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11. Posted by aussirose (Respected Member 239 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I use picasa for basic editing such as cropping, straightening, brightening up photos or giving them some quick punchy popping colours. There are other fun applications on picasa which I use alot too.
But for more complex pp'ing I head straight to Elements. Love that program and I wouldn't be without it. As Kathrin said.... you lose photo quality every time you edit so make sure you copy the original first and edit on the copy. I learnt the hard way :(

12. Posted by king_golo (Respected Member 96 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I use Irfanview and it fulfils my needs - but I've been curious about Elements for a while and might give it a try as well.
With Irfanview you seem to lose photo quality only when you save the edited image so that I always make several changes without saving the image each time. Of course, I don't use the original, but a copy of the original. For printing the photos up to 30x40cm I haven't had any problems with this.

13. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2013 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

PhotoFiltre7 is quite good free software (note: the Studio version is not free)

14. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 630 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting lilliputian

Photoscape made the list, so it seems you're vindicated Beausoleil and ADAMYAMEY :)
One question for Beausoleil: you say it's great for a free program, but you upgraded to Photoshop. What exactly are the limitations of Photoscape? The article I linked to also says it's less appropriate for more complex applications, but I don't really have a clear idea exactly what that refers to!

It's been a while since I used Photoscape except for pulling it up yesterday to check a couple things but as I recall, there are simply more options in Photoshop Elements. You can do more and different things and the entire program is faster and easier to use. Both programs don't have much of a learning curve. You can pick them up quite easily and quickly. If you have problems, go to YouTube and someone will have a video showing you how to do what you want.

There are a few things I use very rarely, but when I want them, it is nice to have them. Unless you do a lot of photomanipulation, Photoscape is probably all you need, just don't expect any bells and whistles. I tend to use it most when I'm taking several photos and trying to figure out how I want to combine them into something I can use for a painting. That means I really am not using it for photos at all and never print, publish or even save the result. It just helps me visualize what I want to do when I start a drawing. Sounds silly but it saves a tremendous amount of time and sometimes gives me ideas I never would have had otherwise.

On the other hand, if you enjoy making fun postcards or cute Facebook photos with additions to your photo, Elements is much faster and produces really nice results. I did a postcard of one of my paintings on Elements that was a fun way to show it off and took no effort on my part. Photoscape would not have worked for that. I may have been able to do it, but it would have taken a lot of time.

Referring to your comment above, the more complex the operation, the more complex the program you'll need and that would be Adobe Photoshop Elements. If you want to straighten, crop, pop colors, add a bit of text, sharpen, etc. Photoscape is excellent and free. They also keep you updated and it keeps getting better.

Only you know what you need and you can always change your mind. I'd start with Photoscape and see how you like it. If you can't do all you want, then explore further.

15. Posted by alessandro3 (Budding Member 7 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I also recommend PhotoScape :)

16. Posted by St.Alejandro (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I use Lightroom which is the industry standard and it would do what your asking for - keywords, ratings, storing exif data -
as well as processing raw files (though you would need to check your actual camera is supported).
If not supported I think there is a work around using Adobes raw convertor to DNG and so you could convert to a DNG file first?
Certainly would be worth looking into.

I definitely love it and my favourite feature is lightroom preset. There are some free lightroom presets btw here.

17. Posted by TheRovingPuffin (Budding Member 2 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

We personally work with Photoshop (2017 version) for Raw Pictures and shots which deserve the time spent on it.
For anything else we do a quick retouch in lightroom --> about two minutes per picture and very very easy

18. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 587 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

I'm another satisfied Adobe Photoshop Elements user. It does everything I need, from simple cropping and straightening, adjustments to exposure etc, and some fun fancy stuff from time to time.

I recently acquired Landscape Pro, having been tempted by ads on Facebook. It allows you to easily adjust separate elements of a landscape photo and in particular to replace dull skies, but it's easy to get carried away and create a completely false impression of the scene you originally captured (e.g. adding a dramatic storm or even the Aurora!) That can be fun, but I don't think is really appropriate for travel photography as it could give a misleading impression of a place. Used carefully though, I am finding it quite useful to add a bit of interest to a totally flat sky. Where it scores over Elements for this purpose is that it will subtly alter the rest of the scene to reflect changes you make to the sky.

But going back to your original question, if I were spending money on just one photo-editing program it would be Elements every time :)

19. Posted by zzlangerhans (Respected Member 56 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

I use an app called InstaFlash on the iPad which has a great feature called Light EQ. This allows adjustment of the brightness in the photo in five different layers, which is fantastic for iPhone photos and other situations where people and other objects in the foreground are dark because of sunlight in the background. One can therefore lighten shadowed faces and foreground objects without brightening the whole picture and washing out the sky and other background objects. The only problem is that I have to port my pics from my Windows desktop to the iPad, edit them, and then port them back because there's no desktop/online version of this program.

Does anyone know a Windows desktop or online program which has a similar feature?

20. Posted by suhasj123 (Inactive 11 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

Photoshop is the best photo editing software according to me. I am using it since last few years and now I am comfortable with it.
You may like other photo editing software but my favourite is Photoshop.