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Ok, I am in a financial crunch as I am sure a lot of people are but I need to get a editing program that is going to work for me and my business. Any ideas for programs of cheap or even free price range.

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Gimp. Much of the power of photoshop... none of the cost.

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I have tried to download Gimp but my computer keeps detecting a corrupt file but I may look into that again because I had forgotten about that one. Thanks for the info.
Lightroom & CS4 downloads can be found on YouTube Tracie. Enjoy
I think my issue is that I don't know how to work the programs with out someone showing me,,,I did get the Gimp program downloaded and it looks promising but I am going to have some help that is for sure...hee hee guess I should have been a true blond..I will check out the Light room and CS4 tomorrow and hope I can make heads and tails of them. THx Scott
type in "gimp tutorials" into your search engine and learn and play.

That is the advantage of using a program like CS4/CS5... you can go to classes and learn it.
hey tracie,
there are tons of tutorials on youtube for both photoshop and lightroom, I use lightroom more as it is very easy to use and the controls for basic light and contrast etc are really easy to adjust and you can see the results, the only tricky part is learning to import and export but once you get around this you will love it.

enjoy
Yes mam I have Picasa and love it for the small tweaking that I do but really it has been all I have needed till now. I don't like to do to much to my photos but want to have the ability if needed. I am working on the gimp program and have looked into the tutorials as Papa Rotzzi suggested and they have been helpful but I think it is just going to take time to get my feel for it. Thanks everyone for your help.
Corel Paintshop Pro is an AWESOME program!
Well I use a PC and am a EMT full time but a photographer when I am not working a rigg. I do mostly portrait photography. I do a wedding at least once a month and children photography is what I really love. Thank you for your input.
I like photoshop elements as well. It has most of the important features of its bigger brother, and many of those missing features can be found as free photoshop plugins. (I have elements 5 with curves, layer masks and all sorts of extra stuff). Gimp is good, but I think it is more confusing and slightly less stable, it crashed a lot on me (I think there are free plugins for both programs many places), If you decide to go with elements I can give you links to all sorts of great plugins if you feel you need more than what elements offers
If I were stepping up to start with some powerful editing software but, budget is a current issue I would have to recommend Photoshop Elements. For the money you get a great, powerful program that has some professional qualities to it. Along with the ability to create sideshows, and a host of other consumer/hobbyist features. Another plus to using PSE is that a lot of the task, tools and so on carry over to PS Creative Suite should you ever upgrade to a straight professional program. You will be happy with this program once you learn to use it. For the price you cannot beat it in my opinion.

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