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Old Feb 3, 2010, 7:44 PM   #1
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Hi everyone.
I am looking for a photo editing software for about $100 or less.
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Here is what i need/want:

-A way to convert my jpeg files to a file so i can make a psuedo HDR from one picture. (I already have photomatix)

-filtered B&W (To isolate one color in the photo, with everything else in black and white.)

-the ability to remove backgrounds from images.

-the ability to remove ghosting images from a background.

-cropping/straighten/contrast/temperature/saturation/sharpen/etc. (picassa 3 does the trick with these for the most part.)
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Is there a photoshop (or other software) that is in my price range and includes at least a portion of what i need?

I listed my needs/wants in order of importance.

-Thanks!
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Old Feb 3, 2010, 7:47 PM   #2
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Photoshop Elements can do everything except the pseudo-hdr (at least i don't think it can do that) for under 100$, Paint Shop Photo Pro X3 could do that as well (not sure its pseudo-hdr capabilities either)

for a good pseudo-hdr you will most likely need a standalone HDR program, which will cost you more. Photomatix and Dynamic Photo HDR are popular choices.

though JimC has linked a freeware HDR program a few times, but I have no experience with it or its pseudo-hdr qualities.
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Gimp is free and it does all you require. It even has a "Fake HDR" plug-in.
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Old Feb 3, 2010, 7:53 PM   #4
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wow.. 3 minutes for a reply. that is incredible.

Let me clarify a bit. I have the HDR program already (photomatix), but now what i need is a program to convert a jpeg file into a file that photomatix can use to create a psuedo hdr.

(I think someone on another thread mentioned that i need the jpeg to be turned into "a 32-bit".. but im not sure how that is done.
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Old Feb 3, 2010, 8:04 PM   #5
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and really, if there is a cheapo software of any kind that can help me convert a jpeg into a file format that photomatix can use to create a psuedo, thats really all i want.
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I use Photoimpact, which has its own hdr routines, and can create hdr from multiple exposures, or from a single shot. Even has the ability to store a custom profile for your camera - you shoot a series of exposures of, say 5 stops range and combine them in the hdr routine, then save the profile. This profile can be used with any single shot from your camera to create hdr results. Photoimpact is also a full featured editor, IMO more powerful than PS Elements. The current version is 13, though I am still using v10. (the upgrades since, haven't been that significant to me)

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