Looking for an Inexpensive Photo Editor? Review of Snapseed for Desktop

By Christopher Rainville
Post processing is a very important step in digital photography. However, post processing editors like Photoshop, Lightroom and even Adobe’s less-expensive Photoshop version, Photoshop Elements, can be considered too expensive for a hobbyist photographer. Aside from the cost, their complexity can be overwhelming for a lot of users especially those just starting out. Snapseed from Nik Software offers a simple to use, and inexpensive entry-level post processing program for about 20 bucks and works on Mac and Windows machines.

The power behind this editor is Nik’s patented U Point® technology that allows users to pinpoint specific areas of the photograph to enhance or make adjustments without complicated selections or masking.  Nik Software makes powerful photo editing programs that are designed to simplify even the most complex enhancements and adjustments.  But I would consider the price of these products to be expensive for the average hobbyist.  Snapseed was a product originally developed for the mobile phone market but has recently been released as a desktop version. The software gives you basic post processing controls for enhancements and corrections yet delivers them in an easy-to-use workflow format. Continue reading

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Photoshop CS6, Whats New, Beta Review

There are a lot of new enhancements to Photoshop CS6. The first most notable change is the interface. The new screen looks more like Lightroom 4 then Photoshop with its darker background and light colored tool icons. If you prefer the lighter color of previous versions it can be changed.  There are a lot of changes in this version many of which are enhancements to the way certain items are selected and worked with. Many of these changes although superficial, make working with Photoshop much faster.  There are some items that have been moved to new locations for example users of Mini Bridge will now find it at the bottom of the screen and when opened, a Lightroom style filmstrip will be revealed. A lot of the changes are part of Adobe’s JDI initiative. The acronym JDI stands for “just do it” and stems from the Adobe Photoshop team surveying users and asking them what they would like Photoshop to “just do”. Some of these include, being able to make changes to multiple layers, an easier way to work with layers of text, and enhancements working with brush sizes. There are so many minor tweaks that it would be impractical to go through them all. Besides, most people want to know about the big juicy upgrades so let’s get started. Continue reading