A Budget Friendly Favorite Photoshop Alternative
I recently bought a small laptop so I don’t have to lug my 17” beast around. I am afraid I am going to drop it and the backpack needed to carry it should have wheels. Complete social suicide there. There are some vital programs that I download right away. Office 365, and Grammarly, followed by my favorite photo editing software – Photoscape.
I have not been remunerated in any way for this post. All opinions are my own.
Many people swear by Photoshop. It a great piece of software and despite it being on the expensive side it is a good investment IF you are going to use all its abilities and features. If you are only using it to edit photos or are on a budget, like many bloggers are then Photoscape is a terrific alternative. It takes up much less room on your drive and is very powerful. I have used it for years. Since 2008 I believe.
The most recent version is paid, but the older versions are freeware. 3.7 is running on my Windows 10 with no problems.
I have been doing photography since I was eleven years old. I took a course in summer school and learned how to take pictures – with film, develop the film and print the photos from the negatives.
Learning how to compose a photo wasn’t all that hard. Learning to do it quickly and automatically as I look through the lens took much longer.
I learned that the picture you take should be as close as possible to what you want without editing.
With the advent of digital photography whole new vistas of image manipulation opened up. Powerful software like Photoshop were developed. Photoshop is incredibly powerful and goes far beyond editing photos, but it is often way more program than I need. Here is my favorite Photoshop altrenative.
Many years ago I discovered Photoscape. It is very powerful photo editing software and is very intuitive. (One of my problems with Photoshop is the learning curve is very steep and can be overwhelming) It’s also freeware so you can see if it works for you with no cost.
What is Freeware?
Freeware is software that is available for use at no monetary cost. In other words, while freeware may be used without payment it is most often proprietary software, as usually modification, re-distribution or reverse-engineering without the author’s permission is prohibited.
“Freeware.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 23 Apr. 2017. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.
As I said earlier, I try to take photographs that require very little manipulation. Cropping can make an average composition great and a little adjustment to the brightness and contrast can sometimes help out a good photo. I find that the images on my blog can display slightly differently than in the editing software so I can adjust to optimize the blog images. Photoscape has added a big package of Film Effects that are a lot of fun to play with. My rule is only one effect per blog post.
If you prefer to shoot RAW, Photoscape has a RAW converter. I do not shoot in RAW for any images that will be displayed on the internet. My son, a graphic designer, assures me that it is unnecessary to use RAW unless you are planning on massively manipulating the image or said image will end up on a billboard. That works for me.
I was told off recently by the graphic designing son for not watermarking my photos. Photoscape has a great function for this.
Go to object and select “T” . There is no shortage of fonts and any True Type fonts you have added to your system are available for Photoscape.
Type your text and adjust the color, size, and opacity. Then select the “Photo+Objects. This combines the photo and object text so the object cannot be removed.
There are lots of tutorials for Photoscape. I was going to give you a list but it would be too long. Search “Photoscape Tutorials” and you will find many Youtube videos to get you started and to show you the depth of the program.
I can’t say enough good things about this program. It has NEVER let me down.
If you love Photoscape do make a donation so they can keep the freeware coming. http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/donate.php