In the digital age, all discussions of image editing software lead to Adobe Photoshop (PS). PS dominates its software class, but there are alternatives that challenge PS by offering the most used features at a lower price. Heavyweight software comes at serious prices with gigantic overheads. For people who want to avoid the Adobe business model and the various costs and other overheads that PS demands, Pixelmator is an alternative.
Macphun Creative Kit
Price: $149.95 U.S.
How many times have you tried to learn Adobe Photoshop or Aperture and given up in frustration? Or maybe you decided, as I did, since you’re not a graphic designer, you really had no need to invest in what’s required to unlock the power that Photoshop and Aperture boast. I don’t have the time or patience for that.
I’m a photography amateur, or hobbyist. I have other things I’d rather do than spend all day sitting in front of a computer trying to make my images look better.
The developers at Macphun Software understand this. They created five photo editing applications and bundled them as their Creative Kit. It’s a great product because you can start using it without reading a manual or learning a lot of arcane terminology. By “using it” I don’t mean you’ll get the full benefit of what these applications have to offer. What you’ll get if you don’t read any tips or watch some video tutorials is the surprise and satisfaction in seeing an anemic photo dramatically improved. There is no actual manual.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC/6 – Review
Price: $149.00 standalone version, upgrade $79
$9.99 per month in the Creative Cloud Photography Program
$49.99 per month in the Creative Cloud Complete Program
Adobe just released a new version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to photographers. We were waiting for a new version last year, when Adobe released Photoshop 2014, but it never came. The wait is over and it was worth the wait. This new version is named Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 if you buy the standalone version, or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC if you subscribe to it from one of the Creative Cloud programs. For this review, we’ll simply call it Lightroom CC.
Intensify Pro is a photo editing application for Macs with a seemingly magical ability to make pictures pop with vibrant colors and razor sharp focus. While it has some shortcomings, it is still an amazing application that you can use as a standalone or as a plug-in for Aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop.
Photography is an art, and in art colors matter. Say you are taking product shots in a controlled lighting environment. There are tools that can help you gather the right color information while you shoot. If your workflow requires this, you may want to take a look at the SpyderCAPTURE Pro from DataColor.
The Photoshop Darkroom, Creative Digital Post-Processing
by Harold and Phyllis Davis
The Photoshop Darkroom 2, Creative Digital Transformations
by Harold and Phyllis Davis
Published roughly two years apart, these companion books are the equivalent of a one semester crash course in Photoshop. Both books are lavishly illustrated on quality stock. Both provide step-by-step instructions for achieving a wide range of effects in Photoshop. The tutorials do not cover everything there is to know in Photoshop. The focus appears to be a mix of simple tasks, like moving images from the camera to the computer, to the more complex, such as using LAB channel adjustments to change colors.
Adobe just released the new version of its photo management and editing software, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. The software comes with many improvements to help photographers in their work. In this review we will explore them so you can judge if the upgrade is worth it.
HDR photography has made its mark in recent years among many photographers and enthusiasts. The technique has become very popular and many software producers offer solutions to create HDR images. I had the opportunity to review two products from Unified Color: HDR Expose 2 and 32 Float V2.
In 2012 Adobe released Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 and a new version of its Creative Suite 6 that included the new Adobe Photoshop CS6. If you bought either of those software packages, you may need some literature to learn or improve your skills. I review a list of books that may be useful. And I kept my favorite book for the end of this review.
Photoshop Elements 11
Price: $99.99 new, $79.99 upgrade brazzersxhamster
Every year Adobe updates its consumer line of products, which includes Photoshop Elements. Every time this happens you probably find yourself wondering if it is worth your money to upgrade or if you should stick with what you have. In the case of Elements 11, a lot depends on your expertise.
As the title of this article suggests, this review is geared towards the advanced user. In other words, someone who has Photoshop experience (Elements or full Photoshop). In this reviewers opinion, the more advanced user should save your money and pass on this update. Read on to find out why.
In the spring of 2012, Adobe released Creative Suite 6, or the CS6 version of their content creation and editing software suite. Among the updates, the flagship Photoshop got a CS6 version as well. Is it worth upgrading or buying? Read on to see what’s new about Adobe Photoshop CS6.
Adobe Muse CS6 Creative Cloud subscription software enables designers to create websites without writing code.Click on the links below to listen to our informative two-part interview with the Muse Product Manager, Dani Beaumont. If you are taken to another page with each audio link, click on them in there, please. Thanks.
Nemo attends media event in San Jose, California. Photos with captions below. Interviews with Illustrator and InDesign CS6 Creative Suite product managers to follow.
Company: Prosoft Engineering
License: $9.99 (available only from the Mac App Store)
What if you have a large folder full of vacation photos you’d like to share with your family or friends. However, all your photos are on your hard drive at full resolution and some are in RAW or Photoshop format so the file sizes are huge.
What you really want is to keep all the originals organized in your own folders or in your iPhoto albums, but put together a small selection of the best photos reduced to a manageable size so they can be sent easily. That can be a big, fussy, time-consuming task. Now’s the time for Photo Transformer from Prosoft Engineering.
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Digital Photos from Concept to Completion – Learn By Video Workshop
US 34.99, CAN 36.99 – Shop online for better pricesISBN-13: 978-0-321-80956-8
This video workshop consists of four hours of instruction on selecting subjects for photography, shooting the pictures, and processing them with Adobe Photoshop. The tutorial is theoretically aimed at the beginner to intermediate level student, but you must take that with a grain of salt. If you’re not familiar with the use of Adobe Photoshop, you’ll quickly find yourself in the dark.
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NEVERCENTER LTD. CO.
Price: $24 to $29
CameraBag began as an iPhone app in 2008. It was wildly successful. 2009 saw the release of the desktop version for Mac and PC, again, very successful. In 2012 CameraBag 2, “a total rewrite” as the company describes, has been freshly released. If anyone was waiting for this software the wait was worth it.
CameraBag 2 is an ingenious photo editing program, offering a combination of cutting-edge filter technology with the clout of classic tools. Escalating the use of presets into a new dimension, Nevercenter has thought long and hard about the tools and presets photographers need in order to achieve almost boundless control over images at a price that is, in my opinion, a steal. What’s not to like with an interface as simple and elegant as this?
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
By Richard Harrington
ISBN: 978-0-321-71426-8, 312 pages plus DVD
The book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 is described by the author as a book for people who are beginner Photoshop CS5 users, and need a global understanding of the software. As written in the introduction, many Photoshop books are geared towards really basic Photoshop introduction, specific features (such as layers or working with image modes), or new features only. This book is billed as a learning tool for beginners, but it will get you to almost every aspect you need to understand for using Photoshop CS5.
As a digital photographer I find I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom almost as often as I use Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is the current version and is a powerful software program for digital photographers. The advantages about using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 are the non-destructive editing features, cataloging and organizing images, slideshow and web gallery options, and the ability to print from the application. I recently reviewed Adobe Photoshop CS5 Learn by Video and was impressed with this well-produced series by video2brain. This handsomely packaged 10 hour instructional DVD and 120 page reference guide is all anyone needs to familiarize themselves with the application and achieve proficiency in a short amount of time.
Like many Photoshop users I upgrade to the current version when the need for the newest features becomes too tempting to ignore. The latest version of Adobe Photoshop is CS5. A bevy of extraordinary new improvements such as Content-Aware Fill, Camera Raw 6, Brushes, Puppet Warp, Refine Edge Dialog, amongst others, make this application a creative and more efficient way to process workflow.