Roots

So I recently asked for some recommendations for Photo editing software and I’ve been playing about with two of them.  I had a image of some tree roots that I took last summer in the forest.  The ground has collapsed and you can see the roots which would nornally have been covered.

To begin with, I tried RawTherrapee which is available here. This is what I came up using it:

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The software is free to use but it feels like it’s designed to handle large batches of photos and repeatation of processes.  I had trouble finding things in the UI and I’m just not comfortable with it.  As I understand it, you set up the actions that you want to be performed and then save the image but I couldn’t find where to preview the image before saving it.

So, I moved on to another piece of software that had been recommended which is Corel PaintShop Pro 2019.  I haven’t used Corel for years and years.  I used the same image.  This is what I got out of it:

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I managed to greyscale the digital image and do some colouring.  I also managed to resize and crop.  It’s a lot more like Photoshop, which suited me.  The result is more what I had in mind.

PaintShop Pro is not free.  There’s a one off payment of £60 which is about half the price of a PhotoShop annual subscription.  However, there is a 30 day free trial which you can get here.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to buy the software yet but I’m going to be using it for the next 30 days to find out.

A Few Changes Around Here:

I was getting a bit fed up with the paid theme so I went back to the free one.  Despite the extra options, and a lot of playing with the CSS, I could never seem to get it looking the way I wanted.  So I went back to the simple themes.  I will lose the personalised web address but I don’t think it made much difference to the blog.

I am also getting a bit sick of using a fifteen year old version of Photoshop so I have downloaded GIMP and I now need to spend some time on it.  It’s quite a difference and I don’t know where everything is at the moment, but I will persevere.

The big, big change is that I actually went out and bought a DSLR – or to put it another way, a camera that doesn’t take film.  This could change my methods and the resulting photos a lot but in the meantime, I think I still have about five hundred black and white exposures to work through.

I tried a new logo; can’t make up my mind:

 

Free Photoshop 2

The Tightfisted Photographer has a blog worth checking out and also has provided a link to a free download of Photoshop CS2 here.

Gimping

My normal workflow is to take the picture using black and white 35mm, develop it and then scan it.  I edit it using Photoshop which normally involves not much more than brightness and contrast adjustment and then some cropping and reducing the file size for use on the blog.  It’s been called ‘semi-digital photography’ and it represents the best of both worlds.

However, my copy of Photoshop is getting old and I’m too tight to fork out for a new one, so I took this photo as usual but decided to test out free photo manipulation software called Gimp.   It’s designed to be a non-pro tool aimed at the open source market and the consensus is that Gimp does most things well but not the high end of image manipulation.

This photo of a closed and boarded up Tobacconist and Confectioners (or to put it another way, a corner shop) needed more work than usual.  There was a lot of ‘street furniture’ which ruined the compostiton.  It was easy to crop a little and remove the a car bumper which had sneaked into the frame, but the street sign was more difficult.  It was blocking the view of the left side of the shop (just under the Confectioners part of the sign) and it just looked too modern compared to the shop.

I used the clone tool to copy parts of the wooden board to go over the top and also redrew some of the bottom part of the window frame.  I had a few goes before it looked right and went right back to the start more than once.

Overall, Gimp was a good piece of software but no better than using Photoshop.  I’m too stuck with the latter’s keyboard shortcuts and icons, but if I didn’t already have Photoshop then Gimp would be an essential download.