At some point I really need to invest in the best editing program.
Here is a list of my needs:
--Batch Editing (by that I mean-making several images Black and White, or resizing several at once, and the main batch editing would be changing the white balance to several at once.
--Face recognition---I do a lot of events where I have to burn a CD for several people and I find it hard to tell the people apart from one another. I am not even sure if there is a program that would do this.
--organizing and storing images and folders
--I do a lot of portrait sessions and anything that can make the skin softer and teeth whiter and remove fly away hairs is great for me.
--I'd like some templates for weddings or books (right now I create my own templates)
--I would like several choices of different FONT to add to some of my designs
--I would like the program to be user friendly
--I would like the best program for the money spent
Your feedback is appreciated. So far, I got one vote for CS5.
Please when you reply, state WHY you think your program choice is best.
Thanks so much in advance!
Cheers, Tracy DePaola
HI Dennis, I was told that CS5 Extended was more around the $300-$900 range and I see you bought it for $79 I will have to check out the site for that price--WOW
Speaking to your question, I have to admit, "Neither," since I don't use either. I've been using the same PaintShopPro8 since it came out long ago. PSP does all you ask but facial recognition- and why is that a requirement?
And your question begs another question: Which system are you using now?
Even Elements Two has batch editing, different fonts, is definitely 'user friendly' and does all you're asking but for face recognition. Best of all, it's cheap. Also, for batch editing of your RAW files, try Canon's DPP, respected as a powerful editing system and it's included with a Canon camera purchase. Also, for organizing and storage, Canon's system is good as any, IMO. Of course, all this indicates that I'm not one to spend a lot of hard earned bucks on a program that's barely better than what I'm used to or need doing to improve my shots (which usually includes just saturating/desaturating, cropping and sharpening).
Carrieanne--thanks so much. I just checked out the fontsauirrel LOVE it thanks!
for you're needs listed above i think that lightroom would be better for you because lightroom is mainly for touch ups and minor quality editing and photoshop cs5 is for special effects and so on
i have used both and they are user friendly and easy to use i suggest trying the trial before you buy one though.
hi there tracy for me cs 5 is the best and as easy as photo shop goes for a beginner. the price is steep
would buy this.
for light room cheap easy fast. this fits the budget easily. not so creative.
buy cs 5 for creativity.
theres a member Sergey Sokolov who is the grand master of photoshop .
if you get stuck with photoshop. of f/b he has a lot of videos and photos of fantasy which sounds like your looking for. he's a member on this site as well. and this with photoshop.
you mentioned making skin softer. if you use windows look at portrait professional easy fast portraits only cheap.
have a great day
when it comes to discussions this is one of the best i seen for a pro to ask such a great question the depth of advise for your answers received is up top class
great question tracy
CS 5 & buy third partyPlug in's
Tracy i have been using CS 5 since i was introduced to editing. so l like it and don't think it is difficult now. have no idea of element
Hi guys ...
I like both and use both in conjunction with one another. I use LR for fast or easy processing and PS for fine tweaks and textures / overlays. However, I believe that one may be limited to personal creativity with LR. I fine that both work well together as a whole. Just my opinion ...
Tracy have you tried the $79.99 CS5 Extended?
Tracey, the new Photoshop CC is great for most of what you want to achieve and the cost is very reasonable too, as its based on a monthly subscription. The beauty of this program is, you can use it with plug-ins from third party products.