than learning about other programs.


Is that the Ulead Photoimpact software or something else?

09/18/2004 01:20:40 PM · #10
Originally posted by jmsetzler:

Is that the Ulead Photoimpact software or something else?


Yep Ulead. It has some good functions, especially some of the filters, but I find that it isn't as user friendly as Photoshop.
09/18/2004 01:23:34 PM · #11
i use corel photopaint. its not the easiest to work with, but i got used to it... and now i really like it
09/18/2004 01:40:55 PM · #12
I have Ulead PhotoImpact XL and I love it. I have ben using Ulead image software for years. It does a lot and cost a bunch less than PhotoShop.

James
09/18/2004 01:59:17 PM · #13
Another Gimp 2.0 user here. It's a great program, though it's missing some important Photoshop features such as 16-bit color support, color management, and adjustment layers. Hopefully the next major release will bring some of these features to the Gimp.
09/18/2004 02:17:50 PM · #14
I go way back with photoediting, but I'll start in the middle with PSP 4, then Ulead PhotoImpact 7, and now I swear by Photoshop Elements. I also use Breezebrowser for image conversion (but now that I have a DSLR I am trying out C1 LE.) I also use ThumbsPlus for cataloging.

I would like to get Adobe PS CS so I could take advantage of the 16 bit support, but it's pretty expensive! I wish they would let you update from PSe for under $200 and I would do it. If anyone knows of any legal/legitimate tricks to get the upgrade for cheap, let me know.
09/18/2004 02:25:58 PM · #15
I haven't had the time to get comfortable with PS Elements yet so I keep falling back to MS Digital Imagage Pro 9 for most of my work. I had ACDSee, but removed it from my system after too many issues with data corruption and replaced it with Breeze Browser for most of my viewing. I have a few other random applications for "fun", such as Virtualphotographer (SP?), etc. All kinds of "free" stuff came with various hardware products and books, but I also find it too confusing to try to use or learn them all. I wnat to transition into Elements "full time" eventually.
09/18/2004 02:34:35 PM · #16
1. Pass: iPhoto
2. Pass: GraphicConverter or Photoshop Elements (sometimes both)
09/19/2004 11:10:06 PM · #17
PhotoImpact is very nice as well.
09/21/2004 03:01:04 PM · #18
Im going to have to horn in as another gimp user here. Especially since adobe doesn't make photoshop for linux (and even if they did they would probably screw it up by making it a statically linked motif using pig like the acrobat reader)
09/26/2004 03:04:12 AM · #19
Which of these, or any not listed here, offer the best bang for the buck. Assuming the "buck" = <$100.
Thanks again
09/26/2004 03:05:00 AM · #20
I Use: Photoshop CS, IrfanView, and NoiseNinja.

Photoshop elements is a great piece of software and it's pretty cheap. It actually came free with my camera.

The Gimp is a pretty capable photo editor and it's free. There's a bit of a learning curve and it's not quite as user-friendly as Photoshop.

Message edited by author 2004-09-26 03:10:47.
09/26/2004 03:07:45 AM · #21
I can get CS for less than $100! Just kidding. Are those other programs pretty complete? (masking, cloning, overall editing?)
09/26/2004 03:13:16 AM · #22
Originally posted by nshapiro:

I go way back with photoediting, but I'll start in the middle with PSP 4, then Ulead PhotoImpact 7, and now I swear by Photoshop Elements. I also use Breezebrowser for image conversion (but now that I have a DSLR I am trying out C1 LE.) I also use ThumbsPlus for cataloging.

I would like to get Adobe PS CS so I could take advantage of the 16 bit support, but it's pretty expensive! I wish they would let you update from PSe for under $200 and I would do it. If anyone knows of any legal/legitimate tricks to get the upgrade for cheap, let me know.


I go back to Photoshop v4 and now using CS via upgrades.

As for legit and cheap upgrades, if you know a student or teacher you can have them purchase the software for you from online discounters or from their student stores. That's how I got a lot of my software and a laptop a while back.

PS: I also have nik Color Efex Pro 2.0, Dfine 1.0 and Sharpener Pro! All of them are nice plug-ins and I use Color Efex Pro 2.0 all the time.

Message edited by author 2004-09-26 03:15:23.
09/26/2004 04:27:42 AM · #23
Originally posted by MrAkamai:

As for legit and cheap upgrades, if you know a student or teacher you can have them purchase the software for you from online discounters or from their student stores. That's how I got a lot of my software and a laptop a while back.


This isn't legitimate unless you're a student or a teacher. It is still a violation of the EULA.
09/26/2004 06:14:29 AM · #24
Originally posted by Kylie:

I had ACDSee, but removed it from my system after too many issues with data corruption

What problems have you had, Kylie?
09/26/2004 06:17:10 AM · #25
Originally posted by DoFear:

PhotoImpact is very nice as well.


I also use Ulead PhotoImpact 7.0, but I am going to switch to Adobe Elements. I like the Ulead product, but for less than $100, go with Adobe.

I tried Microsoft Picture It!, but found it very slow, very large, and very limited. I used it have a dozen times and gave it to a friend of mine who wanted it.
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