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Moving on from PSP Pro X3

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  • Moving on from PSP Pro X3

    Hi,
    Could someone recommend an image editing program/package which has a similar logic/flow to PaintShopPhoto Pro X? Must admit Im a novice and use it to edit JPEGs, and Ive got used to the way it works, however its not stable and crashes frequently.

    Im thinking of moving to RAW (on the 'serious' stuff) and using OV3, so are there any PSP X users who have upgraded to something else for editing which has a very similar workflow?

    Cheers,
    Simon.

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    Re: Moving on from PSP Pro X3

    I would suggest photoshop elements + the elementsxxl plugin

    That gives a lot of power and does not tie you in to the monthly creative cloud costs

    Elements gives you the Raw converter and the Elements XXL plugin gives a whole load of features that are in the full photoshop version

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      Re: Moving on from PSP Pro X3

      Check out Affinity Photo. Most of Photoshop plus some extras at a very good price - including RAW conversion.
      Regards
      Richard

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        Re: Moving on from PSP Pro X3

        I'm about three weeks into Affinity Photo having switched from Windows and my old version of Photoshop CS 6. It is OK-ish as a Photoshop alternative but it still has rough edges. I tried unsuccessfully, the basic task of resizing an ORF file and save it as a jpeg and had to resort to the forum for advice. The solution was given swiftly but the problem arose out of a bug in the system.

        I've previously installed The NiK suite which worked fine. Today, that fell over. I reset the plugin options and only two of Nik's options were available. So, I started from scratch after deleting the previous installation. Now, all the options are visible but greyed out - grrrh. Very frustrating.

        It looks like it has the potential as a PS alternative. HOWEVER, the financial savings have to be balanced with the time it takes to resolve issues that simply do not arise in PS. Understandable, given Adobe's resources and longevity, now I'm wondering if Elements might have been a better choice. I will probably persevere but I'm resenting the time wasted.

        David
        The beauty of not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise and is not preceded by periods of anxiety

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        • #5
          Re: Moving on from PSP Pro X3

          Thanks all for your advice. Im not keen on a subscription deal so these alternatives are worth looking at. Im particularly interested in how people are getting on with Affinity Pro and how well it works on PC and Mac as Im currently on PC but am hoping to transfer photo work to a Mac.

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          • #6
            Re: Moving on from PSP Pro X3

            Hi Simon. If you look at the Affinity tutorials, you may get a feel if this is the software for you. https://affinity.serif.com/forum/ind...deo-tutorials/

            I like them as the topics are bit-sized chunks with a calm UK accent and none of that head banging background twang from over the seas.

            David
            The beauty of not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise and is not preceded by periods of anxiety

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            • #7
              Re: Moving on from PSP Pro X3

              I used to use an earlier version of Paintshop Pro. I moved to GIMP - free photoshop alternative. https://www.gimp.org/
              It doesn't do RAW but you can do a first round of editing in OV3 then export to uncompressed TIFF then edit further in GIMP. There may be open source ways to plug in ORF support.

              I've also heard good things about Lightzone as a free alternative to Lightroom but haven't used it myself.
              http://lightzoneproject.org/
              https://www.flickr.com/photos/amcuk/

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