Adobe alternatives?

Started Oct 31, 2012 | Discussions thread
Scott Eaton Senior Member • Posts: 2,219
Re: GIMP is highly usable

Fluorescent lights may have improved somewhat in terms of CRI over the years due to improved phosphor sets but color temps are just as varied as ever. Commercial bay lighting can range from 6000k to 3500k depending on who's buying the tubes. The problem posted is a valid and common one, although it's something simple enough that can be accomplished with open source tools. As long as dynamic range isn't an issue it could be fixed with two different RAW white balances and some careful layering.

I mess with Gimp a couple times a year to see how it's coming, and while the application has made progress it still continues to be plagued with the 'strap on' effect of having too many developers shoving their ideas into a freebie package. The result is half the more advanced workflow techniques either don't work or crash for no reason. Even the error windows don't have sufficient explanations in Gimp.

Adobe PS and LR have brick walls as well, but typically when you run into a problem other *professionals* are having the same issue and you can find a documented fix that doesn't involve some rude geek hot linking one solution thread to another solution thread and on and on while not listening. Net result is wasting a whole lot of time and getting no where. Bridge sucks and always has.

At one time I had hope for RAWTherapee, but it's like trying to work with Microsoft Excel as a front end for a RAW editor. Again, Adobe just works.

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