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Roger A. South

Which Image Editing Software to Buy?

I have purchased a Canon 350D and am using the software provided by Canon, being Digital Photo Professional and Photostudio. However, all the rave seems to be Photoshop (or, for a photographer of my rudimentary ability, Photoshop Elements). Does anyone please have knowledge of how the Canon software I am using (above) compares with Photoshop Elements.

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4/22/2006 8:15:15 PM

Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  Roger: It's not just rave. Elements 4.0 is incredibly verstatile and in some respects, easy to use. It's far more versatile than the Canon software. And quicker/easier to use for RAW file conversion.
And if you ever have a problem, or need advice, you can find a lot of people (here and elsewhere) who can give you useful advice. Because so many of us own Adobe software.

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4/23/2006 6:44:15 PM

Roger A. South   Thanks for that, Peter, your response confirms what I sortof expected to hear and I am already finding frustrations with Photo Studio in some of their layering functionality, together with their "motion blur", which doesn't work at all well. Thanks again.

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4/23/2006 7:53:13 PM

anonymous A.    I also have a Canon, Roger, and the software is pretty rudimentary. I use Paint Shop Pro and, though cheaper than even the cut-down versions of PhotoShop, it is a very professional and EASY to use, and it works beautifully with Canon's RAW format straight out of the box. It is also less demanding when it comes to the computer resources it requires.

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4/25/2006 5:48:18 AM

Brock E. Litton   for raw processing I sometimes use capture one pro. you can get a free trial version at


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4/25/2006 7:52:10 AM

Larry Lawhead
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/15/2002
  Add me to the "I love photoshop" club. I'be been using Elements 2.0 since it was new, it's everything I want/need...

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4/25/2006 8:08:54 AM

Nanette B. Stephens
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  Rober: My husband and I are both photographers and use Photoshop 7. My husband loves what he can do with his photos, and I am just learning how to use it and absolutely love it. It is very easy to use and you can create some really neat pictures. Have fun.

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4/25/2006 9:55:45 AM

Patricia A. Cale
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/25/2002
  Roger: I have the Canon 20D and didn't even load the Digital Photo Pro software until a good friend, who is an excellent photographer, told me that she loved it. I loaded it and tried it...and have been using it since then to convert my images. I am not a big fan of Photoshop, although I do have Elements 3 and use it occasionally. I have found that if you shoot your shots with good exposures, you have a good photo to convert, with little post-processing work later. I love shooting, but hate being stuck on the computer a lot, so I look for an easy way to make my photos look good. When I print out my photos, I always get compliments on the quality and color of my photos.

One thing I did discover when trying all the RAW conversion software (and I have tried most of them) was that I get truer colors from the Digital Photo Pro software. PS seems to add a warmer hue to the photos...sometimes more than I would like.

Since we all have different opinions on which software we like, I would suggest trying them yourself. You can download trial versions of many of the photo editing software and then you can see which software is best for you and what you shoot.

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4/25/2006 10:59:56 AM

Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/19/2006

I too have a Canon 20D and find that I usually only use the Digital Image editing program when I'm shooting RAW, which is what many people here will tell you is the best format to shoot in.
The program included with your camera is more than enough to handle exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpness and other rudimentary task that most of us perform to enhance or even sometimes rescue a shot.
Pretty much, if your a straight shooter like Pat, that is really all you need.
However, if you feel as though you want to be more creative by having the ability to apply special effects, plug-ins, manage your creations in layers and the other almost endless list of possibilities, then there are all sorts of programs for that.
Adobe Photoshop CS2 of course is the big money winner right now! But there are others out there that are really good too, and won't take you to the bank.
Photoshopt elements, Microsoft, PhotoImpact Pro.
Another little known about program called DaVinci, is somewhere in between the basic editing software and one of the last three I mentioned.
It does have some special effects but does not have layers. But, it's free.

From there you can download the program. You can also go on to and downloaed trial versions of most of their software including CS2 and elements. Good for 30 days. A pretty good try before you buy.

You may find that all you really need is the program that came with your camera.


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4/25/2006 1:26:48 PM

Roger A. South   Thanks everyone for the excellent feedback, which has now got me thinking outside just the two. Download some free trial versions seems to be the go. And hey isn't thin a great website - I only stumbled across it 2-3 days ago and have spent much of my waking hours trolling its content. Thanks again. Roger

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4/25/2006 2:48:30 PM

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