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:


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:


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.


If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?


River Bank

Aysgarth Falls