James pickering wrote:.
For pp we use googles picasa is it any good or is there a better freeone, I have bought the wife a pentax k10d for christmas is thepackage that comes with it better than picasa or not..
Google's Picasa is fine for basic editing. If you want to do more elaborate editing, then you would need a more elaborate application. I have no idea about the software that comes was the Pentax camera, you would be better asking that question on the Pentax forum..
The more complex photo editing packages have a steeper learning curve, especially Adobe PhotoShop. Probably a better idea would be Adobe PhotoShop Elements. It has almost everything you would need for photo editing and it has a better user interface than PhotoShop..
What is it in Picasa that you find lacking?.
A good free general purpose editor would be Gimp which is suitable for JPEG editing and retouching. Gimp supports layers and quite sophisticated plugins..
For 16-bit editing ( raw mode and more precise control of curves, etc. ) Silkypix would be fine ( that should be what came with the Pentax ). Silkypix has a good reputation..
I personally don't use Adobe CS3 mainly because I regard it as somewhat over the top for ordinary folk - even ordinary folk using RAW..
You can also investigate Cinepaint and UFRaw which are both useful free software tools. Cinepaint is like a 16-bit version of Gimp ( i.e. useful for RAW ) based on an earlier version of Gimp. UFRaw is a RAW conversion tool and can be useful..
Basically Silkypix would be ideal for RAW files and Gimp would be useful if you need to make use of layers and more complex retouching techniques..
If you use Linux have a look at ShowFoto, which is also a useful application ( but not available for Windows )..
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Picasa is pretty good to do simple touch ups in photos and to organize and enjoy them..
If you want to do some more work on it, then Photoshop Elements givces you lots of features for much less price then the full photoshop version...
Nothing really,but it's the only one we have tried so we dont know if we are missing out.Jim..
Photoshop Elements is affordable and does most of what you will want to do. One click 'quick fix' works pretty well too. Maybe good to start with Elements and if you decide eventually you need more then you can go to something more complex then you can go for CS - at least the learning curve will not be too steep...
I feel that it should be noted that the GIMP and UFRAW can be used in tandem. Simply install UFRAW in your GIMP folder and you're good to go...
Try Photo-Brush ( http://www.mediachance.com/pbrush/index.html ) you can download it and use it for 30 days, free..
I have used this program for over five years, it is the one that comes to rescue when Picassa cant do the job. It is an outstanding value at $45.00..
James pickering wrote:.
For pp we use googles picasa is it any good or is there a better freeone, I have bought the wife a pentax k10d for christmas is thepackage that comes with it better than picasa or not.Jim..
Picasa is simple but good. Many people don't need more than that. Only you can decide if it's OK for your uses..
Here are a couple of other free editors you can try to see if they are better than Picasa:.
Faststone Image Viewer - especially good full screen mode, w/ hidden menus on all sides. Good slideshow feature..
XnView - especially powerful at converting image formats, if you need that..
Google to get downloads....
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