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Let's talk about some alternatives to photoshop and how to learn how to use them.

For those who love photoshop, we got a thread for that: https://permies.com/t/130541/art/Photoshop

The idea is to get a thread for each type of editing software, then compile them into one big list


free software that comes with the computer

free software that comes with the camera
canon digital photo professional

Free software

gimp
darktable

Other software

Capture One

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I use PaintShopPro...

 
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I use Photoscape. I'm on a Mac.  It is easy to use, but not at all comprehensive.

I used Photoshop for years.  Photoscape does not compare, but it's "quick and dirty" as my Dad would put it.  It's effective for what I primarily need it for - real estate photos and writing words or arrows on photos.  And I can make most pictures I want to keep or share look better, too.  But not art quality by any means.

I just watched the video in the post about Darktable - wow, that looks cool.  That program is much more like Photoshop.
 
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Are there any free ones for Mac that are good for processing RAW files and other basic editing?
 
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Anyone tried Capture one?  https://www.captureone.com/

They seem subscription-based but I can't see if they are cloud-based or if they will work offline.
 
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Although I haven't run it through its paces, I've liked using Paint.net so far:   https://www.getpaint.net/

 
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Photoscape is good.  Personally I prefer FastStone.  It is free and really sophisticated.

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Life without lightroom (part of the Adobe suite)
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4448554

Interesting discussion about different software for editing and converting RAW files
 
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For most of the everyday stuff canva (obnline) is all you need! i find gimp is a bit clumsy.
 
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adding these here for myself as much as anything.  Some of these may have been mentioned above.

https://www.on1.com/products/

https://www.dxo.com/dxo-photolab/

 
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Here's a very useful description of the main types of image software that are covered by the Adobe Lightroom/photoshop package

Essentially there are three main processes involved in digital imaging after the image has been captured.



1. DAM (digital asset management) relates to cataloguing the images using the associated metadata - in other words a database. A good DAM should be able to locate images very quickly based on various criteria. This becomes very important as one's image collection grows. Lightroom has an excellent database facility.



2. Raw conversion and non-destructive image editing (as raw files can not be directly edited). Lightroom has an excellent raw converter and non-destructive image editor which is fully integrated with its database. Other apps which do raw conversion and non-destructive image editing include Photolab3 by DxO mentioned above which is very good and reasonably priced and Capture One which is reputedly very good but also very expensive.



3. Pixel-based photo editors such as Photoshop allow modification of the actual pixels in a file and are the go to tool for detailed retouching (including removing dust spots) and layer-based image editing. Affinity Photo is another pixel-based image editor.



 
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r ranson wrote:adding these here for myself as much as anything.  Some of these may have been mentioned above.

https://www.on1.com/products/

https://www.dxo.com/dxo-photolab/



I use on1 photo raw.
 
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