Ha! I love this!! Would really like to learn how to do this...
Imec's comment was in reference to a flying deer (elk?) posted by Rikita in the "Creatively Altered" thread.
There are several threads in the Image Bank "Technique" sub-board dedicated to particular photo editors, but this one is for general discussion of photo editing programs. If you wish to make a tutorial/recommendation for a particular photo editor, please make a separate thread for it. Thanks, Bixa
i am not really an expert on editing programs, so i am not sure i can advise, but i will try... with adobe 8 you mean adobe photoshop cs 8.0?
anyway, i don't know if it is necessary to buy photoshop. it depends a bit what you want to do. if you don't want to go into too much detail, nor want to use photos commercially, you might be fine with a freeware program. with this photo above i am not even sure anymore if i did it in photoshop or with Gimp... These days I use Gimp more than Photoshop... Photoshop is of course great if you really want to edit photos a lot, it has functions Gimp or other free programs don't have, but to be able to use those you need time. Personally, I don't even know how most of those work. Maybe for stuff like tilt/shift images I'd need photoshop again, but I think maybe I can do even that with Gimp...
so personally, i think if you just start editing photos you could use a free program at first, and when you get to that one's limits you know a bit what you want from such a program and then can decide which one to buy... (of course that means you have to relearn how to do some of the functions, but i didn't find it that difficult to relearn them...)
I also use Gimp, although mostly just for cropping and a bit of contrast if I think it's lacking. I used to have Photoshop Elements (much less complicated than the whole Photoshop system), which was enough for most of what I wanted to do. Even then, I didn't use most of what was available.
Can someone who's been paying closer attention than I have post and list the photo editing software that is favored by users on here? I don't mean online photo hosting, I mean like Photoshop Elements, or Corel or .... Pros and cons would be nice.
I need a Christmas gift for someone who's getting a new Mac for xmas. Thanks a bunch.
Fumobici, I think -- cannot swear to it -- that these plug-ins are adaptable in various ways. Obviously great for people who already have the obscenely overpriced Adobe Photoshop, but I believe there are workarounds.
This is from a comment in the link from "Patrick G": It can be used as standalone tools without much trouble of "hack".
(On Windows) You can make shortcuts to the individual .exe files on your desktop and then just drag stacks of images (I use 16-Bit TIFF, see below) onto them. Warning: Those files will be overwritten with the edited version, so use copies/exports. The tool then opens the stack (it can be even a 100 images) and you work your way through each of them by going next/prev..
My workflow: I batch-export to 16-bit TIFFs from my RAWs in Canon Photo Professional (DPP) into a subfolder, go there (still in DPP) & select a batch of photos and drag them onto the desktop-symbol I want (DFine2 first, then Color- or SilverFX etc.) , works flawlessly. Since it works with shortcuts in general you can set up the "send-to" context menu in Explorer as well, just remember you will edit the original file, there is no save-as. Have edited thousands of photos that way, just need a bit of care. I like it even better than using them as a plugin, since running batches works so well.
P.S.: Regarding the "overwrite originals" problem, it works better when used as a plugin for Photoshop Elements (and it's Organizer), the full Photoshop or Lightroom. But some other tools offer "open-in" or "edit-in" as well, if you can edit the external editor manually it should work.
Could be worth exploring further. I do have to say, though, that Google screws up every single thing it gets its octopus arms on.