Part of working on this blog is to share information. Here is some software that I suspect many of you would find really good. I started processing photos with Photo Studio Ultimate 2018 by ACD See last year. I was testing it out as a possible alternative to the Adobe programs, and their subscriptions.
It works in a similar way to Lightroom and Photoshop, but it is combined into one program.
There are quite a few different components to the program and you use them for various things. You can view your photos, do minor adjustments or work with lots of layers. The choice is yours. At the end of this post there is a video that will take you on an tour.
Unlike Lightroom you don’t have to import your photos to this. As soon as you open it they are all there. In Manage mode you can see your photos as thumbnails. You will see your folders and there is the ability to go through them to find images you want to work on.
This will give you a look at every photo on your computer. It is like a list and you can see them from the most recent to the first one that were put on there, if they are still there. If you are stuck finding a photo because you can’t remember what folder they are in, then you can search for them in Photo Mode.
In View you can do a little basic processing, but not a lot. The advantage of this mode is that you get to see a bigger image so you can see if it is the one you want to work on.
This is similar to Lightroom. You can do quite a bit to your images in Develop Mode. You are working on one layer. You can’t add extra layers in this mode.
Edit mode is where the fun starts. If you ask me, the best mode. You can add layers, combine images and do just anything you want to your image here. In many ways it is like Photoshop.
It doesn’t work the same way, and you do have to think a little differently, but generally you can do nearly everything that you can in Photoshop. I only found one thing that didn’t work.
One aspect that is disappointing is the feathering. It doesn’t do it enough. I found doing the same thing a few times and changing the area each time helped to overcome that. As I said, there are always ways around, you just need to think outside the box.
It is probably one of the best programs available. If you don’t want to do the subscription that Adobe now require, then this is a good way to go. You won’t get Photoshop and Lightroom, but for the most part you won’t notice.
I do have an affiliation with ACD Systems, so if you purchase it I will get a bit of a kickback. It isn’t a lot, but every bit helps right? This doesn’t affect the price to you. If you want to buy it, please use this link.
I will add the link on other places too.
Here is a video that I did when I was attempting to do the editing group. So you might need to ignore some of the information in it. It should let you see around the program and the various modes. I may do some editing in it at some stage as well. Show you how it works.
Please note: I am not going to recommend anything just to get money. So if I do tell you about something it will always be because I like it. If I don’t like something it will not be mentioned on this blog.