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Brian D. Cronk

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What is the best starter program if I want to start exploring digital image editing?

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3/23/2006 7:15:17 PM

Paul Tobeck
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/19/2005
  I would recommend either Photoshop Elements (ver. 3 or 4) or Paint Shop Pro. Both are fairly easy to use and powerful enough to do some serious editing. In fact, if you're going to get serious about editing your pictures, do yourself a favor and purchase a Wacom Graphire 4 4x5 tablet. It's far better for photo editing than using a mouse, and it comes with Photoshop Elements 3, all for $99. It's the best deal going and I recommend it to everyone.

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3/23/2006 7:25:02 PM

John P. Sandstedt
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  The "program" should include a regimen of working to take better pictures with your camera - film or digital.

Don't rely on an image editing program; rather rely on your ability to see aphotograph, to creative master the camera controls, to understand lighting and a few basic photography rules.

To many people believe you can take better pictures with a digital camera [BAH!] and that a less than perfect picture can always be salvaged with an editing program [That's just ain't so!]

Not a lot of difference between PE 3.0 and 4.0 [and, there will be an upgrade in about 4 months.] But, it's a great program. For ease of use, however, I still rely on Version 1.0.

I just got a copy of Photoshop 6.0. [Photoshop 7.0 was a minor upgrade; CS (already upgrade to CS Ver 2.0)] If you've got the cash, buy the full program.

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3/29/2006 11:59:52 AM

Terry  R. Hatfield
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2003
  Elements 3 or 4 As Paul Said Is A Great Inexpensive Program Brian:-)

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3/29/2006 3:42:38 PM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/15/2006
  Hi Brian,
It also really depends on what your level is of software awareness. If you are 'literally' just starting out with editing, I will also suggest Microsoft Picture It 99 or 10. Its an inexpensive program, and it allows you to do basic photographic editing. It is also VERY user friendly. I have suggested it to others just starting out, and they loved it! They then were able to advance from there. Photoshop is a great editing program, but it also can be a bit overwhelming to the beginning learner. (Just my opinion)
You know where your capabilities are. Its all what you're comfortable with. I will agree with Paul on the Wacom Graphire tablet, a great investment!

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4/8/2006 9:34:21 AM

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