I have been using Photoshop for a really, really long time. Like, 30 years, give or take. I’ve watched it “grow” over the years. My son bought me — as a “permanent birthday gift” — the online version which i didn’t want because I prefer owning software to renting it. I had been using CS 5.5 (DVD) which I own. When I changed to the “new” Photoshop, I assumed that it would be new since the DVD I have is 12, maybe 15 years old.
Much to my surprise, there is almost nothing new in the “new” more expensive version, and what is new is is not interesting.
The only reason I have stuck with Photoshop is I didn’t want to learn a whole new application. It’s laziness, I know — but I think I’d rather learn something new than keep paying Adobe and getting nothing more than I already own. Learning a new application will take time and will slow down my ability to process photos which I do pretty fast. On the other hand, I’m not thrilled with Photoshop and even when I installed it, I wasn’t very happy about it. Most of the bells and whistles it offers aren’t things in which I’m interested.
So – if you do NOT use Photoshop, which software do you use? Mac or PC? I’m okay with both.
I’m not going to be updating to Windows 11 either as my PC can’t and I’m not ready to buy a new one. I don’t think I’ve paid off this one yet. I also have a Mac which after three years, I’ve (finally) begun using. If I can find a photo application that will run on a Mac, I’d like to hear about it. I’ve had a lot of trouble finding applications that run on the Mac which is odd since the Mac was the original machine for doing graphics. Somewhere, developers seem to have lost interest in building Mac-based systems or maybe I just haven’t found the right software.
I need software that does typical stuff. Straightening, brightening, sharpening, denoising, cropping — really, nothing fancy. I need to be able to reduce the size of photos so I won’t “break the bank” on WordPress and isn’t absurdly complicated. You photographers out there are incredible, so if you’ve found software that works for you, it will probably work for me, too. Since I have both a PC and a Mac, I can go either way.
Tell me about your graphics software and change my world for the better!