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Corel Paint shop Pro X4 versus Photoshop 6
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Jun 12, 2012 09:51:54   #
bioteacher
 
I have been using PSP, currently using PaintShop Pro X4 Service Pack 2, since it was developed by JASC and was wondering about purchasing Photoshop 6 extended. I was wondering if anybody uses both programs and are there big differences between both programs to justify spending $250/00 (academic pricing). I know that PSP opens up another window for RAW files, but what are the other differences? As always, I value your opinions.
 
Jun 12, 2012 13:15:03   #
belle44
 
Hello Bioteacher - I have used both Corel Paint Shop and Adobe Photoshop...I just recently updated my PC and I re-installed Adobe, Corel did not get re-installed.

I found Adobe easier as far as workflow, and I found that it worked better for my exposure adjustments. They both do alot, and Corel was what I learned on - but once I started using Adobe, I found myself using Corel less and less until I didn't even touch it anymore.

I found that there are a LOT more plug-ins available for Adobe vs. Corel too...more fun things to play with when you use Photoshop! :)

I also found Corel locked up alot once I moved to shooting in RAW...when I shot only .jpg, it was okay, but it seemed to have difficulty with my RAW files, that and the workflow steps I found to be cumbersome was really the end of it for me. It's a great piece of software, but I do prefer Adobe.

Just my personal experience - good luck with your choice!

Belle
Jun 12, 2012 14:31:25   #
hlmichel
 
I have used PSP from X2,X3 and X4. X4 does tend to lock up on RAW files from time to time. I can limit this by remembering to restart the computer from time to time--every day, not several times during one day.

In the past, there was an ongoing battle between the two with each upgrade. Sometimes PSP was better; sometimes PS was better. But lately Corel does little more than add fluff features and fix bugs while Photoshop gets meaningful features.

I tried a demo of the latest PS and found it smooth and responsive. The selection tool(just click and drag to expand the selection) is something I wish Corel would add to PSP.

If I could afford PS I would get it, and then gather up all the free actions I could find.

But, giving my money situation, I'll just learn to love PSP.
Jun 13, 2012 05:59:41   #
lachmap
 
hlmichel wrote:
I have used PSP from X2,X3 and X4. X4 does tend to lock up on RAW files from time to time. I can limit this by remembering to restart the computer from time to time--every day, not several times during one day.

In the past, there was an ongoing battle between the two with each upgrade. Sometimes PSP was better; sometimes PS was better. But lately Corel does little more than add fluff features and fix bugs while Photoshop gets meaningful features.

I tried a demo of the latest PS and found it smooth and responsive. The selection tool(just click and drag to expand the selection) is something I wish Corel would add to PSP.

If I could afford PS I would get it, and then gather up all the free actions I could find.

But, giving my money situation, I'll just learn to love PSP.
I have used PSP from X2,X3 and X4. X4 does tend t... (show quote)


Same - only I am still using PSP X2!!! And I am still learning on it so I am way behind all you guys.
Jun 13, 2012 06:39:31   #
BboH
 
I have both - got Photoshop because of a course I took. Also have Nikon's Capture NX2 which is what I predominately use. If Capture won't handle what I want I got to PSP 4. Maybe its the learning curve but I don't like Photoshop???
Jun 13, 2012 08:25:47   #
Opus (a regular here)
 
I used Paint Shop for several years until I switched to Photoshop about 4 years ago. I like Photoshop a whole lot more but understand that Paint Shop Pro is greatly improved now. Try the free Paint Shop trial and see if you like it. If so you will save a boatload of money.
 
Jun 13, 2012 09:12:31   #
Lucian
 
when you say Photoshop 6 do you mean the very old Adobe Photoshop 6 or are you talking about the latest released Adobe Photoshop CS6 or CS6 extended? There is a world of difference in their capabilities.

Having said that Paint Shop Pro is a nice programme with lots of features but it in no way compares with the amazing power of Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Yes Photoshop has a learning curve but so does any new programme and you will most likely never use 80% of its capabilities.

Therefore, might I suggest you go with the watered down version of Photoshop CS and simply purchase Adobe Photoshop Elements 10. This will probably give you everything you will need to work with your images and it was just on sale for about $59 last week, so may still be offered at that price. But Paint Shop Pro and Adobe Photoshop CS6 would be like comparing a Nikon D40 to a Nikon D4.
Jun 13, 2012 09:46:16   #
Grumps'09
 
Bioteacher:
Like Belle, I used both Adobe and Corel for a while, but gradually ceased using Corel at all. Issues with Corel's RAW handling, frequent lock-ups and work flow. Adobe is more complicated, but so much more versitile, especially the new Raw processing engine.
Jun 13, 2012 11:21:14   #
russelray
 
Depending on what I want to do and how fast I want to do it, I use Lightroom 4.1, PaintShop Pro X4, CorelDRAW X6, Photoshop CS6, Photo-Paint X6, and Word 2010. That's generally the order that I use them, too, from heaviest use to little use.

On a scale of 1 to 100 for what the programs can do for photographs, using Photoshop CS6 as a 100 simply because it's the industry standard, I'd rank them thusly:

Photoshop CS6 - 100
CorelDRAW X6 - 100 (Gets this because Photo-Paint X6 integrates seamlessly)
Photo-Paint X6 - 95
PaintShop Pro X4 - 90
Lightroom 4.1 - 75
Word 2010 - 20 (but it's a great 20!)
Jun 13, 2012 13:47:24   #
CanonJC
 
bioteacher wrote:
I have been using PSP, currently using PaintShop Pro X4 Service Pack 2, since it was developed by JASC and was wondering about purchasing Photoshop 6 extended. I was wondering if anybody uses both programs and are there big differences between both programs to justify spending $250/00 (academic pricing). I know that PSP opens up another window for RAW files, but what are the other differences? As always, I value your opinions.


Photoshop 6 is outdated. Photoshop Elements 10 and Corel Paintshop X4 are the best especially CS 4 or 5 is the top champion if you can afford. Enjoy either of it or all.

:)
Jun 13, 2012 15:24:04   #
russelray
 
By the way, for those who think they can't afford Photoshop CS6, try the monthly lease. It's as little as $19.99 a month. I just do without four happy hour margaritas at On The Border each month and I can afford Photoshop! lol
 
Jun 13, 2012 20:21:39   #
mikeysaling
 
try ACDSee works a treat - good as any of the others
Jun 13, 2012 21:01:40   #
CanonJC
 
mikeysaling wrote:
try ACDSee works a treat - good as any of the others


Oh yea, I have ACDSee Pro 5. I love it. Try it.

:thumbup:
Jun 13, 2012 21:09:51   #
lachmap
 
This is my problem: have been using PSP x2 for a few years now and still learning - a slow old dog (me that is) and just find that the idea of having to learn a new program very daunting. Have a lot on my plate - why is it that retired folk (medically retired and 58 yo) have so little time to do stuff as the day gets filled up with other essential stuff!!!!???
Jun 13, 2012 21:22:56   #
mikeysaling
 
tell me about it !! never been so busy as when i 'retired' - took up a hobby of picture framing - i'm cutting down on that to enable more time for my real hobby - yes, you guessed it 'snapping'
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