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post #1 of 13 Old 11-24-2007, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Photoshop how to questions.

I see alot photos I'd like to change the color or do other alterations. I hate asking people when they may not have the time. I don't have photoshop or any other software currently to do such changes.

What is the best software programs for doing these things and how long would it take to pick this up? I'm not a whiz, but I'm not a total idiot.

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I see alot photos I'd like to change the color or do other alterations. I hate asking people when they may not have the time. I don't have photoshop or any other software currently to do such changes.

What is the best software programs for doing these things and how long would it take to pick this up? I'm not a whiz, but I'm not a total idiot.

Thanks in advance !
Photoshop is the best. Just to do simple things, I recommend buying an older version of photoshop or buy Microsoft Photo Editor.

Photoshop has a steep learning curve.

Photo Editor and similar third party software are user friendly.

But I recommend Photoshop due to the fact a person can learn to do more things as time goes by. I started early this year and I believe my chops are getting better the more I do it. I can look at some of my early chops Ive posted on this forum and think my new ones are better. Here is an example:

Then:


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I put the same amount time in both, same picture too; I think Ive improved. I think with a lot of practice; any one can.


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Thanks. I'm going to serious consider purchasing photoshop in the near future. Are the older versions better for some reason? I'm not familiar with photo editor. Pluses or minuses on that?

I'm still taking input on other programs.
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I mentioned this to someone else, look into Paint.Net. It's a high powered version of MS Paint, and it's free. It will let you play a little with layers and colors, like you are using Photoshop. It's not as powerful, but if you do buy PS, you have a good jumping off point.

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Thanks. I'm going to serious consider purchasing photoshop in the near future. Are the older versions better for some reason? I'm not familiar with photo editor. Pluses or minuses on that?

I'm still taking input on other programs.
The older versions are good for beginners or people not looking at doing advanced professional quality chops. I have not even fully used the potential of Photochop CS2. I recommend older versions because most people just want to do chops like seen on this forum and the older versions can do it, but at a cheaper price.

Older versions can be picked up cheap. But the my CS2 cost $400. The newest one CS3 that just came out is $650.


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The trouble with Photoshop...and the ONLY trouble in my opinion, is that it is expensive, like Jinx said above.I recommend, especially for a beginner-ish to grab Photoshop Elements. It's a slightly toned-down version of PS, but only for $100.

(And if it's anything in the 'toned-down' dept. like Adobe Premiere elements, you're NOT gonna have a watered-down Photo editor, rather, you're going to have a great one as opposed to the original God-editor.)

It does take a few days to get into it. But once you do, it's smooth sailing, and a day of goofing around will merit unbelievable rewards in skill. It's kinda like drilling in a screw...once you puncture the surface, it goes right in very quickly.

But to answer your original question, nobody does it like Adobe. and though the 'other' editors can be nice, they simply can't compare to PS (why do you think the best, like Jinx and I, use it? j/k)

As for old vs. new...are there really any HUGE differences between CS2 and 3? Just curious, I haven't been able to grab hold of a CS3, yet.

If you care to spend 2 hours* downloading, go to Adobe's site, and they'll let you download a month's free-trial of CS3, and elements if you care to do so.




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I have Microsoft Digital Image Pro 9.

I wish I had Photoshop.

I am sure it has much better tools than what I am using now. I think I am probley doing things the hard way using my current program.

Microsoft Digital Image Suite 10 came on my current computer for free, but I bought the MDIP9 and it has a few more tools than the free one.

I do chops alot and I thing I learn something new just about every time. I have never even used Photoshop, but I am sure it is way better than what I have. I have seen some of the tools and they are much better than mine.

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You can always get Photoshop by (BLEEP). All BLEEPing aside, I would recommend Photoshop 7 to start, then upgrade to CS or CS2. CS3 change the interface a bit from the other photoshops.

I mainly use photoshop for logo design. I havent really done a chop in a while, but maybe ill bust one out soon.

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Photoshop is teh awesomeness.

I've used other stuff, but nothing else compares.

And yes, the biggest drawback by far is the price.

I agree about Photoshop Elements though, that's a great starting point!

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Try Corel Draw if you want a border-line useless (and uber-confusing) graphic program..learned that alongside Photoshop back in HS...maaaaaaaaaaaaaaan made me miss PS.



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