Best photo editing software

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  1. Tie Wrap

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    Im looking for the best and not much complicated software that i can use to edit pictures and even scanned pictures as well. I want a software that has light and shadow adjustment and can even take out blurr from old pictures. do we have that kind of software? any advise is highly appreciated.

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  2. barongreenback

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    I've just got Photoshop Elements 4 - early days but I like the package and it seems pretty straightforward to use.
     
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    I suspect you are after a magician and alot of smoke and mirrors!! :rotfl:
     
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    "Best" and "not complicated" are not good friends;)
    Photoshop Elements 4 is easy to use and is easily the best for cost. It can do all you have stated ( and more).
    However, any Photo ( or video) editing software that can be used to produce great results either has a "thick" manual or very steep learning curve.
    Saying that, even The full Photoshop can be used to do simple things just as an expensive camera can be used as a point and shoot, just depends how much you want to do with it.
    Simple answer: Get PSE4 and a nice Scott Kelby book : thats the nearest (I can think ) to "best and not complicated":thumbsup:
     
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    Photoshop Elements 4 for the 'not too much complicated' software :)

    And look at http://www.focusmagic.com/ for the old blurry photos.
    certainly worth a try.

    Photoshop CS2 would be the 'best' , but not easy to master !

    Mark.
     
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    Had Focus magic.
    Funny software , seems to lose its registration entries very easily and need re-registering frequently by gettting a new serial no each time.
    Works well for blurred pictures but Im a bit put off by the numerous times Ive had to re-register.
     
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    photoshop cs2!!!!!!!!!
     
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    ....is expensive and can be complicated:confused: .
    It may well be the "must have " program but is "over engineered" for the beginner in image editing ( to quote longleyc in a post from another thread)

    To be fair it can be used in a simple manner but for its cost a beginner isnt going to get value for money.
    Some people earn a living just teaching others how to use it:rolleyes:

    This thread addresses some differences and similariites between Photoshopcs2 and APE4
    I have and use both but for a quick edit without the need for curves ,layer masks and chanel ( mixer) APE4 gets my vote
     
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    For a start why not try Picasa2 from Google. Although I have Photoshop I find that I frequently use Picasa2 for quick fixes. It also files your photographs in a way that makes them easy to find. Is it good value ? - Well its free, beat that !
     
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    Along the lines of what Mike7 suggested, why don't you try out some free editing programs first. You may find they're just as capable of doing what you want doing.

    Picasa is more of a photo organiser with simple editing features. However, you can also try:

    The GIMP
    Paint.NET
    PhotoFiltre
    PhotoPlus

    Just a note: I haven't used the GIMP myself (although it's supposed to be a pretty powerful package). However, unless you find a mirror with a pre-compiled executable, you'll need to compile the source code yourself...

    HTH

    Alex
     
  11. tony79

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    every program has a learning curve. Some more so than others. I wouldnt say that photoshop is overly difficult to use. Even if you were to just constantly use the basics it's still a fine tool and no doubt once you can see what is achievable you'll want to learn other features of the package.
     
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    Tony , I agree entirely ( re read my reply to your original post) .
    I do have CS2 and am still "learning" it many months on:rolleyes: Its a great program and Scott Kelbys' book is making that learning curve much less steep than it could be
    However where money is a concern ( when is it never a concern ? :eek: ) Going for it to do basic stuff is spending a lot to achieve not much (albeit initially ).
    A good analogy is when you learn to start driving: surely a decent small car or old banger will suffice till you Pass the test and get the urge to treat yourself to a smooth v6 with all the trims:rotfl:
     
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    nice analergy!
     

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