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    Free photo editors vs. Photoshop Elements




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    Free photo editors vs. Photoshop Elements


    By Lincoln Spector

    You can find plenty of free photo-editing programs. But when you really want to make significant, subtle, or skillful changes in a picture, is free good enough?
    I tested four highly regarded free photo-editing programs and compared each program's results with those of Photoshop Elements, consumer software for which you must pay. Here's what I learned.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/best-software/free-photo-editors-vs-photoshop-elements/ (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

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    If you're checking out free photo editors, you might want to take a look at LightBox Free Image Editor from 19th Parallel. It's intuitive to use and very functional.

    Available at: www.lightboxeditor.com

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    Pretty much as expected, it's those pesky exposure tools that make all the difference. Adobe knows this very well and leaves a critical exposure tool or two out of Elements so that the real[ism] specialists need the expensive version. PhotoPosPro intrigues me non the less, since I hadn't heard of it before and it held up fairly well--maybe it has one specialty that makes it worthwhile.

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    I would like to see a comparison between PhotoPlus X6 and Photoshop Elements 11. I have been using Elements 11 and its photo organizer is extremely slow with my 45k+ photos. Adobe also has a bad habit of leaving the instructional training for their software to others who charge a hefty fee for training. You pay a lot of money for Adobe products. They should include training with the product.

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    I don't really like any of the photo organizers that come with or are part of the most popular image editing programs. I only put up with Paint Shop Pro's sometimes because I can save and apply multiple adjustments to as many images as I want, much like a batch process. Instead I use Faststone or/and XnView in conjunction with Photoshop and PSP and others as the organizational assistants. One can build a list of editors to send the images to where they are opened and one can more easily set a list of most used folders to access instantly in Faststone, and, they both support most current formats.

    One of my sets of photos is somewhere in the 45K range and another is over 150,000 images and I'm satisfied with the speed of each. Picasa is another organizer that a relative uses exclusively and is very happy with. Neither of us cares for the built in organizers at all, with the possible exception of Lightroom, witch is a special case when working a lot in RAW format.

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    I have used photshop elements for some time and have created numerous tags. My PSE is now rather old. If I switch to one of the free softwares discussed here, will I lose all my tags, or will I still be able to see and use them in the new sofrware?

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    Photfiltre

    No-one ever seems to mention PhotoFilter, it's a great editing program if you do not need to use layers. Download the zip version to avoid the Ask toolbar.

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