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Anyone tried GIMP for P/P?
Are there any pros and cons in comparison to Photoshop (I avoid comparing it to Lightroom 3 as I think its fine the way it is; except maybe the lack of channel mixer LOL)? Is it less hardware demanding on your (Windows)system?
Just want to know what the users of this program think and hope to enlighten me.
In my opinion it looks like the whole world needs to have Photoshop. If you do not have it, you are not a serious photographer. Well, B#llsh%t
Why would people pay €1000 for some software which they might only be using 5 to 10%? Most people I know who have PS don't have a clue what this program can actually do.
Paint Shop Pro cost well under €100 has got the most used items you could want for editing your pictures.
Imho PS is a program made for image-manipulation. For real developing and some editing of your photo's PSPX3 and Lightroom are perfect. They do what you would do in the old days using film.
But nowadays image-manipulation is named in the same word as photography which it isn't. You see so many images that are so different form the initial basic shot that it has nothing to do with photography, but more in ways like art or creativity.
I nowadays know more people who have crap photo skills, but are superb Photoshoppers, and yes they get credit for their "great" photography...
Ok, enough ranting.. haha
If you like photography, developing software like Lightroom, Capture NX is perfect and very affordable.
For editing I would recommend PSP or similar ( Gimp ) and you will be fine for 99%
Unless you want to go really extreme in your images and change your images in a way that would not be possible otherwise, spend €1000 on PS...
But that's my 2 cents
Nikon FX body's and some Nikkor FX glass I believe...
Praktica 35mm analogue just for fun
I also use Lightroom like 90-95% of my RAW edits and was looking for another, much photography oriented (and less system killer), to pair with my Lightroom and cover the remaining 5-10%.
I totally agree with you that PS is more of an image manipulator and oriented a lot less to photography; and yep, other's get credit for "great shots" when it was manipulated soooo much... leaving me to scratch my head and without a single praise for my shots LOL
I'm quite interested in that Paint Shop Pro program (maybe even GIMP, but I'm now leaning to PSP); I will look into tonight as a possible PS replacement. Really need something to pair up with Lightroom for the other edits I can't achieve within Lightroom. Sure hope the learning curve isn't steep!
Does it also have similar functionality like HDR stacking or merging for panorama?
Oh yeah! Same question to Remco about those functions on PSP.
Anyway, if it is occasional use, get Gimp. If it is heavy processing that something like Lightroom (or the poorman's Lightroom Raw Therapee) can't handle, get Ps.
Hope that helped.
So, far I find it quite useful for some of my edits that I just can't do in Lightroom 3. Not at all PC heavy as PS CS5. But I'll wait and use it some more before I completely praise it and recommend this to y'all. hehehhe
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