What is the best photo editing software?

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Posted 2/10/2013 by emilyjom in General Photography


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Posted: 2/10/2013 11:23:26 PM
I have a very old edition of photo shop and cannot install it onto my new computer. So I am taking this opportunity to update! All the options out there are very confusing. I'd like to see what photographers are using for editing their photos. I would like to NOT spend $300+ on it if possible. Any suggestions are much appreciated


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Posted: 2/11/2013 12:27:48 AM
Either Photoshop Elements or Lightroom. Both are adobe products and have trial offers where you can use them for 30 days (? I think it is) to see if it fits your needs. They also have education discounts so if you have a teacher or a student in the house you can get a discount.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 11:18:39 AM
I personally love Photoshop Elements. It does everything I could need and more!

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Posted: 2/12/2013 1:24:29 PM
Sounds like the latest version of Photoshop Elements will fit your needs perfectly. Check pricing and specials around it does vary but easily found under a hundred bucks.

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Posted: 2/13/2013 12:41:32 PM
Lightroom 3. It takes a little bit of time to learn it, but it is SO WORTH IT.

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Posted: 2/14/2013 4:26:37 PM
Copied my comments from another post.

They do different things. Lightroom is great for adjusting photos and organizing them. Photoshop is what you need if you want to do other creative things. Photoshop is a grahic design program people are using for their photographs.

My suggestion:
1. get PhotoShop Elements - you can adjust photos, do creative things and organize them. PSE is a great program to work with your pictures.
2. if you want to be able to do more adjustments - then get Lightroom later.

PSE $50-$150 (look for a sale), Lightroom about $150, Photoshop $700+

So for about $300 you get 2 programs that will work well together or you can do Photoshop and Lightroom for $850.

I read that a lot of professional photographers are using PSE - and not Photoshop.

Save the $500 and use it to print your pictures, etc.

I use PSE to work with my photos, organizing is a part of the program I don't use, mostly I use it for digital scrapbooking. Perfect program for the cost. I have upgraded 4 times and in total have spent $130.


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Posted: 2/20/2013 3:46:36 AM
I think you should try photoscape...it is quite easy and fun to use.


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Posted: 2/20/2013 6:17:36 AM
You may get insight from this site: http://photo-editing-software-review.toptenreviews.com/
Although my experienced software is ADOBE PHOTOSHOP!


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Posted: 2/20/2013 3:15:20 PM
I have the full version of Photoshop, but I find myself using Lightroom 4 ten times more often. It's really easy to use, and I love the feature that lets you sync up photos. After adjusting just one, you can apply those same settings to any other photos that were taken in the same lighting conditions and they are all edited with one click! I love it!


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Posted: 2/26/2013 10:53:45 AM
We have had this question lights of times and I think it is whatever works for you. I have lightroom and have NEVER used it. I use photoshop CS5. I think whatever you choose study and learn

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Posted: 2/27/2013 12:27:40 AM
I'm just getting into "real" photography, lol. I just recieved a Canon T3i DSLR camera and a tripod as a christmas present. I have Photoshop installed on my laptop and am trying to learn how to edit and take better photos. I seem to like it alot......still learning

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Posted: 5/17/2013 7:40:55 AM
Photoshop CS has long been considered the world’s best image editor, and it’s now the standard by which all image-editing programs are judged.
Photoshop is a broad design tool aimed at a variety of users including illustrators, artists and designers...


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Posted: 5/17/2013 8:58:17 AM
Photoshop Elements is a great program...they usually have sales for around 50 dollars several times a year....

Lightroom 4 is out.. but I think 5 will be out fairly soon...there are some cool new things coming in 5.... $ 119 in the states... they do have sales on this fairly frequently....

As someone else said there are trial versions... give them a shot... If your mainly into photography a lot of people I know prefer light room.. if you do some digital scrapbooking PSE is great...

Adobe is going to the Cloud so you pay so much a month to use their CS programs.... and all others... I think right now you can get CS 6 still on its own... but it is spendy unless you are an educator or work for a school district or are a student or have a student.... then it makes it pretty affordable...

I currently use CS4 but am looking into lightroom.. I am mostly just fixing pictures and that can be done in LR. I also have PSE 10. Another fun thing I have been using in my processing is topaz labs plugins runs with CS or LR... they are really neat...:>

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