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Unread 01-15-2006, 07:15 PM   #1
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What programs do you use to process your digital pictures? I've been using Paintshop Pro myself, mostly since its easier to figure out then Photoshop and I've been using it for years now. Using ver 8 since I wasn't too keen on 9 or 10 (looked too complicated and PSish. Now anywhere I may be able to get tips on better processing (outside of the one-touch photo fix in PSP) for Paintshop Pro or beginner tips and the like for Photoshop?
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Unread 01-16-2006, 04:17 AM   #2
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I use photoshop7. I also use RAWshooter on the few occasions I shoot in raw.

But soon I will be using Photoshop CS2. My step-mother is a producer, and a documentary director in the Philippines, so she is getting me and my step-brother the entrie Adobe set to edit her stuff.
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Unread 01-16-2006, 05:19 AM   #3
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Im the same as Lord with editing. Though I use canon's software mostly for RAW work. (Rawshooter is an awesome program, though.)

Let me tell you, paintshop pro is an entirely viable solution to PS. I used PSP and PSElements for a while. But certain aspects led me to make the leap into stupidly expensive software.

Namely, plugins that make my job a bazillion times easier.

I still have psp, and it happens to be on my network here at work, so when I'm bored at work I still use it.

My number one tip, no matter which program you use, is buy a wacom tablet. They are as cheap as 99 bucks (or less if you shop around). Nothing has made my job easier than going to using a pressure sensative pen. I can't go back, unfortunately.

But I say use psp until you start hitting walls that are either too painstaking to get over using psp again and again; or are entirely undoable in psp. Then make your jump to PS. Its not a life altering difference between them. But when you try to go back to psp from PS, you end up frustrated with trying to get certain things done that were done with ease in PS.

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Unread 01-16-2006, 01:10 PM   #4
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I use Photoshop 7 - might eventually upgrade to CS - but I remember trying the demo for Paintshop Pro years ago and loving it - so I'd say that a program that works for you - and works well for you - is what matters most.
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Unread 01-16-2006, 01:16 PM   #5
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I need to learn to be more concise. You've managed to say everything I did in 3 lines. O.o

Im jealous. :P

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Unread 01-16-2006, 07:55 PM   #6
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I need to learn to be more concise. You've managed to say everything I did in 3 lines. O.o

Im jealous. :P

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Thanks for the advice so far. Any suggestions for websites with tips for either programs you guys use too? I have been using PSP's (8 onward) One-Touch Photo Fix which does color balance, brightness, clarity, saturation, edge preservation, sharpening and I think red-eye removal.

Just for kicks here's an example. First photo is before One Step Photo Fix, 2nd is after.
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Unread 01-16-2006, 09:38 PM   #7
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may I have permission to make a go at these?
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Unread 01-16-2006, 09:46 PM   #8
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Sure, why not?
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Unread 01-16-2006, 10:55 PM   #9
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Okies, this is about 20 minutes of PS work while I watched some law and order.

Method in short:
1) Noise removal: noise ninja 2.0
2) Sharpening: fred miranda's ps plug in.
3) brightness/contrast/hue/saturation
4) desaturation of entire picture
5) history brushed over the tree with wacom pen.
6) blurred by PS plugin
7) history brush over try to keep sharp.

Why I like it: Brings the living object to the viewers attention amidst a busy background of non nature related topics.

Where I got the idea: When I noticed the difference between your two pictures, I decided I liked your edit because it really showed more depth and life. I thought that I wanted the living object to be the MOST alive. So this was the way I chose to do it.

While there are many ways to have done this, I hope you enjoyed mine.
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Edit= hmmms... maybe I wouldnt mind seeing the vase in color too.... but I suppose either way gives its own flavor. *shrug*
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Unread 01-17-2006, 09:46 AM   #10
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I use photoshop for most of my work. I also us neat image to clear up noise and Breezebrowser for my canon raw conversion work.

Since you don't seem to need much of the overhead of PS, you might also want to look into Photoshop Elements. It's pretty much a stripped down version of PS that is really only good for photo editing, but does a pretty good job of it. Sometimes you can even find it bundled with other things, like I got my copy with my printer.

As for tips, just do a google search on Photoshop Tutorials or PSP Tutorials and you will find tons of stuff. It can take time to wade through but there is some good stuff out there.
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I read a couple books on Photoshop to do restorations of old photos before I got into photography. So once I did get into it, it was very natural to continue using it to edit the pics. I shoot mostly RAW with a DLSR so some processing is always necessary since the pics come out rather flat out of the camera. Even when i shoot jpg, its hard for me to not tweak something. And that's just general exposure/contrast type things. I usually do some amount of retouching to clean up any blemishes, circles, lint, etc.

Allthough it can get monotonous with a large set, I enjoy the processing time, since a careful crop or slight edit can bring out something that initially looked ho-hum.
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Unread 01-17-2006, 06:29 PM   #12
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Staereo, I definitly liked what you did with it, especially making the tree color compared to the rest being in B&W.
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Unread 01-17-2006, 07:20 PM   #13
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Again.... my stock answer is it depends.
PSP is my choice for general work.
I use GIMP 2.2 for some work and Painter 6 for others. (Mostly for Effects)
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Unread 01-18-2006, 08:35 AM   #14
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thanks, I tried the One Step on some my older photos with my other camera and they look better too.

Old photo:
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Wow, if thats an automated fix, that worked out wonderfully!!!

Sometimes I forget how intuitive software has become!

Ill fire a fix through, see what I get.

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