Good photo editing program other than Adobe

By videobruce
Jun 27, 2003
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  1. I'm looking for a decent mid level photo editiong program other that Photoshop or anything that complicated. I don't want one of those kindergarden looking programs either (something that looks like XP's interface). I do have Thumbs Plus and IrFan View. They are good, but limited. I'm not doing advanced photo editing, just cleaning up, cropping, color balancing photos and slides. The most advanced would be removing/adding a person or object from a scene and replaceing that with the background (maybe). No web design or anything as that.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Microsoft Digital Image Pro v9.0 is just out and can remove background objects in a few clicks. Its an excellent program for touch-up editing, but isn't an advanced editing program like photoshop. Very easy to use and powerful enough for most users.

    The microsoft website isn't yet showing version 9 (a much enhanced version) of the software, but it is available if you do a web search. I've tried both versions and I rather like version 9 as it does everything I need.
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    Actually, the Gimp (which is open source and GNU - i.e free) is not bad as well, and you get it for windows and linux.
  4. JackieChanIsGOD

    JackieChanIsGOD Newcomer, in training Posts: 83

    Uh... Jasc Paint Shop Pro?
    That smudge tool is god... like the eraser in Photoshop...
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    And of course, how can one forget CorelDraw
  6. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    ULead PhotoImpact 8 is also very good, but has too many features for some users that prefer simpler programs.
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    That's probably the best for a lot of people. Its not that expensive (unlike Adobe Photoshop) and its not really all that bad at all.
  8. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,510   +308

    A lot of graphics used in TechSpot were edited using Paint Shop Pro, I've been using it for years now.
  9. XtR-X

    XtR-X Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,040

    If you've used a certain program (ex. Photoshop) for quite some time, it's really hard to switch to another program because one becomes accustomed to that program.

    But, from what I've heard, Paint Shop Pro is "better" than Photoshop. I have no stance on that statement.
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