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radicallyfree
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 Posted June 20th, 2008 06:18 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
For those of you who do a lot of photo editing, what program do you use and what do you like/dislike about it?

I thought this might have been discussed on here before but I couldn't seem to find where. I would really like to get a good editing program and have no idea where to start looking. I have downloaded the free Picasa program, but it doesn't have all the options I would like to have.

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The only thing I have used besides my original Windows Photo Gallery that came with the computer, is the program that came with my camera, Kodak Easy-Share. It doesn't have just tons of options, but I can crop, change to sepia tone or black & white, adjust the exposure, things like that. I'm not real big into photography, so maybe that's why I haven't needed or wanted anyhting else!
  
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 Posted June 21st, 2008 05:04 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I use Microsoft Digital Image Editor. I really like it and it has a lot of options. We chose that because the trial version came with our computer and so we could see all the options it had. I don't do enough of photo editing that I know what I dislike or like about it.
Well, wait... one thing is that I can't seem to be able to make my picture into an oval or rounded corners, or some things like that. It has some really weird shapes, but then not the basic shapes.

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madisonsmom
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 Posted June 23rd, 2008 08:34 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I have a few different ones. Picasa is free, I have it but like you said, very basic.

I also use Microsoft Picture It . It comes with most computers, not this one though, so I bought it on ebay for a dollar. It has quite a few options and fairly simple to figure out. I used it for awhile and really liked it. It has everything from Auto Levels, exposure, resizing and saturation to text, cropping, edges, collages, you can do calendar pages, start with a blank sheet, I even scrapbooked with it a few times.

Then there is Adobe Elements, which I have too. It can be complicated to figure out initially but also very, very useful once you know what your doing, which I don't completely yet. If you want to do a lot of photoshopping, get something like this!

Or you can get really big time and spend lots of money and buy Adobe CS3 and then spend then next month figuring out how to use it. I would love to, but money (and time) does not permit. I just googled it and the lowest I saw was $$$$$$$$$$549!

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 Posted June 23rd, 2008 09:20 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I agree, Photoshop Elements is quite awesome, and if you don't want to spend gobs of money, you can get version 5 for a really good price now that version 6 is out. If you really want to figure stuff out fast, I highly recommend getting one of Scott Kelby's books (he has ones for different versions of Elements). We have his Photoshop Elements 5 book, and it has unlocked all kinds of mysteries for me that I used to wonder how people did. He really helps you to get the most out of the program, while keeping it simple. I love his shortcuts! Once you figure out how to use layers, there are so many options as to what you can do. I like the organizational features of Elements too.
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 Posted June 23rd, 2008 11:27 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I need to get one of his books. I have Elements 6 and I have a feeling I am not utilizing most of the tools on it.
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 Posted June 23rd, 2008 06:33 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I've done some research on the Photoshop Elements and I think it sounds very nice. I'll have to wait and see how much birthday money I get this year. My sister has the Anniversary Edition. I wonder what the differences are between that and the other versions. I also really like the idea of getting the instruction book. I do much better with "instructions" than I do figuring things out on my own.
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 Posted June 23rd, 2008 08:17 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Don't get a limited edition. I got Elements 5 Limited Edition and it lacked a LOT of things that the regular one could do. It was very frusterating to have the program but still not be able to do what you wanted.
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radicallyfree
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 Posted June 27th, 2008 06:03 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Aren't sisters just the greatest??? Today in the mail I got... Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 !!!! for my birthday from my dear sis! I just got done downloading it on my computer so here comes some hours of fun! Now maybe I can get the instructions book with my b/day money (I always get money from my parents and a few others)

Oh, btw, I did find out that my sis does have this same one. I thought it was a different one... I know the one she has is way cool (she made her baby's birth announcements with it) so I know I will love it!

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 Posted June 27th, 2008 06:11 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
My favorites are CorelDraw, and Adobe CS3. I guess I have expensive tastes. I work with a professional photographer from time to time, and the nice part of that is that I get some free pointers from him for CS3, and btw, I downloaded CS3 free trial for a month... shouldn't have done that, because now there is no other program that I like as well or feel as satisfied with. I'll need another economic stimulus check to ever afford CS3, sadly. CorelDraw does have a few features which I liked, that CS3 doesn't have, and CD is a lot cheaper.

As far as buying editing programs online, be cautious. Ebay is a great place, but my photographer friend got jipped bigtime when he thought he was buying CS3 and when it came in the mail, it was not what he was expecting.

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 Posted June 27th, 2008 07:03 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Any of you who have Elements have any tips or places to go for tips on doing photo cards with it? I haven't done that much, and I'm hoping to be designing a baby card one of these days.
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radicallyfree
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 Posted June 27th, 2008 11:11 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
My sister did some awesome ones with hers. I think she used Kodak then to print them and it was WAY cheaper than getting them done other places. She did it all online, right from her photoshop. Let me find out if she can email me a picture of the ones she did. She figured most of it out on her own. I haven't looked at mine enough yet to know how she did it.
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