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Old Jan 29, 2010, 1:37 PM   #1
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I am just getting started in this new big world and need some help. I do have an old Microsoft editing/library tool, but it is about 8 years old now. I am just about to buy a Canon T1i and would like the option of using the RAW capability as well as more up to date editing tools. I would like to keep the cost down, what are my options if I say under $200 and what to I gain over a a 99 dollar corel set up? Ok I have my Kevlar on, Go!
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Old Jan 29, 2010, 1:43 PM   #2
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the first thing i would do is take advantage of the free trials. to see what software you like best.

Adobe is running an open beta for Lightroom 3, free through April.

that would be a great way to try out lightroom and see if it fits your needs. it combines a nice image management system with nearly all of the tools anyone would need for editing pictures. curves, cloning, crop, tons of presets, mono conversions etc.

photoshop elements is always a great choice as it will do nearly everything most photographers would want to do the same as CS4 and is relatively cheap.

it looks like Corel has just did a pretty substantial update to Paint Shop Photo Pro X3, which may be another option, though I only have used Adobe products personally.
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I am still using Ulead Photoimpact for editing, and either Rawshooter or Raw Therapee for raw conversion. I have had some experience with Paint Shop Pro, MS Picture It, Irfanview, Photoshop Elements, and a couple others. As Corel bought out Ulead, I will probably give a really hard look at PSP when it becomes time to update.
I find the controls more intuitive, and the names of them make more sense to me than what Adobe has come up with. OTOH, for someone just starting out, there are a lot more resources available for Photoshop users than anything else.
For my needs, even what I have has more capabilities than I'll ever use, so I haven't even considered taking on Photoshop.

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