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Old 10-16-2005, 06:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am wondering what are the most current Photo Editing Software that you guys are useing? I am useing (in the order of most used) MultiMedia Explorer,PhotoSuite III,PaintShop Pro 9,I am haveing a bit of a problem haveing the uploaded version of a photo look alot like the original.I tried useing the Search Topic,didnt work for me.so maybe this will get me more useful info.
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Old 10-16-2005, 06:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It is impossible to get a photo to look the same on line as a print.

The resolution of a monitor is no where near that of a printer. It also depends on how much you compress the up loaded files to speed up the upload process.

Maybe you have noticed that when editing a picture that it will look better after being printed than what is on your monitor during the editing process.
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Old 10-16-2005, 06:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanx.......
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Old 10-16-2005, 07:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Also, part of the problem with color management on PSP9 is that it's VERY basic. If you don't mind working around a few bugs and shortcomings (particularly with 16-bit color images), get the PSP-X upgrade. For $50, it's worth it. I wouldn't buy the full package for $100 until Corel releases a few more updates though.


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Old 10-16-2005, 08:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Actually I was considering getting the upgrade,maybe I will....
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Old 10-16-2005, 08:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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You will find that Photoshop is the most popular editing software used here (versions 7 upwards), there maybe a few Photoshop Elements users too (I think the current version is 3). It is an industry standard, especially for photograpers, graphic designers, retouching artists and illustrators. It's extremely powerful and versatile with a built-in "Save for Web" function that makes it pretty easy to optimize images destined for internet use. You might want to look at getting a second-hand version (7 upwards), just be careful though, because a lot of people who bought over the internet have been duped into buying pirate versions. Your best bet is to check locally so that you can make sure it's a legal version.

If it's just the image optimization that's your only worry you could also look at Macromedia Fireworks.

Also note that whatever program that you do use there will always be some trade-off in terms of image quality versus file size.

Hope this helps.
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in fact if there is a failing in the system, a fly in the works so to speak, it is just the opposite. If you have a good monitor, good system, great bit depth or accelerated video interface, and high resolution on screen reproduction - AND YOUR SYSTEM IS CALIBRATED CORRECTLY - you should be able to see a tremendous quality on your display. In fact you should be seeing the same image in print as you see on the screen - I do - therefore it is not "impossible."

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software used by color houses worldwide is Photoshop (as mentioned by cozenostra), there is no need to have a half dozen applications working when one does it all. I am going to jump off a bridge and assume your biggest problem is your applied color space that you are uploading images: It has to be sRGB. Browsers see this space consistently, they are web ready/safe and the color spectrum is limited. If you upload any other color space you are destroying your original capture quality. How you get to sRGB is the key and I teach in all my workshops to not use "Save for Web" nor do I suggest automatic application methods. Saving an image to web quality is as important as saving a file to an accurate printer profile.

Save yourself some time and hassle and get Photoshop... when you do, ask me and I will tell you how to get your images online at your optimal quality.

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Like everybody else has mentioned, Photoshop is the defacto standard. For the money though, Paint Shop Pro is hard to beat. The only Adobe product that comes close in it's price range is Photoshop Elements. I've been using PSP since version 5, and for me it does everything I need. PSP-X is good, but it's got a few quirks. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Think of Paint Shop Pro X as a cross between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. It can't do EVERYTHING that Phtoshop does, but it has a few more features than Elements.

Alternatively, if you have a Wacom tablet (I've got an older Graphire tablet, but any model qualifies), and it came bundled with a copy of Photoshop Elements, you qualify for a $300 discount off of the full retail version of Photoshop CS2. Click on the link below and fill out a 21 question survey, and you'll be redirected to Adobe's site, and the discount will automatically be applied. You'll have to enter in your PSE serial number (AT ADOBE'S SITE).

http://www.wacom.com/survey/penowner...s&ad=PenOwners


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OK, I'll ask, Robert Sanders... how do I get images online at optimal quality without using Photoshop's Save for Web?
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