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David Mathis
Photoshop alternative?
on Jul 16, 2019 at 2:17:23 am

Came across this today:

https://fxhome.com/imerge-pro

Appears to be a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop. Thoughts?


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Oliver Peters
Re: Photoshop alternative?
on Jul 16, 2019 at 12:22:56 pm

Seems to be an offshoot of HitFilm.

However, if you want the best Photoshop (and other Adobe) alternatives, look at Serif or Pixelmator. The Serif Affinity products now are the equivalent of Photoshop, Illustrator, and inDesign. To cover the Lightroom base, probably ON1 Photo RAW is the way to go.

- Oliver

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Warren Eig
Re: Photoshop alternative?
on Jul 16, 2019 at 3:53:42 pm

Affinity Photo is the way to go. Second ON1 RAW for DAM.

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Bill Davis
Re: Photoshop alternative?
on Jul 16, 2019 at 5:10:20 pm
Last Edited By Bill Davis on Jul 16, 2019 at 5:17:22 pm

And if you want more than just a new version of the old tools - Luminar is doing a LOT of work in incorporating AI into their photo processing suite.

I've been extremely surprised that a tool this "automated" is yielding quick eye-popping results for me that my clients seem to really love.

It's a tiny bit like a nodal system ala Resolves color correction - with the user able to stack filter presets onto images and then dial them globally up or back to taste - OR dive into the presets stacks to increase or decrease individual aspects of them. But overall the result is fast and often PLENTY to turn a meh photo into something very visually pleasing with a fraction of the time and effort something like Photoshop or even Lightroom would take.

For true Photoshop or lightroom masters who just want a similar set of concepts, it's likely NOT going to be your cup of tea. But like the FCP X transition from Legacy - it's attempting to re-think photo processing by looking at what most often needs to be done - rather than re-creating the workflow people have traditionally used to do those things.

FWIW.

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Michael Gissing
Re: Photoshop alternative?
on Jul 17, 2019 at 12:32:51 am

[Bill Davis] "It's a tiny bit like a nodal system ala Resolves color correction - with the user able to stack filter presets onto images"

It looks like an interesting program and probably perfect for a lot of applications. However it is a typical layer system not nodal, so it is like Ps & Affinity.

Personally I am doing some photo manipulation right inside Resolve. I was surprised to discover it read Nikon still raw files straight off camera recently. Otherwise I use Affinity which can open Ps files and re-save them in that format. I haven't tested other RAW stills formats like Canon or Sony yet but if they can read like Nikon, then I'll do the work directly in Resolve as I'm really only manipulating images in video timelines.


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Oliver Peters
Re: Photoshop alternative?
on Jul 17, 2019 at 4:20:38 pm

[Michael Gissing] "It looks like an interesting program and probably perfect for a lot of applications. However it is a typical layer system not nodal, so it is like Ps & Affinity. "

Although this conversation seems largely focused on photo image manipulation, one advantage to the Affinity apps is that they cover the other bases for print/graphic design, illustration, and desktop publishing. That's if you get Photo, Designer, and now Publisher. The latter actually integrates the first 2 as modes, which you can quickly toggle through (you must purchase the other apps for this functionality). This ends up working a bit like the modes/pages in Resolve. In any case, it's a far site better than Adobe's "edit in" method.

- Oliver

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Oliver Peters
Re: Photoshop alternative?
on Jul 17, 2019 at 4:23:29 pm

[Bill Davis] "Luminar is doing a LOT of work in incorporating AI into their photo processing suite."

Just as an FYI - Pixelmator Pro also uses a number of machine learning functions.

- Oliver

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Mark Suszko
Re: Photoshop alternative?
on Jul 24, 2019 at 8:34:40 pm

I bought Affinity but it may be that my "reflexes" from using GIMP and Photoshop are making it harder for me to grasp Affinity's User Interface. I guess its just something I have to spend more practice time on.

BTW no matter what i seem to try, my iMac fights me tooth and nail when i try opening GIMP. Nothing I try in setting the permissions and security seems to "stick". Half the time, the OS just refuses to let me open it.


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Oliver Peters
Re: Photoshop alternative?
on Jul 24, 2019 at 8:37:16 pm

[Mark Suszko] "I bought Affinity but it may be that my "reflexes" from using GIMP and Photoshop are making it harder for me to grasp Affinity's User Interface"

Might I suggest reviewing their very good tutorials?

https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/tutorials/photo/desktop/

- Oliver

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