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Buy Photoshop??

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Romadoc, Dec 17, 2004.

  1. Romadoc


    Aug 26, 2000
    Sarasota, FL
    I would like something to sharpen up or correct my digital photos. Have no experience with Photoshop and no idea of which version to get. Perhaps there might be some other product to serve a rank amateur. I have no pretensions of being either the great photographer or designer. Just want to have some fun and improve shots of grand-kids and vacations. Perhaps this thread would be better in "Non-Glocking". Suggestions please.
  2. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

    Oct 23, 2001
    HotLanta, GA
    If I remember correctly there is a program on the Linux side of things called GIMP.

    Pretty much a Photoshop replacement. But since I am not a picture editing guru I cannot comment on whether or not it does.

    I know one thing for sure, you better read the manual. you can dowload it from thier website.

    They have made a Windows port of it but you have to install some toher programs to get it to run.

    Have fun.

  3. Wulfenite

    Wulfenite The King

    I have heard that Photo Shop Elements has most of the features of the full version of PS that most non-professionals actually need/use....... at a more reasonable price.
  4. I bought a discontinued scanner.It wasn't a cheap one but the clearance price was $30.It included a light version of Adobe Photoshop.Also make sure the version you get works with your OS.The latest version doesn't work with many older versions of Windows.The previous version works with all Windows including XP.
  5. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    I use both GIMP on Windows (and Linux) and Photoshop. For the tasks described by the original poster, GIMP is certainly more than adequate (it is very competent, in fact). For anything that requires work with colorspaces, GIMP and Photoshop are in different leagues.

    Oh, GIMP is free.
  6. bobby_w

    bobby_w Alienigena Platinum Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    South of Houston
    Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 is an excellent and mature entry level photo/imaging tool. It will do more when your ready.

    Can be had for a fair price, Amazon being one one of them.

    Photo Shop Elements 3 on Amazon
  7. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

  8. gamegod86

    gamegod86 Male Lesbian

    Feb 24, 2003
    Middle Tennessee, USA
    GIMP is definitely worth looking into.

    This links to GIMP for Windows. (although that may seem an oxymoron to some...)

    It seems to do most of the basic things that Photoshop does.

    Free is good.
  9. Furant

    Furant Millennium Member

    Oct 14, 1999
    Roswell, GA
    GIMP will definitely do what you need. However, it is not the most user-friedly program in the world if you're not already an expert in digital image manipulation.

    I would highly recommend either Photoshop Elements or JASC's PaintShop Pro. Both can be had for under $100 and are worth their money - I would actually lean more towards Paintshop Pro as it is more powerful.

    Finally, if all you want to do is crop, resize, gamma correct, red-eye reduction, and basic filters, IrfanView is free, user-friendly and the best image viewer around.

  10. prism

    prism more ammo

    Sep 26, 2002
    check ebay for "photoimpact" software.

    I have version 6, and like it. versions 7 and 8 would be more recent and have more features, I suppose.
  11. morpheusfx


    Dec 17, 2003
    Hudson Valley NY
    older versions of photoshop can be had on auction sites for nearly nothing.
    Most of the great stuff photoshop has to offer, minus of course the new additions, super cheap price.
  12. Just so you have an alternative POV Jasc Paint Shop Pro IMHO is more intuitive, cheaper and suitable for image processing
  13. Tvov


    Sep 30, 2000
    Did your computer come with any programs to work with photos? We use Photoimpression 4, it came with our Gateway. Works fine, and we can do all sorts of things with photos. Dig through the programs on your computer, you may have a photo program already. Also, if you are using a digital camera, did it come with a photo editing program? Many do. For basic photo stuff, there are a ton of free programs floating around.

    If you want to get fancy, buying a program is certainly worth it.
  14. Locke


    Oct 11, 2002
    Personally, I use Paint Shop Pro by Jasc.