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X6 updates it's menus + GREAT NEW plug-ins.
on November 2, 2013
I've been a regular user of Adobe Photoshop for over 10 years. I still use Photoshop for most of my quick image editing jobs - because I am very comfortable with the menus, layout, and image corrections. But last year I added Corel Patinshop Pro X5 to my software list. I ended up loving the HUGE set of plug-ins and one-click image enhancement macros. This year's new X6 edition adds even more plug-ins! So when I want to make my photos uniquely different I play with the dozens of different macros that Corel has. As you'll learn, some of these same plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop cost more than the Corel software! So it's a deal in itself!
The biggest improvement that I noticed in the X6 version this year is the better menu system. I'm starting to get a lot faster using Corel. This gets me using the software more often. I'll be curious to see how much I continue to use Adobe Photoshop as the year moves forward.
The bottom line is for under $100 you can't find a better image editing program!
For those shoppers looking for image editing software, my advice is:
-- If you only edit images on occasion and just want to re-size, perform white balancing, or leveling - then GIMP is a free imaging software that will work for you. GIMP is fully loaded with all the fundamental correction abilities that a basic image editor will require. And the software is free. Keep in mind that GIMP runs slower than Corel and Adobe... and doesn't have the plug-ins or cool macros. Of course you can also use the online editing tools like Flickr and Picasa.
-- If you want to create exciting and sometimes wild adjustments to your photos (like adding noise, old time photograph effects, lens flares, HDR, blemish removers, wrinkle removers, and color filters) then Corel Paintshop Pro X6 is for you. And for under $100, this is a great deal.
-- If you are a professional and share files with other professionals; if you light to manually adjust your photos piece by piece; or want the fasting running imaging software, then Adobe Photoshop is for you. At nearly $400, this is a huge jump in price. So you might need a strong reason to shell out the cash, when other software will do the job just as well. Also Adobe Lightroom is another software offering - but this is just for image correction based on camera models and lens. It's the most "techie" of the programs... is a bit dry and limiting. People shooting for magazines and weddings often use Lightroom to perform preliminary editing that may have been missed while shooting.(color leveling, lens filters, etc). Then Photoshop adds some more image effects, like sharpening and blurring.
-- I don't consider Adobe Photoshop Elements on the list of recommended products, even though it's quite popular. For the price, it's offers very little features. I feel they watered it down too much.
Summary. Think of Adobe Photoshop for the paid professional, Corel Paintshop for the home hobbyist or part time professional, and GIMP or web-based editors for the occasional user.