Adobe alternatives?

Started Oct 31, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Bobzilla2
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Adobe alternatives?
Oct 31, 2012

I have previously had access to a copy of photoshop, but I no longer have that privilege.  I will struggle to justify £400 to the Mrs for photo editing for a hobby.  So what alternatives do I have?  I always shoot raw to give maximum flexibility on editing.

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Bridge - I really like the file management of Bridge - all in one viewing full screen of files, scan through them quickly, instant reject, file management, everything there in one place.

Layers - being able to edit photos but not change the underlying picture, just adding an adjustment filter to it that I can get rid of if I screw it up.

Anything else I am not sure that I really need or would use.  I generally use the hue/saturation/levels/curves type tools, and not the touch up tools.  As I said, I'm an amateur, not a pro, and I don't have time to go for long training sessions on how to use said software to its full advantage (hence not liking the £400 price tag if I can avoid it, legitimately).

Suggestions?  Thanks.

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