photo editing suites
As a beginner the best overall and (powerful) suite would be?? Remember I am a beginner, not dumb, so although an easy interface would be good, I want it to grow with me. Now THATS a good question..

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A am not sure what you mean by a "suite", but PhotoShop Elements 6.0 is a pretty good program to start with.Chris R..

Comment #1

I agree with Chris, Adobe Photoshop Elements is one of the most popular programs, one with a lot of capabilities and you can grow into it without being overwhelmed. There is also an upgrade path to other Adobe programs, should you need something more in the future..

Best regards,Doug

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Middletonduff wrote:.

As a beginner the best overall and (powerful) suite would be??.

It all depends on what you're looking for, image processing, or image editing. The best thing to do is download the trial versions of the programs you are considering, and see which fufills your needs...

Comment #3

Photoshop Elements. That way, when you wish to grow, you'll have already mastered the interface and Photoshop CS3 won't be quite as hard to learn.Cheers, Craig..

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As you are not stuck with any program yet, give several a try, and do not forget the GIMP, very capable freeware....

Ooops! It was meant as an answer to the OP, sorry!Just passing by.....

Comment #5

I have been using Microsoft Digital Image for several years and do not plan to trade up anytime soon. It does everything I want to tweak and does so with a choice of manual adjustments or Wizards. Unfortunately, this excellent product has been discontinued. (You may find it on the internet if you look around.).

I have taken a couple of classes on Elements and find the program much too complex, particularly for casual use. I gave up when I was spending more time figuring out what to do because I couldn't remember from last time..

A few days ago I picked up a copy of "Digital Photography" How-to Guide magazine. It gives a quick overview of five very capable programs (Page 78):.

Corel Photo-Paint X4Ulead PhotoImpact X3Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2Serif PhotoPlus

GiMP is OK although it leads a lot to be desired, IMO. There too few individual options and too many global decisions...

Comment #6

I agree. I have been Using Digital Image Pro 9 for years. I tried the Photoshop products and while very capable, they just are not as quick and easy as the old Microsoft product. Unfortunately, the prices I saw on the web were higher than the original purchase price...

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Just like with classic cars, if they are worth having they tend to cost more than the original asking price. Anyone want a used Prius?.

If I need more help than DI can provide, then there are the free noise programs and inexpensive/free pano programs, that can be used alongside...

Comment #8

Thanks to all. The answers do seem to be in favour of eliments by adobe, I will take on board the comments with regard to take 5 though. It is always the same, that as soon as a program is developed and seems to meet the needs, they decide it's old hat and discontinue it, thats progress I suppose. Many thanks again for your help..

Comment #9

Just because a product is popular does not mean it is ideal for a particular person or need. Enter: Ford, Chevy, Plymouth, then Nissan, Toyota, et al. (Place your own stereotypical brands in here.).

Anthony Celeste, author of the magazine article states the Corel Photo Paint in his opinion offers the most power features compared to Elements. Does this mean it is easier to use?.


Ulead PhotoImpact has the most commonly used tools at a fraction of the cost..


Corel Paint Ship Pro.

Is a third party application later purchased by Corel and maintained and upgraded from the original. It appears to offer features from Elements and PhotoImpact be easier to use and like PI is less expensive. These two may not offer all the bells and whistles, yet do address the most common faults..

Serif PhotoPlus X2 has the best features/functions from PI and PSP..

Paint.Net is an Open Source application and free. It does not have an Adobe license so many crossover functions are not available..

Do some research and before spending big money on Adobe or PP, try one of the less expensive offeringsin my never to be so humble opinion...

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