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Lisamarie 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
 

PHOTOSHOP VS. COREL OR OTHER PHOTO SOFTWARE


Hi
I was wondering if anyone could tell me which is better.. photoshop or paint shop pro? Or any other photo software for that matter...
thank you for you help!
Lisamarie


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4/26/2007 11:46:09 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Lisamarie,
"Better" is a tough word to define.

I'll save all the PhotoShop lovers out there some time and start off by saying that PhotoShop is the most powerful, feature-rich image editor available. There, I said it. ;-)

Is it the best editor for you? That's harder to say. It depends on your needs, skills, budget, and other factors.

If you're a casual photographer, just interested in touching up your photos and not making a living off of them, then the full PhotoShop CS version is probably more than you need, and most likely more than you want to spend.

If you're new at digital editing, PhotoShop is NOT a program that you can just jump right into and learn as you go along. There are classes taught here and elsewhere, and many books published to help you get the most out of PS.

There are also different versions of PhotoShop available. PhotoShop Elements is a trimmed-down version with most of the commonly-used features, at a greatly reduced price. It may be a better place to start.

I haven't used a version of Paint Shop Pro in many many years, so I can't give you any specific info on it.

I use Microsoft Digital Image Pro. Years ago, it was a basic image editor called PictureIt. Now it's a very powerful program. It can also use any "plug-ins" written for PhotoShop. I find that its user interface is more suited to my tastes than PhotoShop. The program I use "meets my needs" and I'm happy with it, so no one can convince me that it's not the best program "for me". But they'll try. ;-)

You need to figure out what your needs are, and find what will fit them. How advanced are you now? How much time do you want to spend learning about a program compared to learning about photography? No one can answer that for you.

Now Ariel will probably chime in that she likes a program called Helicon Filter. Ariel - I'm not picking on you, I'm glad you've found a program that works for you, just like I've found one that works for me.

Cuique suum (To each his own)

Chris A. Vedros
www.cavphotos.com


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4/26/2007 12:36:55 PM

 
W.   
And you forgot PhotoLine32, Chris! The shareware with the FREE trial for as long as you like.

Get it at: http://www.pl32.com/!

Have fun!


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4/26/2007 12:45:51 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Didn't forget it, just never heard of it. ;-)


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4/26/2007 12:50:17 PM

 
W.   
Here's a list and comparison of raster graphics editors:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_raster_graphics_editors


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4/26/2007 12:51:15 PM

 
Leisa Allen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/7/2007
  I have the Corel software Paint Shop Pro Photo XI and I find it every bit as good as Photoshop. As for making a living off Corel, you can do it the same as Photoshop! I like both equally as well. It takes some time to learn because you need to know what the program can do, but I love my Corel software.
Get what you will be comfortable with.


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4/29/2007 2:40:36 PM

 
Lisamarie 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  Hi Leisa A.
I had finally made a decision to go with the Corel Software paint shop pro..but when researching it, I found out that it is not compatible with Mac computers. I just purchased a Mac last month and wanted to keep all my Photography on that the Mac and use my PC for other things..
So I am back to square one.. Do I go with Photoshop and use my Mac.. or go with Corel and use my PC.. Plus, I am in a class right now and using Photoshop. I have to say I am not sure if I even like Photoshop. So not sure what I would like to do.... Thanks for the reponse though!!!
Lisamarie


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4/29/2007 3:09:02 PM

 
Sachin D. Das
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/12/2006
  Try ACDsee pro. It fairly simple but is great for noise reduction and other quick but powerful editing of photographs.
Ofcourse photoshop is good but is perhaps best used as a design tool rather than photo editing tool

Sachin


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4/29/2007 8:13:02 PM

 
Lisamarie 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  I believe ACDsee Pro is the same as corel as far as not being compatible with my IMAC... Let me know if I am wrong.. thanks


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4/30/2007 3:33:26 AM

 
W.   
Since you can run Windows on an iMac (simultaneously with OSX!), you can run Paint Shop Pro XI on that iMac too, LM.

So just get "Parallels" (http://www.parallels.com/en/products/desktop/). And a copy of Windows, of course.

Have fun!


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4/30/2007 5:43:28 AM

 
Lisamarie 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  OK.. HERE IS A STUPID QUESTION...LOL
IF I RUN WINDOWS ON AN IMAC.. WILL THE IMAC BE PRONE TO VIRUSES??????
REMEMBER, I SAID IT IS PROBABLY A STUPID QUESTION.....


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4/30/2007 6:40:50 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  No viruses. The Windows OS is its own little file, and Macs aren't susceptible to viruses. Parts of the file for Windows might get viruses, but that would only effect the Windows no matter what. Parallels comes with a pretty good internet security program, anyway.

About Photoshop, like most adobe image software, it is very expensive, feature-full, and difficult to learn. Why don't you download GIMP-shop for your Mac? It isn't very different from Photoshop, and it is free. It lacks some features, sure, but whatever. On this line, I just want to put in that I find Helicon Filter to be a very easy to use program which, except for its lack of layers, is a very feature-full program for a low price. You don't need a course for Helicon! ;)


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4/30/2007 11:22:08 AM

 
Mike Rubin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/15/2004
  I use Lightroom and Photoshop Elements 5. they work well together and do everything that I need. Lightroom is at an introductory price of $199. through April.(tonight!) Then it will be $299. PSE 5 costs about $70.


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4/30/2007 4:10:20 PM

 
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