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Old 11-08-2014, 11:14 PM   #1
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I open a photo in photo editing software that in addition to resizing, cropping, adjusting saturation, overlapping images (cut and paste) etc etc etc also has a versatile text inserting tool.

I use Photoshop exclusively. That's a very high end, very expensive software (latest versions $600++) but I picked up an old, old, long outdated version on eBay, Adobe Photoshop CS2, for I think it was $40-50 bucks. Been a long time user (going back to my first pirated copy) and prefer it over the much cheaper consumer version, Adobe Photoshop Elements, v. 10, ($90.00?) only because I'm more comfortable with its tools, but Elements does the same basic stuff.
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:19 AM   #2
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You can really go old skool and insert your image into Word, add text boxes, arrows, etc. Then using the Snipping Tool (under Accessories, on a PC) and get a screen capture that you can add to your post.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:42 AM   #3
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Hey now Donna, I just tried that... it's klutsy but it works. That Snipping Tool thing is new to me.
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:20 AM   #4
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One of the easiest and cheapest (free) software programs for photo manipulation (coloring, black & white, collages, vignette, text addition, etc.) is Google's Picasa. It's the only one I've ever used; it may not be as sophisticated as Photoshop but it does the job for me:

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Can you still purchase Photoshop? I believe the latest version is only available through their "Creative Cloud" subscription program - Photoshop & Lightroom for $9.99 per month or the entire Adobe family for $49.99 per month. Since I use 5 of their products, the $50.00 per month is actually less expensive than it was when I was buying & updating individual products.
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I open a photo in photo editing software that in addition to resizing, cropping, adjusting saturation, overlapping images (cut and paste) etc etc etc also has a versatile text inserting tool.

I use Photoshop exclusively. That's a very high end, very expensive software (latest versions $600++) but I picked up an old, old, long outdated version on eBay, Adobe Photoshop CS2, for I think it was $40-50 bucks. Been a long time user (going back to my first pirated copy) and prefer it over the much cheaper consumer version, Adobe Photoshop Elements, v. 10, ($90.00?) only because I'm more comfortable with its tools, but Elements does the same basic stuff.
In my teaching days, Photoshop was part of some of my classes. I used to always recommend that unless you were planning on using it professionally, to buy Photoshop Elements. I've been retired now for 8 years and I'm sure that they have both progressed a lot in that time, but back then, Photoshop Elements did about 90% of what full blown Photoshop did and most of the remaining 10% was not usually features that non-professionals would miss. Whether that is still the case with the latest versions I don't know.

Of course, that only really applied when teaching adults. No matter how many times I tried to convince them not to do it and explained why not to, most of my high school students just went onto pirate sites and downloaded Photoshop. Probably one of the reasons Adobe went to the current subscription model Jon mentions.

Karen's suggestion is very good. Picasa is a great little free app with lots of easy features.
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:38 PM   #7
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I've got a gazillion dollars worth of software. I really dislike the creative cloud versions because you are renting it, not owning it and it can't be used off-line. Not helpful at all for those that camp and aren't connected.
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I think downloading subscription versions is total abomination, like a sword hanging over your keyboard. I say, always get the hard copy.

Elements I see on EBay is up to version 13 now and seems to be going strong. There's a ton of Photoshop software available on EBay but you really really must be very careful what you buy and not get stuck with something you find out too late you can't use because a previous version is required. It may well be that CS2 will not work with Win. 8.1. (One reason I'm still using Vista is because am afraid my very ancient ACCESS database would not be compatible.

Agree, Karen, Picasa is the safest, best, free alternative.
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I've got a gazillion dollars worth of software. I really dislike the creative cloud versions because you are renting it, not owning it and it can't be used off-line. Not helpful at all for those that camp and aren't connected.
I agree. I don't use the Picasa software to do anything other than manipulate photos on my computer. My tablet has it's own photo software and I'm very seldom on-line when using it while camping.
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One word of caution on buying Adobe software on eBay. Adobe is pretty tough on serial number registrations (at least they used to be) If it is a used copy and someone does not properly deregister their copy before selling it, you might not be able to get it to run, as it will show up in their database as already registered to someone else.
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