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    This may not be the correct forum but I have a question about photo software...

    I have never had any luck with Photoshop. When I need to do something to a photo, I do not want to spend hours trying to figure out how to use the software...

    Does anyone know of an intuitive, user friendly software?
     
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    Have you tried Photoshop Elements, Chris has recommended it to a few people, he said you can do things manually or select to do it automatically.
     
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    Have you tried the photoshop youtube tutorials? I find that much easier to understand than reading instructions. I then made my own notes in my own language for future edits I wanted to make.
     
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    I wish I knew the answer :(

    I've ALWAYS found all the adobe products to be incredibly powerful but totally unintuitive. It's been said more than once to me that they're designed for arty people and I'm too techy :/ dont know whether to laugh or cry :lol: but I must admit I've seen arty friends who struggle with email pick up photoshop and learn it very quickly indeed.

    I do agree with Brit, to SOME extent at least, I think my problem is I've not taken time to learn it.

    I used to really love paint shop pro. It was very intuitive and worked great but I think in its latest versions it's probably no better than photoshop :/ I may give it a download and see though.

    It does depend whether you're after drawing lines and things on the photo, adding text etc or just applying filters, brightening it up a bit, cropping etc.

    If you're just after the latter, improving how the photo looks, adobe lightroom will import your photos into a library and allow you to very easily "edit" them to make them pop. However it's not the right tool for drawing lines and things. Photoshop elements which Wendy mentioned, is a cut down photoshop and is designed to be easy to use (not sure its easy ENOUGH but its definitely easier)
     
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    How much/what kind of manipulation are you wanting to do, Donna? And do you want to have total control over it, or do you just want it to "handle it"?
     
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    I guess I would have to look at Elements. I used to use Microsoft Picture It and I could do so much with it - both the brightening/contrast etc, but I could also add lines/text, that sort of thing. It, however, is no longer supported. And I miss it.

    So I need to find something. I watch crafting shows and they show a segment about digital scrapbooking. And when they say how easy it is to use their software - and then it takes 10 steps to do what I used to be able to do in just a couple... I just hate to spend a bundle on software that I may end up considering a waste...

    I'll watch the tutorials, I guess, and see what I think.

    Thanks for your advice!
     
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    Donna, have you ever heard of GIMP?
     
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    No I haven't.
     
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    Really like snapseed for the ipad
     
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    Thanks. No iPad though... just a Toshiba laptop.
     
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    Did a quick look up for this. Sounds interesting. Have you used it?
     
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    Chris said download paint.net it's a supercharged version of paint that is on the computer. He said it might be enough for you.

    He thinks you will find GIMP frustrating, its an open source program which is very powerful bit not user friendly.
     
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    I have done a fair bit of Photo manipulation with Photoshop, but I find that it`s one of those programmes that you need to be on it on a regular basis or else I forget exactly what to do.
    For fairly basic fixes and to add a few effects, I tend to use Picasa which [best of all], is a free download. Maybe it`s worth having a peek Donna.
     
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    I have used GIMP quite a bit before switching to Photoshop. And while I found it less frustrating/more intuitive than PS, it certainly wasn't as easy to use as, say, Picasa or PicMonkey (which I love). Again, it all depends on what you're looking for and how much control you want to have over the process. TBH, I have never found "one" program that fits ALL my needs, I find I move between programs depending on my needs and how much time I have to spend on the project.
     
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    One of the things I do is repair old photos like scratches, fold lines, etc. I even removed a zit from the end of my granddaughter's nose once! LOL

    I've scanned over sized documents in multiple pieces and "sewed" them back together using my old (now non supported) software.
     
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    Sorry.....

    So that details just a few things I do.
     
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    Given what you've said, Donna, this might be a great starting point. I tend to forget about paint.net because it's only for Windows, and I've become quite the "Mac girl" insomuch as photo editing is concerned. I've only used it in a limited capacity; but I agree with Chris, it might work for you. I think my downfall was twofold - 1) I switched platforms (to Mac) and 2) I have always had a slight distaste for the original "Paint" program - I always felt it was awkward and clunky...but then again MANY people feel that way about Photoshop!
     
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    Been doing some reading on Paint.com. mixed reviews....

    Some of the reviews mentioned needing to download plug ins or add ins to get a usable product. And the biggest complaint was about extra "garbage" downloaded with those add ins.

    Anyone have any experience with that?
     
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    We bought my dad photoshop elements, he couldn't get into photoshop but he found Elements much easier.

    You have to pay for that though.

    What software were you using before?
     
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    I used to use Microsoft Picture It 2000. But when I went to a newer version of Windows it wasn't supported.
     

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