Something in between Photoshop Elements and Picassa??

Started Jan 22, 2007 | Discussions
librucefan Junior Member • Posts: 35
Something in between Photoshop Elements and Picassa??

I'm relatively new to the world of DSLRs and have been looking for something with a bit more ability in the realm of PP than Picassa.

After some research, I downloaded the trial version of Photoshop Elements and find it good, but a bit much (I really only use the Quick Fix editing features), and a bit slow to use.

Can anyone suggest other software that I should try?

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Re: Something in between Photoshop Elements and Picassa??

If the cost of Elements 5.0 is an obstacle, you could get an earlier version, say 3.0, for much less. Check on ebay.
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OP librucefan Junior Member • Posts: 35
Re: Something in between Photoshop Elements and Picassa??

No, it's not the cost of Element (though I wouldn't really want to spend more than $100) its the complexity (outside of the Quick Fix menu) but moreso the sluggish speed.

Don Trust Contributing Member • Posts: 544
Try Faststone...

http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

Free, and is a great viewer with some extensive editing capabilities.

Don Trust Contributing Member • Posts: 544
Re: Try Faststone...

well, maybe 'extensive' is a bit of an overstaement. It is simple, though.

JD Davis Contributing Member • Posts: 671
Re: Something in between Photoshop Elements and Picassa??

I think just about anything that will give a good image output will have some advanced features.

When you say basic editing, it's kind of hard to tell what you really mean. I don't know how much you are willing to spend either. You can do a lot of color enhancements with something like Irfanview, which is free. I've used it for sharpening, contrast and color enhancements, and cropping a lot of times when I'm in a hurry.

There is one I have used that I thought was ok for quick fixes and also has some auto fixes for color and contrast, etc.. It's called Photo Explosion Deluxe. Mine was version 2. It still has a bit of a learning curve to use the advanced features, but I think just about anyone can get good results using this one right away.

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wishbone Regular Member • Posts: 137
Re: Something in between Photoshop Elements and Picassa??

Helicon Filter is very easy to use, and pretty robust.

I also like Upshot, the Fast Fix works very well. But is is not particularly fast, and is a bit of a system hog.

Both have 30 day free trials, and are well under $100 purchased.

Priscilla Messinger Senior Member • Posts: 2,992
Re: Something in between Photoshop Elements and Picassa??

I am very happy with PSP X. Gimp is free and excellent, as well.
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OP librucefan Junior Member • Posts: 35
Re: Something in between Photoshop Elements and Picassa??

Sorry, PSP X? I did a search but did not find the full name?

Priscilla Messinger Senior Member • Posts: 2,992
Re: Something in between Photoshop Elements and Picassa??
OP librucefan Junior Member • Posts: 35
Re: Something in between Photoshop Elements and Picassa??

Thank you Priscilla!

Priscilla Messinger wrote:

Paint Shop Pro X from Corel.

http://www.paintshoppro.com/pspx_offer/index.html?trkid=28626581
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Conchita Veteran Member • Posts: 9,914
Re: Something in between Photoshop Elements and Picassa??

I would definitely check out PSP to see if you like it better than PE, but I don't really think it's any simpler.

RonHrl Senior Member • Posts: 2,794
Look at Microsoft Digital Image Suite...

It's not as robust as PSE5, but sounds like it would do what you want and it's supposed to be easier to learn.

Or, you could try Elements a bit longer; you might find yourself getting addicted to the fun, pleasure, and satisfaction of photo-editing.
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