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Alternatives to Photoshop
Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 4:59 PM on 08.18.13
->> Especially if you are a Windows user.

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Mike Isler, Photographer, Assistant
New York | NY | US | Posted: 5:38 PM on 08.18.13
->> There's also GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP. Very full featured, and a mature product:
http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
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Frank Niemeir, Photographer
Woodstock | GA | usa | Posted: 8:42 PM on 08.18.13
->> Also http://www.getpaint.net and http://www.irfanview.com both free. I used Irfanview to open Kodak CD files that would no longer open in Photoshop.

Ahh, the olden days of Gold CD's.
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Trent Nelson, Photographer
Salt Lake City | UT | USA | Posted: 12:04 AM on 08.19.13
->> Also, film.
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Francis Specker, Photographer
Riverside | CA | USA | Posted: 1:08 AM on 08.19.13
->> On the Mac side of things is Pixelmator, available on the App store.
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Nigel Farrow, Photographer
Suffolk | UK | United Kingdom | Posted: 6:26 AM on 08.19.13
->> The BBC had this on their website at the weekend in which a few alternatives were also suggested :

"Picture this: Is there life after Photoshop?"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23714699
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Will Powers, Photographer
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 8:55 AM on 08.19.13
->> I would say that most photographers don't need much of the Photoshop program. Lots of alternatives are available for dodging and burning etc.

One of the aspects of PS that most photographers don't use is all the settings built in for all the printers, half tones etc.At least I don't

Trent's statement about film makes no sense. If you shoot film and scan the negs or slides, using Photoshop or an alternate is still an option.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 9:20 AM on 08.19.13
->> Gimp, at least to me, is almost counter intuitive. I like some of the creative features, but the standard adjustment & crop ones just don't have a good feel.

Canon users have the option of DPP - Digital Photo Professional. It will do a lot more than just convert raw to usable format and it comes free a new body purchase (at least the last time I purchased a new body).

Film does have possibilities as a lab would do a lot of what I would normally do with PS for editorial images - things such as the scan, color adjust, contrast adjust. Even what they don't do, I could do in Photo Mechanic. The biggest drawback is the few hours it takes the lab to process it.
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Will Powers, Photographer
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 1:01 PM on 08.19.13
->> Alan, A lab can do that to your digital files, too. Shooting film was not alternative for the DIY guy. So much is going on the internet, too.
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 10:53 PM on 08.19.13
->> Keep in mind that GIMP only works on 8-bit files. Canon's DPP is woefully bad. PaintShop Pro is Windows only. We'll keep looking.

I wish DxO would develop something beyond a RAW converter. That would be awesome.
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
New England | | | Posted: 12:09 AM on 08.20.13
->> On the MacBook, Aperture. On the iPad, Filterstorm Pro.
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Neil Turner, Photographer
Bournemouth | UK | United Kingdom | Posted: 4:54 AM on 08.20.13
->> It really depends on what you want Photoshop to do for you. For high-end image manipulation it is still the king, queen and prince but for so much of the rest of it we can easily get away with other apps. For non-professionals there is a huge choice of 'fiddling with photos' applications out there with Photoshop Elements at the top of that tree. For sports and news photographers image manipulation isn't an option anyway. Toning images does require some sort of quality app but shooting RAW makes more sense than individually toning JPEGs these days for most of us.

My key use of Photoshop is RAW conversion and I only really stay with Photoshop out of habit because Lightroom does exactly the same job. Aperture, Capture One Pro and several other applications do a great job too - especially when you add the plug-ins that are available. A lot of pros use Photoshop Elements - although the output choice of DNG only for the RAW converter makes it a real hassle if you want to work quickly or efficiently.
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