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Edit photo with PhotoImpact 
Does anyone edit with PhotoImpact or is everyone hooked on Photoshop? I have both, but I find PhotoImpact so much more user-friendly. I'm beginning to think though, that if I want to do any serious editing (such as selective coloring and anything involving layers), I'll have to switch over to Photoshop.
I use The Gimp, an open source app. It's probably not as user-friendly as Photoshop, and probably has fewer 3rd party filters, but it does have a lot of pretty useful features. Like Photoshop, you can create layers, use masks, use different selection techniques. It's definitely up to the task of selective coloring. It might be worth a try for you if you don't want to spend the money on Photoshop.

ZeallSoft FunPhotor is fun and easy to use photo blending software
ZeallSoft FunPhotor is fun and easy to use photo blending software.Put yourself, friends and family members on $100 bills! Swap faces and bodies! Change yourself into an astronaut or a personality on a poster. Change photos for practical jokes! 

Corel Paint Shop Pro X photo editor
Corel Paint Shop Pro X (*est. $100) is the latest version of Paint Shop. This photo editor was formerly published by Jasc Software, but was sold to Corel earlier this year. Many reviews say Paint Shop Pro is close to Photoshop CS2 in functionality, without the learning curve. PC World magazine says Paint Shop Pro is easier to use than Photoshop, with an excellent red-eye removal tool and good background manipulation features. Paint Shop Pro allows the user to work with multiple layers of the photo. This feature is common in better photo-editing software, but not seen as often in less-robust photo editors. Experts say it is easy to grow into Paint Shop Pro once you master the basics, as you are not confined to the wizard system for editing photos. While some software forces you to work only with a wizard (which takes you through a process, step by step), Corel lets more adept users stray away from the handholding of a task wizard. Corel Paint Shop Pro X also includes a photo organizer, Photo Album 6.

Image Editing 
Images do not always come exactly as you wish to use them. You may need to do some cropping, adjust their colors or luminosity, change their size, or modify their content. For this lesson, you will download the images on this page and follow the directions to change them using Photoshop, Photoshop Elements (a good buy on an academic discount) or any of the many image editing tools available. You could also try Paint Shop Pro or Corel Draw or Microsoft Photo Editor, or other image editors for PC or for the Mac; for instance BME by SoftLogic for Macintosh or other Mac shareware. In fact, there are many programs available, and one is usually included with the purchase of any scanner or digital camera. Our directions will apply to Photoshop under Windows XP - for other software you will have to make some minor adjustments, but the basic functions are always the same. We will be producing final images in JPG format as these are best for compressed photos with many colors and smooth transitions. Photoshop's own format is the best for working copies to avoid losing quality over multiple saves. JPGs compress well, but the compression is "lossy" - image quality is lost with each save. You should not use compression until all of your editing is done and your final version of the photo is ready. Always use your image editor to adjust image size; never adjust image size in your www page editor (though it is possible to do this, it is not efficient). 
To begin, check to make sure that your video display screen is adequate. Right click on the desktop and select properties. Click on the settings tab and make sure that the color palette is set higher than 256 colors (we prefer True color 32 bit [but 16 bit copor is ok] and at least 800 x 600 desktop area [though on a big monitor higher resolutions will work]). Click OK when you are satisfied - this may restart your computer under some operating systems. Keep this Web page open, and open Photoshop (or whatever image editor you are using) as well. You will be able to switch back and forth between the Web browser and Photoshop to follow the directions while you complete the tasks. If you prefer, you can print out the directions and work from paper. 

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