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itisme25

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Hi All,

I have a new intel based MBP with 4 gig of ram. I am wanting to buy a really good photo manipulation software package however I have no clue what is the best one to purchase. I would love to find something that is open source if at all possible, I take a ton of pics on my travels for work and I would love to be able to get crazy with them or merge them when that would be appropriate. Any and all suggestions are most appreciated!

Thanks!

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Hi itisme25, welcome to the forums.


For premium software: Adobe Photoshop CS3

For open source: The Gimp ( http://www.gimp.org/macintosh/ )

Photoshop is excellent, I use it for everything image editing-wise.


- James.

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If you're going to do actual 'editing-editing' you want Photoshop. However if you're just going to adjust lighting issues and correct hues Apple's Aperture and Adobe's Lightroom will work.

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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the responses! I did download GIMP and I have x11 running on my MBP and everytime I go to edit a photo GIMP just shuts down and quits. Anyone have any ideas on this? I am fixing to go and see if there is some update for the x11 that I dont have. Hopefully that will resolve the problem.


I will be doing "editing-editing" playing with layers adding and removing things from the image and stitching multiple photo's together to get a panaramic photo :D

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Once I downloaded the updated X11 GIMP started working :)

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i really would suggest photoshop, it is way deeper and complexer than any other program. If you really want the best for extreme-advanced photo editing, than go for photoshop.

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Pixelmator looks good, though I haven't used it.

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all depends on your needs. If you're into super editing and need every ability ever made, photoshop is great. I use gimp mostly, can't go wrong with it (mainly cause its free and does alot of stuff)

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i really like aperture for quick editing

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I have no idea,but I also want to know it :P

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iPhoto 09 will allow you to do just about any post/correction you could ever want. If you want to get more into composition, Gimp and Photoshop.

If you don't envision yourself doing a lot of detailed text work with your photos, just download Gimp (fossfor.us has a Leopard build) and go to town. The only thing Gimp is really lacking from PS nowadays (for photo/web use) is vector text.

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If you want opensource/freeware I would suggest the combination RawTherapee with Gimp. RawTherapee is used to import your RAW photos and do the basic color/exposure adjustments and Gimp for the real editing.

Otherwise go for the combination Lightroom with Photoshop.
I actually like this combo the best as Lightroom is more stable than RawTherapee and Photoshop has some better features...





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