hypnotic month [deleted] 4:04pm, 13 April 2009
So, I think I want to try my hand at photoshop, which is something I know precisely nothing about.

The sum of my photoshop knowledge is that there are different versions that range in price from expensive to very expensive. I've gone to the official photoshop website to try to figure out which version would work best for me...it recommended some crazy expensive thing in combination with a slightly less expensive thing and I didn't understand most of what they could do. :\

All I want to be able to do is make landscapes look pretty, make some photos black and white, maybe make a photo look lomo-ish, try a texture or two, and remove blemishes from portraits. Any recommendations?

GetLex 9 years ago
UMD sells CS3 photoshop set for like 300$ if a student...... just fyi
Lightroom 2 may be all you need and then some. I would be happy to show you the differences between Lightroom 2 and Photoshop if you are interested. I have both on my laptop.
Even the Photoshop Elements Software will do what you ask, available locally for less than $100! The rule of thumb for PS, is that you play with it until your sick of it, and then then play some more. Things will come slowly, but I'm sure someone down there can help you, hands on.
AG3NCY 9 years ago
nik silver efex for black and whites....its nice :)
maxcaven 9 years ago
Good man, good advice. I just wished it worked under 64 bit OS's

for sure though, the best way to learn post-producrtion, is the same way you learn(ing) photography. Practice, mess around, read, and have people who know, help.
JustinSinks 9 years ago
Since you know nothing at all of photoshop, the gimp will do all that too, and its FREE! Since I started out on photoshop elements 4 or 5 years ago, it was hard for me to get used to The Gimp because its set up a little different. But, for you, you wouldnt know the difference, so I suggest at least downloading it and taking it for a test drive. There are a lot of Gimp help sites that have step by step instructions to do this and that.
check it out here:
JustinSinks 9 years ago
@ j t l and max:
Yes nik silver efex is super awesome! Though it should be pointed out that its an add on for photoshop and lightroom 2. So, you pay for one of those and then pay 200 dollars more for nik silver efex.
In case anyone wants to check it out:

I downloaded the 15 day free trial, it is pretty awesome. Much better than CS3s black and white filter. If I had the 200 bucks extra Id buy it.
enchanted afternoon [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by enchanted afternoon (member) 9 years ago
You can use Flickr's editing software for free and it only takes a minute to do simple adjustments like crop, exposure, saturation, etc right online. It's called "Picknik." When you click your picture...you'll see the "edit" button. Click "edit" and you're there.

Other than that....photoshop Elements has worked perfectly for me.
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
If you shoot as good as me.....well, then....you won't need any photoshop crap. Lol!
Noreeyay 9 years ago
LSC sells CS3 for $199 and they don't check student ID's . They also have Adobe Flash & Dreamweaver CS3 versions same price.

I have Lightroom & PS CS3 extended. Both rock for thier own reasons. If you're just starting out with PS there can be a large learning curve as there is so much packed into. I think PS is an endless learning process. I use LR quite a bit. I love the organization and making presets. I like presets much better than actions as in how they work and adjusting them. I like the side by side in LR and that is all non destructive. I do almost all pp in there and then just export out to PS if I want to do more in depth pp that LR doesn't have the capabilities for. I think LR is a great program to either start out with or as a primary editor if you're needs do not require something as heavy as PS, which most don't. LR2 has quite a bit to offer, I'd suggest downloading the trial of both.
Karl W. 9 years ago
I bought adobe pack CS3 or something for $300 with my mac. Which has photoshop and dreamweaver, etc. Gimp will do everything you want it to do and then some. Photoshop is regarded as more professional.

So probably just shop around, photoshop cs3 will do everything you need it to do without the price premium. "since it's not the newest" but would serve you just fine.
hypnotic month [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by hypnotic month (member) 9 years ago
Thanks, everyone, for all of your suggestions!

Shawn: Thanks! I'll take you up on that offer. I'll send you and email.

Jason (jtl): That silver efex looks awesome. Want.

Sharksurfer: I have gimp and have used it to do a few very basic edits and have had varying degrees of success. I find it to be not very intuitive, which is what I need.

Thanks again! :D
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