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Jun 21, 2017 20:01:40   #
kfoo
 
I am considering purchasing a post production software. I have a Mac with i Photo, is ok. I would like to know if the Adobe Photoshop, at $9.99 a month is a good choice? How complicated it the learning curve on Photoshop. Comments would be greatly appreciated.

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Jun 21, 2017 20:07:19   #
WayneT
 
Check out Affinity Photo and On1 RAW before you pull the trigger on Photoshop.

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Jun 21, 2017 20:09:59   #
JoanieD
 
Photoshop, of course, is an excellent program. WIf you are a good student and can learn online or in a classroom, and practice everything you learn, then not much beats it.
That being said, On One offers a great stand-alone program, also a plug in. It has a lot of easy features, as well as many presets. You can use jpg as well as raw files.
Have fun...and get whatever gets you out from in front of the computer and back to being behind the camera.
Joan

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Jun 21, 2017 20:11:18   #
speters (a regular here)
 
kfoo wrote:
I am considering purchasing a post production software. I have a Mac with i Photo, is ok. I would like to know if the Adobe Photoshop, at $9.99 a month is a good choice? How complicated it the learning curve on Photoshop. Comments would be greatly appreciated.

I think the $9.99 is an excellent choice. There is a learning curve to Photoshop, but the software is pretty much straight forward and easy to learn. It all depends on how far you want to take it, because it is such a powerful software, there is always something new you can learn about it, but if you just use it for what you need to do, it is a very easy program ( I find Photoshop Elements way more complicated)!

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Jun 21, 2017 20:14:22   #
Gene51 (a regular here)
 
kfoo wrote:
I am considering purchasing a post production software. I have a Mac with i Photo, is ok. I would like to know if the Adobe Photoshop, at $9.99 a month is a good choice? How complicated it the learning curve on Photoshop. Comments would be greatly appreciated.


I'm going on year 18 with Photoshop and I feel like I have barely cracked the surface. You can learn Lightroom's editing function in a weekend. The Library module is a little harder, but manageable.

All kidding aside, you don't have to know everything about PS to be able to use it to improve and enhance your images. It's one of those software packages that reveals itself in stages. Think of it as peeling the layers of an onion. My statement about it's learning curve, while written with tongue in cheek, does have some truth to it. Different people use PS for different things - to create graphics, animation, edit video, combine images into composites, retouching, restoration, as a replacement for the wet darkroom - the list is pretty endless. The good thing is that you are not likely to ever outgrow it. There will always be something new you can do with it that you didn't know you could do the previous day.

To shorten your learning curve, I suggest you join a local photo club, where you can find others who are more familiar with post processing and are willing to share.

Yes, to your question - PS/LR is the best and least expensive well-supported pair of applications in the world of post processing. And I am not an Adobe Fan-Boy. I've just used, and in many cases, continue to use other applications - but none are as rich and complete as PS/LR.

I have used Raw Therapee, Capture One, DXO Optics Pro, Faststone Image Viewer, On1 Raw, Corel PhotoPaint, PhotoLine, and a variety of plugins like NIk, Topaz, and On1 10. These are all pretty good, but none are as complete.

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Jun 21, 2017 21:09:07   #
rgrenaderphoto (a regular here)
 
For $9.95/month the Adobe Creative Cloud is a steal. And as a Photographer, spend time learning Lightroom; it takes much more than a weekend to realize its full potential.

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Jun 21, 2017 21:09:31   #
anotherview (a regular here)
 
The full Photoshow can prove daunting. You may wish to start with Photoshop Elements, and then later move up to Photoshop.

You may also wish to consider attending workshops teaching the basics of photo-editing in Photoshop.

BTW: You cannot beat Photoshop CC for $9.99 per month rental fee. It includes free upgrades and updates. You receive the premier photo-editing program on the planet.

Good luck.
kfoo wrote:
I am considering purchasing a post production software. I have a Mac with i Photo, is ok. I would like to know if the Adobe Photoshop, at $9.99 a month is a good choice? How complicated it the learning curve on Photoshop. Comments would be greatly appreciated.

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Jun 21, 2017 21:50:50   #
Racmanaz
 
Only you can answer the question if "the Adobe Photoshop, at $9.99 a month is a good choice (for you)?" For me it was not the case, I surely did not want to commit myself to perpetual monthly subscription for an editing software. I instead favored a software that can be bought out right with no subscription obligation, therefore I purchased Affinity Photo for $49.99 one time fee. Check it out for yourself and I am certain you will not be disappointed.

Affinity Photo is on sale now for $39.99

https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/

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Jun 22, 2017 03:48:03   #
Leicaflex
 
First take a look at Affinity software.
You can download it and try for thirty days.

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Jun 22, 2017 05:50:04   #
dpullum (a regular here)
 
Leicaflex wrote:
First take a look at Affinity software. You can download it and try for thirty days.

Affinity was originally designed for Mac and was then, so I have read, completely redone with modern code to be both Mac and Windows. It is a great program and plunk down $50 and you own it for life. Many on line tutorials to help with learning and it is said it is competitive with PS.

https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/

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Jun 22, 2017 05:52:24   #
mborn (a regular here)
 
Gene51 wrote:
I'm going on year 18 with Photoshop and I feel like I have barely cracked the surface. You can learn Lightroom's editing function in a weekend. The Library module is a little harder, but manageable.

All kidding aside, you don't have to know everything about PS to be able to use it to improve and enhance your images. It's one of those software packages that reveals itself in stages. Think of it as peeling the layers of an onion. My statement about it's learning curve, while written with tongue in cheek, does have some truth to it. Different people use PS for different things - to create graphics, animation, edit video, combine images into composites, retouching, restoration, as a replacement for the wet darkroom - the list is pretty endless. The good thing is that you are not likely to ever outgrow it. There will always be something new you can do with it that you didn't know you could do the previous day.

To shorten your learning curve, I suggest you join a local photo club, where you can find others who are more familiar with post processing and are willing to share.

Yes, to your question - PS/LR is the best and least expensive well-supported pair of applications in the world of post processing. And I am not an Adobe Fan-Boy. I've just used, and in many cases, continue to use other applications - but none are as rich and complete as PS/LR.

I have used Raw Therapee, Capture One, DXO Optics Pro, Faststone Image Viewer, On1 Raw, Corel PhotoPaint, PhotoLine, and a variety of plugins like NIk, Topaz, and On1 10. These are all pretty good, but none are as complete.
I'm going on year 18 with Photoshop and I feel lik... (show quote)





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Jun 22, 2017 06:16:48   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
kfoo wrote:
I am considering purchasing a post production software. I have a Mac with i Photo, is ok. I would like to know if the Adobe Photoshop, at $9.99 a month is a good choice? How complicated it the learning curve on Photoshop. Comments would be greatly appreciated.


Photoshop is the top of the heap in terms of power, learning difficulty, and cost. There are lots of excellent alternatives for free or at a reasonable price.

Affinity
http://www.shutterbug.com/content/affinity-photo-software-review-has-photoshop-met-its-match#d1c5lY5EQ03QoLjh.97
http://www.diyphotography.net/affinity-photo-can-give-adobe-run-money/
Others
http://digital-photography-school.com/a-beginners-guide-to-choosing-the-right-post-production-software/
http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2015/03/23/best-photo-editing-software-photoshop-cc-and-7-photoshop-alternatives-tested/1/
http://www.redmondpie.com/best-adobe-photoshop-alternatives-for-windows-and-mac-list/

Free -
http://www.download3.co/ic/picasa/index.php?kw=%2Bpicasa
http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/the-best-photoshop-alternatives-that-are-totally-free-5974500
http://lightzoneproject.org/

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Jun 22, 2017 06:41:12   #
MikeMck (a regular here)
 
Thanks for the links.

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Jun 22, 2017 06:52:58   #
anotherview (a regular here)
 
As usual, the contrarians will speak on this question.

Typically, they offer two points: 1) You can download other photo-editing software for free; and 2) they want to own the software instead of paying a license fee every month.

Sometimes they will add that this free software will perform the job very well, although from what I understand nothing tops Photoshop.

Importantly, they misunderstand the terms of purchased software. The user does not own it, but has purchased a license to use it.

Yes, only you can decide which way you want to go.

Incidentally, Photoshop CC rents on a monthly subscription basis if the user so chooses. And I believe Adobe offers a free trial of this software. A boatload of tutorials exist online to instruct users how to do things in Photoshop.

In my view, Adobe offers the best photo-editing software on the planet at a reasonable monthly fee with periodic updates and upgrades at no extra cost.

Pick a lesser photo-editing software for now if it suits your needs. You can always turn to Photoshop later.

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Jun 22, 2017 07:19:44   #
Mary Kate
 
anotherview wrote:
As usual, the contrarians will speak on this question.

Typically, they offer two points: 1) You can download other photo-editing software for free; and 2) they want to own the software instead of paying a license fee every month.

Sometimes they will add that this free software will perform the job very well, although from what I understand nothing tops Photoshop.

Importantly, they misunderstand the terms of purchased software. The user does not own it, but has purchased a license to use it.

Yes, only you can decide which way you want to go.

Incidentally, Photoshop CC rents on a monthly subscription basis if the user so chooses. And I believe Adobe offers a free trial of this software. A boatload of tutorials exist online to instruct users how to do things in Photoshop.

In my view, Adobe offers the best photo-editing software on the planet at a reasonable monthly fee with periodic updates and upgrades at no extra cost.

Pick a lesser photo-editing software for now if it suits your needs. You can always turn to Photoshop later.
As usual, the contrarians will speak on this quest... (show quote)



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