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Essential Adobe Software Updates Today!

I just heard that today Adobe has released updates for Lightroom, CS4 and their Camera RAW plug-in. If you are using any of these amazing editing programs for your photography, go right now and update these at the Adobe Website!

WHAT?!? You're not using Adobe software?
Adobe has been making the premier photo editing software for over 10 years now. Professionals across the industry use Adobe's suite of software for the media and design industry:

  • Photoshop CS4 and Illustrator CS4 for graphic design
  • Dreamweaver, Flash and Acrobat for web design and online media
  • Premier Pro and Aftereffects for video and special effects
  • Lightroom for specialty photography effects and fine tuning as well as editing and archiving.

Yes, most of these are a bit pricey (up to $2499 for most recent Creative Suite 4 Master Collection) but a few of these are definitely worth saving up for, especially Lightroom 2 if you are a wedding photographer. Your clients will thank you! Lightroom 2 is retailing for just under $300 for the full version right now and I would suggest buying this before you buy another single piece of gear. Good photo editing will make or break your business!

Budget conscious photo editing alternatives:
For those of you who can't afford to make the investment right now, you should at least look into Adobe's value versions of their most popular software usually retailing for under $100. The two titles worth looking into are Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 (graphic design and photo editing) and Premier Elements (for video editing). Both provide all of the essential Photoshop or Premier tools without all the complicated steep learning curve and obscure features that some say you need but will never use.

A few non Adobe alternatives that I would recommend are:
  • Gimp - Gimp is one of the most popular and powerful open source (free!) graphics and photo editing software out there for a few years now. Some even argue that it rivals many of Photoshop (full version) features.
  • Paint.net - innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plug ins.
  • Corel Paint Shop Pro X - retouch, Camera RAW support, color changer, noise removal
Most of these are less than $80 or FREE! So there's no excuse anymore. Get one of these programs and learn it. Having good photo editing software and knowing how to use it puts your photography well above "uncle Jim's" who's pictures are not well framed, red eyed and over exposed. You have the power to fix all of these little problems if you have a good photo editor.

Next time: Free online photo editors for working on you photos "in the cloud".

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