Category: Photoshop

Let’s be clear, I don’t have anything against Photoshop! I’ve used it for years, I’ve written more Photoshop tutorials than I care to remember, and I still regard it as the best there is at what it does.

It’s more what it doesn’t do that’s the problem. It’s terrific at complex, detailed, technical adjustments, and sophisticated, multi-layer composites, but while it provides all the tools it doesn’t provide any inspiration. Creatively, you’re on your own.

This is where it’s overshadowed by plug-in suites like the Nik Collection, by all-in-one editing and effects applications like Alien Skin Exposure X and ON1 Photo RAW, and by newcomers like MacPhun Luminar. All of these programs give you ideas and inspiration for what your images could look like. Photoshop can create anything you can imagine, but the trouble with imagination is that it’s not always there when you need it.

That’s not all. Photoshop doesn’t have an image cataloguing tools. It comes with Adobe Bridge, but that’s essentially just a file browser. This is where you need applications like Lightroom or Capture One Pro.

I know a lot of folk also object to Photoshop on principle because it’s now subscription-only software. That doesn’t bother me so much because I think it’s a really good deal and I spend twice as much per month on my cellphone contract.

So I don’t plan on covering Photoshop a lot on this site since there are plenty of others that do that already. It will pop up now and again, though. Just so you know.

 

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