Ok, time to put this to the masses…
What does everybody use for post-processing software?
I’ve been using Photoshop Elements 8 for about a year and just recently started researching plug-ins and actions and presets and such. I shelled out a ton of money for the Topaz suite of plug-ins and after much playing with it, I’m not sure it’s what I need. I like/use about 3 of the effects, definitely not worth $250 for the apparent use I’m going to get out of it. I think it’s a bit over my head, and I got it in the first place to simplify my fine-tuning of pictures because Elements is a bit over my head (I just don’t have the time or motivation to pour over the Elements lessons I also subscribed to at www.elementsuser.com ). I’m now looking at the OnOne plug-in for Elements ($50) but I can’t use it until I upgrade my video card (stupid old computer).
Obviously I’m not a pro and I’m just looking to have some speedy ways to achieve nifty effects in a few clicks, instead of learning how to do it properly. I want a cheap, easy way to “fake it.”
Do you/did you share my dilemma? What are you using? Are you happy with it?
Input greatly appreciated!