Photo editing

BoxcabE50 Jun 9, 2020

  1. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I had Photoshop on a previous computer. No longer have that machine, nor the software.

    I downloaded Gimp v2.10. There is supposed to be a "healing" tool. I cannot find it anywhere. Is there a plug-in missing? I have dome some Google searching, and not found any hints there as to locating this alleged ability. For something which I have read folks speaking it's virtues, this is very frustrating.

    Looking like I will need to buy Photoshop Essentials again. :mad::mad::mad::mad:
     
  2. SLSF Freak

    SLSF Freak Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Have you tried out photopea.com ? If you're used to PhotoShop you'll probably have an easy time using photopea. I remember trying Gimp as an alternative to PS but since I had already been accustomed to PS I just couldn't get the hang of Gimp. Photopea however really impressed me when I tried it last year because it's very much like PS. I don't use it regularly so I don't know if it has limitations that would prevent you from doing what you normally do but it's definitely worth checking out!

    Mike
     
  3. Point353

    Point353 TrainBoard Member

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    Have you seen this page?
    https://docs.gimp.org/2.10/en/gimp-tool-heal.html
     
  4. Hardcoaler

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    A few years ago when I searched for photo software advice, the results were overwhelming. I bought Corel PaintShop Pro X9 (since obsoleted by PaintShop Pro 2020) and have been pretty happy with it, although there are probably better packages out there.

    In my experience, hand editing is the only way to produce a superior image. I'm rarely happy with automated features for color correction, sharpness or dust removal. I also take the time to straighten the subject matter if I held my camera crooked and try to improve the composition if needed.

    The other thing that I finally accepted in scanning 35mm slides is that a crappy exposure yields a crappy scan which yields a crappy result, i.e., no amount of editing can make a bad slide look good.

    PS: For members seeking a slide scanner to work Kodachrome slides, don't waste money on a scanner with Digital ICE infrared dust removal. Digital ICE is incompatible with Kodachrome and frankly, I'm not overly impressed with its results with Ektrachrome.
     
  5. HemiAdda2d

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    I use Adobe LightRoom on the cloud. It costs about 10-12$/month.
     
  6. BoxcabE50

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    Had never heard of this option. Will check it out. I want to remove, as best as is possible, some blemishes and speckling, etc.
     
  7. BoxcabE50

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    Sadly, you are correct. Oh well. A crappy slide is probably better than none at all. Unless someone invents a time machine, where we could go back and try again.... :)
     
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    Point353's post brought to mind another tip. Keep your unedited scan files and your edited photo files. Over the years as software and skillsets improve, you'll always have your initial, unadulterated scan to start fresh from.

    As an example, my scan file would be named 2020-06-10 Centralia IL UNEdited and the edited 2020-06-10 Centralia IL.
     
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  11. Point353

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    OK. I seem to have the Toolbox back. But it is all in black and white. The whole thing is... And the Toolbox does not show anywhere as many icons as in the Tutorial. Among those not seen are the crossed bandaids for the healing tool.

    BTW- I have their v2.10.18.
     
  13. Carl Sowell

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    Boxter, i have one of those and I only use it 30-50 times, on the golf course.

    Carl
     
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  14. BoxcabE50

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    Well, I finally got it to work for me. It does the job, but....

    It took a bunch of digging, finding clues and hints. As installed, it does not show for me as seen in numerous Internet views. The healing tool was not where it is stated to be found. And you must use a combination of keyboard plus mouse clicks. Just a bit clumsy, I will say.
     
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  15. Mike Backo

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    If you want something that works very similar to Photoshop I would suggest pixlr.com. I teach photo editing to middle schoolers and this is what we use. I have used photoshop too, and I have to say for the price (Free) it is great! There is a pro version too but I have been able to do everything I needed it for on the free version.
     
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  16. BoxcabE50

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    The past couple of days I have been playing with PhotoScape X. It seems to be promising.
     
  17. Dogwood

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    I use Capture One. Because I only shoot in RAW. Capture One is very extensive, but very good. However, you need a lot of storage space for the large RAW files.
     
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