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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:16 pm 
I'm new to photography and have just bought a Nikon D80 which is a fantastic camera. I'm having a great time figuring out all of its functions and am hugely impressed by the images it produces.

Now I'm looking to get some processing software and figured this is the best place to come for advice.

I was just wondering if Photoshop CS2 has everything a beginner needs or should I go for the considerably more expensive CS3?

I've also read Corel Paintshop Pro X2 is pretty good, any thoughts on this?

Looking forward to your replies

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:36 pm 
Yo will be fine with CS2.. It has everything a beginner needs and more. You probably wouldn't even notice a difference between the two until you started to get much more into it.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:34 am 
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I would go with Photoshop because of the huge following and the number of tutorials and books written for it.

Photoshop CS2 will have everything a beginner will need, it will actually have more things than you will ever use unless you really start digging around.

There are also a lot of plugins (free and at a cost) and actions available for Photoshop, I believe Corel Paintshop Pro X2 can also use some of the Photoshop plugins.

Also, I think I read somewhere that Corel Paintshop Pro X2 has very limited Raw support.

Good Luck!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:36 am 
photoshop! photoshop! photoshop!

i know too many people who have problems with Corel Paintshop Pro X2..

plus photoshop is basicly what most of the pro's use anyway..


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:25 am 
Thanks for the help guys.

I'll take the advice and go with Photoshop :D


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:08 am 
Photoshop has a really large user base so help and support or just general discussion would be easier. Photoshop has a really wide variety of plugins as well.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:21 am 
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Out of interest, what sort of processing are you looking to carry out? I've been very happy with Lightroom for processing my D80 RAW images. It's a different type of product than Photoshop though, more of a photo developing package rather than a photo editing one.

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Photoshop CS2/3 has everything that a pro needs. It will be more than sufficient for getting started in photography. Have you thought about something like Photoshop Elements 6 or Lightroom? Both of those programs also offer plenty of tools for editing at a much lower price. Lightroom is half the price of CS3 and I find the work flow much better in Lightroom. I think all of these programs have a 30 day trial available. That's probably the best way to get a feel for each one.

Like some of the others have said if it's a choice between Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop go with Photoshop for the HUGE amount of resources and plugins offered all over the internet.

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