Adobe alternatives?

Started Oct 31, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jim Cockfield Forum Pro • Posts: 16,342
Re: Tried some

Bobzilla2 wrote:

Bobzilla2 wrote:

OK, Just got hold of a couple of trials. First up is Corel Paintshop Pro X5. Have to say, I'm not impressed. It handles, well, like a £50 piece of software. It is painfully slow to respond, the Camera Raw software is a bit rubbish, there's no exposure adjustment and none of the interesting things I've got used to playing with in Photoshop. And it went into a hissy fit when I pressed the wrong button. No easy flick between thumbnail and full screen as on Adobe Bridge. Even moving on to the real photo editor, it was very very slow. And this is a computer on which Photoshop is slick. It just felt like too much hassle.

On to Serif Photoplus, but given its the free version, I'm not holding out much hope.

Serif was rubbish. Didn't even have a bridge type programme in the free version - I mean, if you won't give a trial on something I won't be prepared to trust it.

Also had a look at AfterShot. Much more promising a programme, but I couldn't work it out. Maybe I was just trying to do things that it couldn't do. As a Raw editor, it was great. Everything I had come to expect. However, as a photo editor it left me a bit underwhelmed, the kind of feeling that I seem to remember when I tried Lightroom. Its not photoshop and its not trying to be. And that's the problem. For everything you would usually want from a developing suite, its great.

No. It's got what most photographers need, and is a great product for streamlining your workflow, saving tons of time (rating and culling images, etc.).  But, it's not designed to be Photoshop replacement (just like Adobe Lightroom won't handle that need).

If you need more advanced editing features, then you'll need another product to supplement a product like Corel AfterShot Pro or Adobe Lightroom.  But, those products will do what most photographers need with images.

I'd experiment with other image editing products for more advanced needs, as most have trial versions you can download and test.

But, I wouldn't underestimate how much time you can save with products like Adobe Lightroom or Corel AfterShot Pro for managing and culling images until you run into where you need a more advanced image editor to handle other needs you may have (as both of them will save you tons of time by helping you to streamline your workflow). Then, just use a different product for more advanced image editing needs for specific images when the need arrives.

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