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Digital photo editing software

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by Rollo Tamasey, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. I am unemployed now and looking for a job so I do not want to buy photo shop right now. On the Kim Komando shows websit:
    she has free photo editing software you can download. I am looking for software that can do more than getting red eye out of a portrait. I want something that I can use to hide blemishes on peoples face. Do any of you know if any of the ones on Camandos site that can do this or any ones I can buy that are cheaper than photo shop that will do this.

    Right now I just have the free basic Cannon software that came withthe camera.
  2. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Too bad you didn't provide a link to where she recommends those software packages. Her site is extensive.

    However, if you want a serious free photo editing software, you might try Gimp.

    If you do not mind spending $100, an even better move might be to buy Photoshop Elements, since it will help you learn the interface of the full-blown version and provide about 80% of the functionality you will ever use.

  3. MrsKitty


    Mar 23, 2003
    Are you interested in a tablet? You can get one with PSE for about the same price as PSE by itself. I picked one of these up as a Christmas present to myself a couple years ago and I *love* it. It's small but plenty big enough for my needs. I thought I would just throw this out there if you were going to buy PSE. :)


    The Bamboo Fun small for $99 comes with:

    Photoshop Elements 6.0 (4.0 for Mac)
    Nik Color Efex Pro 3
    Painter Essentials 3
  4. Thanks for the info guys. The esentials version of photo shop sounds like the way to go for one that you buy. I like the way it might help train you in the basics of the real photo shop.
  5. hatidua


    Nov 21, 2004
    right here
    I use NIK software a bunch in my retouching and manipulation of images. I think you can get a free 15-day trial of it before buying ( I think you'll need something in conjunction with it though, I use CS4 but I suspect other products will work.
  6. airmotive

    airmotive Tin Kicker

    Nov 19, 2007
    Debris Field
    Disclaimer - I've since bought the below-mentioned software!

    However, before purchasing, I downloaded a pirated version of Adobe Lightroom 2.3 via Bittorrent. Lightroom and Gimp keep me busy. I'm not sayin it's legal....I'm just sayin'....

    I simply cannot justify $1000 for full Photoshop CS4.
    If you have any friends who are still in college, they can purchase software at vastly reduced prices. It's the software equivalent of a straw purchase, only it's legal (but immoral).
  7. Glkster19


    May 12, 2001
    Lansing, MI

    I've found the student version is only able to be loaded on 1 computer only so make sure your friend doesn't want it also. My understanding is 1 title per student, ie. can't buy a copy for yourself and a copy for a friend. I wanted to buy 2 copies since I do editing on my desktop and on occasion my laptop. Double check that but it's what I've been hearing.
  8. My brother sent me a link to free photo software called Gimp. It looks good but I am still looking at the tutorials to learn how to use it now that I have it installed in my computer. Thanks for your input though.
  9. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Check the first reply to your original question.