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« on: January 04, 2010, 11:41 PM »

Took a whole load of photos of my new DS UL at the weekend only to find that there must have been a couple of dirty marks on the lens resulting in a couple of dirty splodges in the resultant images.

I normally use Picasa for minor tweaking off my photos, but it's retouching tool isn't that great and while it makes things look better, the retouched area doesn't match the rest of the background, so it is quite evident that the photo has been retouched.

Does anybody know of any imaging software that will do a decent job of retouching background areas without having to fork out for something like Photoshop Elements?
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2010, 11:44 PM »

www.getpaint.net
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2010, 05:42 AM »

Take a look a GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program).  Over the years, it has matured quite nicely, but still manages to float below the radar a lot.   Huh

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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2010, 01:22 PM »

I've had getpaint bookmarked, haven't tried it yet. I have quickly checked out GIMP and on recommendations it is definitely worth a look, you can even get a plug-in to make it very much like Adobe Photoshop.

Myself, I have used Paint Shop Pro for 18 years, 1/10th the price of Adobe Photoshop but so close it can use Adobe Photoshop plug-in's and filters. Always a 30 day free trial download available. Buy it any day for $60 but I honestly haven't used the newer versions since Jasc was bought out by Corel except for shortly when KiteKing posted a link for PSP Photo X (10) as a free version that ended up being nagware to buy the upgrade to XI (11). I still use Jasc PSP Version 7.04 and it continues to serve my needs 99% of the time even though I've had Adobe Photoshop all along. But since 7 won't run under Win7 I guess I'll be upgrading soon or downgrading my new "Mini" with the unopened XP Pro I've been sitting on for 3-4 years  Wink

They also now have great online tutorials and user groups that will answer any question you have. It's simple to use & understand but with 90% of the power of Adobe Photoshop if you should advance that far and it will work with ANY file type. That was the original attraction for me and after that first 30 day trial I was hooked and being unable to hack it I ended up buying it and every upgrade from 2 through 7 when it bloated & my older computer couldn't run it easily & since I like to do it myself I didn't need those "One click fixes" they added.

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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2010, 02:51 PM »

Adobe Elements is 95% of Photoshop for well under $100.

You can get previous versions for under $30 on the internet.

I use it. My old, old Photoshop wouldn't work when I upgraded my OS and it was cheaper to buy the current version of Elements than pay the upgrade price for Photoshop.

I don't know how it compares to the other programs people have listed, but I do know everyone always compares their programs to Adobe Photoshop or Elements.

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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2010, 03:20 PM »

Thanks for your recommendations, guys.

I downloaded getpaint and GIMP and of the two getpaint's clone stamp is doing the job for me on most of the pics (after a bit of practice).

No idea how it compare with Photoshop Elements, but it's the best part of 60 cheaper. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2010, 06:12 AM »

http://lifehacker.com/5467593/pinta-brings-paintnets-just+enough-image-editing-to-every-computer
paint.net is now for any OS....
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2010, 03:33 PM »

I just saw that Power Of Software has made their Photo Pro software available free also, I have not tried it but it appears to be a full featured editor, even supporting layers & masks. They have a bunch of other free stuff too, lite versions of Pro, stand alone red eye removal, text effects, and a panorama stitching program.

Good reviews - might be worth a look

http://www.image-editor.net/Photo-Pos-Pro-Image-Editor.asp



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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2010, 06:39 PM »

downloaded the paint pinta whatever i could not figure out how to get to any editing stuff way beyond my dinosaur type knowledge but thanx anyway
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2010, 10:13 PM »

+1 for GIMP

I run that on my netbook, doesn't handle RAW files but if you're shooting JPEG's then all should be well.

BTW, chances are that the 'sploges' are on the sensor, could be worth getting it cleaned professionally if they are causing you frustration. I wouldn't recommend doing it yourself without some good knowledge and also some reasonable sized cahoonas  Wink

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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2010, 08:18 PM »

Gizmo's freeware,just google it, you can find all kinds of software there, including digital image software and they give a little rundown of the software
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