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Old 03-21-2011, 07:35 PM
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Image Editing Software

This is a thread to share the software (and features) that you use to edit/manage your wilderness photographic images.

I, primarily, use Photoshop CS5. I've been using versions of it since it was created.

At times, I'll make very simple edits with low-end, free software such as FastStone Image Resizer and Picasa. But I prefer Photoshop.

There is a variety of freeware image editors available that have an extensive range of features (e.g. GIMP, PhotoScape,...).

Feel free to use this thread to share what you use and to discuss features (as they pertain to the editing/managing of your wilderness photos).

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Old 03-21-2011, 09:29 PM
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I use a lot of different software, but really like the Adobe products. I primarily use Photoshop Elements 9 and Lightroom 3 for Mac at home and the CS3/CS5 Creative Suite for Windows at work.

I think Picasa is a great free program for photo management and basic editing. I've also had fun with Picnik, an online program that partners with Picasa.

Microsoft Picture Manager works in a pinch, but I only use it when I need a quick batch change, like renaming multiple files at one time.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:32 PM
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Although I use film, I scan, edit, and print digitally. I still use Photoshop Elements 5. The most common adjustments I make are levels, tonal and contrast adjustments (especially midtone contrast), localized dodging and burning, cropping, and very judicious sharpening. I also use the cloning tool for dust and artifact removal (if the scanning doesn't go well, I may use that feature a lot). I would like to have CS to work with, but in truth I need very little of that program that Elements doesn't already offer.

Where Elements 5 does lack, I use plug-ins to make up for it. I most often use FocalBlade for finely controlled sharpening, and I use Knock Out (by Corel) for complex masking problems. I also have a plug in that provides curves (although I seldom use that tool myself).

I sometimes use Paint Shop Pro XI for its unusual Scratch Remover tool. Some larger artifacts or unusual dust problems seem to clean up better and much faster with it. Overall, though, I find I like Elements 5 better, probably because I am used to it.

I also use a colorimeter to calibrate my monitor for color accuracy (I highly recommend this), and a program called VueScan to run my scanners.

I no longer print from the image editor. I use a stand-alone program called Qimage, which is unusual because it uses a printer driver sharpener which does a really incredible job of sharpening fine detail - without the noise and "grain" that can accompany more extreme sharpening when done in an image editor. If you use your printer's standard Windows driver for printing, this program simply can't be beat. (Unfortunately Qimage is not available for Mac.) I also often use QuadTone RIP because it allows me to use custom ink sets for black and white printing.

Some of the programs I mention above are a little specialized, and maybe not everyone needs them. Vuescan, Qimage, FocalBlade, and QTR started as shareware, and they represent some rather low-cost but very high quality options for improving your photos. I know of some fine art photographers who use them along with CS instead of using tools CS has. A lot of people don't even know excellent quality shareware add-ons for Elements or PaintShop are out there. If you are trying to get better at photography, at some point, you may find them a very welcome surprise.

I'd say it's pretty amazing what computers can do to our backcountry photos these days. I remember the first moon photos sent back by Ranger, and how NASA used very complex technology and mainframes to enhance the images. Now we can buy (relatively) affordable software that we can use at home on a desktop, and it works far better than what the "ancient" mainframes did. Simply amazing.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:35 PM
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I use PhotoFiltre for quick size/cropping/resolution changes and other minor stuff. It's good at batch processing for things like trip reports. I use GIMP for serious manipulations used mainly as preparatory drawings for art projects. For something that requires true perfection, I use Mrs. big_load's full-up Photoshop. I don't normally post or distribute altered photos, though.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:53 AM
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I dump my photos into Lightroom 3 where the sorting, tagging, and organizing goes down. Almost all processing occurs here too, except for the special stuff that needs cloning or preparation for prints; that goes to Photoshop CS5.1.

Lightroom and Photoshop take care of all my image wrangling needs.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:29 AM
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I use CorelDRAW daily in my sign business so I do my image editing in that suite. I have Adobe CS2 and will probably soon purchase CS6 so that I can import certain files sent by customers, however, I don't use the Adobe products enough to be very proficient with them. I've got about thirty thousand hours experience with Corel over the last twenty years so I can make Corel sing and dance in my sleep.
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:42 PM
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I use Paint.NET for most everything. I sometimes use GIMP but mostly Paint.NET.
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