Jasc Paint Shop Pro is a really cool program that makes cleaning up most photos a snap. I'd also be committing a sin if I didn't mention the GIMP. Most all the features of PS, none of the cost, and a lot less bloat.
Hmmm...interesting..Aaediwen! I have never heard of the programs you mentioned! A friend of mine is really hung up on ACDsee. I had it for awhile but I just didn't care for it.
I just downloaded a free trial of Photoshop Elements and will see how I like it. already I can see I am going to be a real dope with this program. Picassa is so easy and I love it, but I need a program a wee bit more than Picassa does. So I guess I am going to have to roll up my shirt sleeves and take time to *try* to learn it!
I always did love paint shop, but I need something that will allow me to put watermarks or at least copyright on my pics. Perhaps Paintshop does that. I just don't know.
Should be able to do that with any of these programs. For a quick and dirty watermark in PSP, PS, or Gimp, I'd just add another layer, set it to say 5 or 10% opacity, and put some grey text or grey image on it. Then when you flatten that down to one layer again, it becomes embedded, and you're set. Same basic idea for adding a copyright notice to the image.
I started out with Photoshop Limited 5.0, and now am using Photoshop CS2. It is a very easy to use program that creates clear images without being massive files. Quite user friendly.
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I just purchased the latest Photoshop CS3. I was able to get to a certain part of editing and then.........poof.........lost. But I am getting a tutorial in the mail any day now that should help me. Before that I was using PS 7.
Well, I had to roll my sleeves up and focus, focus, focus, but learning Photoshop CS3. It really is a very cool program. Does all kinds of things. Helped to get a tutorial book and DVD though. I hope to learn to do much from this program! So I highly recommend it, but still love my Picassa as well!
CelticRose, yes it sure takes some time to get familiar with photoshop if one have never used it before. I'm a graphical designer so i use photoshop a lot, but i know it's hard to learn.. i was learning once too.
I agree on needing a manual for Photoshop. I love to tinker around with photo editing for fun and I could not figure out Photoshop for the life of me. It's not user friendly at all! But I found a book that details step-by-step many of the more common features and it has been a God-send! Also, my local community college offers adult continuing education classes on Photoshop editing that I am looking into. Something like that may be of use to you as well.
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