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MicroGrafx Picture Publisher 8.0 VS. Photo Shop 
I love this program. I've been using it for the last 4 years. I've never used PhotoShop but from what I hear you have to buy a lot of plug ins. Has any body tried both programs? 
have used Micrographix Picture Publisher from 1996 till Dec. 2004. Though I have not worked with Photoshop Elements 2 more than a couple of months, I like how it operates - a lot better. It took a little getting used to, but the available plug-ins make life interesting. B+W filter plug-in which I ordered from Adorama for $65 enabled me to give my beach, water and scenic shots a Polarizer efect. The warming filter also is good. The thing I like best is the ability to use Photoshop Actions which makes thing go quickly and smoothly. You can get some plug-ins free, some for $10 or $20, and some for an arm and a leg. 

Read ths article www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/lynch/index.html ; it was written by Richard Lynch - the Master. You can order the book [u:b0117eb0f2]The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2 which is a must if you want to do some great work. Unless you are a professional grafix specialist or a professional photographer earning big bucks from your work, Elements 2 or 3 will do fine. I'm sticking with PS Wlements 2. 

Note: A great free gift from Rich on his website is the Functionality Installer tool which enables you to use the free Actions that come with it. This is his latest release and you will get free Matting and Framing effects with a host of Batch actions for making a fix to an entire folder at once (i.e levels, contrast etc.). Go to his website at www.hiddenelements.com then click on Power Tools. 

You can get Inteli-Sharpin from http://www.fredmiranda.com/ for $29. That works great; be sure to read the Read Me file and you will do just fine. Another great plug in for aabout $29 is Virtual Photographer - also produced by Fred Miranda. Virtual Photographer enables you to convert images to B&W with great control, soften images, add hollywood effects etc. with the greatest of ease. 

BTW - Photographix no longer has its Picture Publisher available, and if there are plug-ins, I couldn't locate them. Elements does a much better job. I never thought it could get me away from Picture Publisher, but Elements is the clear winner. I stuck with Pictur Publisher 4.0. 

Color Adjustments in photo editor

Some images which you want to put in your website may not look just right because there is a greenish tint to the picture or there is a strong yellowish look. 
Whatever the coloration, if a picture you want to upload to your site has a color problem, most image editors provide a means of correcting for worst-case imbalances. 
Look for a menu item called "Image" or "Adjust" or "Color" and find the "Adjust Color Balance" or "Hue and Brightness" or "Color Correction" controls. If your image is overly yellow, you can generally adjust either the yellow controls to remove yellow, or use an automatic color correction filter built in to some programs to create a more natural look. 
Again, experiment with the controls and how changing certain levels has an overall change to the image, either in the image's color or it's contrast and lighting. 
If you have an image which has really bad color balance problems, use that image to experiment with since any corrections you're able to make to that image will probably be "worst case" for most of the rest of your images. 
If you find certain color combinations or color and contrast combinations which create a good-looking image, save a version of your work using the "Save As" feature of the program. Remember to save it in either .gif or .jpg format. 

Gimp User's Manual photo editor
Karin and Olof S Kylander have a very nice chapter, Gimp for Photoshop users, in their book, Gimp User's Manual, that quickly will get you up to speed if you are a Photoshop user migrating to the GIMP. It's Chapter 5. Gimp User's Manual is online and there is a free-download link in the Resources section at the end of this article on page 2.

Version-wise, Gimp User's Manual is somewhat outdated. It is about GIMP 1.0.x. The current stable version of GIMP is 1.2.5 and the current developer version is 1.3.x. Moreover, GIMP 2.0 is expected to be released soon.

Nevertheless, you may freely download the Gimp User's Manual. That makes it a very good deal and well worth using to learn how to use the GIMP. The main point of this versions discussion is to let you know that GIMP has lots more features and many user-interface improvements since Gimp User's Manual was published

Adobe Photoshop Elements photo editor
Photoshop Elements is Adobe's photo-editing software for amateur photographers, digital imaging enthusiasts, and small business users. As the name implies, Photoshop Elements is built around core elements of Adobe Photoshop, but excludes some of the more advanced, professional-level features. Version 3.0 has an improved user interface, RAW camera support, and many new and enhanced tools.

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