Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday School: Option to Edit & Organize - Photo Software

Hi Everyone!  It's Jenn (jk703) here to share some information with you today for saturday School!  We are going to go over some software options that are available for photo editing and organization!

I know... you are looking at your scrapbooking stash and wondering if there is something out there to help you find things, sort images, and edit images, making it all pretty and tidy, right?! I bet you even started digital scrapbooking, and thought "This is going to be so much more organized than paper scrapping!"  Right!?!  HA!  Now, you've probably been scrapping for a bit, have a gigantic un-countable amount of un-edited photos and then on top of that an amazing stash of digi supplies!

What to do? What to do?  Well.... I'm going to share some software that either is for photo organization, photo editing or has the capabilities included. Depending on your type of computer, budget and what options you are looking for - there is something for everyone!

 Picasa is by Google.  It is a free download that will allow you a simple way to organize your photos.  This option also allows for simple photo editing, such as lighting and color issues. They offer batch uploading, and also allows you to see the photo properties.  You can see what settings you had on the camera when you took a certain photo. They support tagging, search filters, and color searches.


Adobe Photoshop Elements is not just for creating, but can be used for the organization of your photos and supplies. This is available on all Windows versions of PSE, and then only on
PSE 9 for Mac versions. The organizer lets you organize your photos with keyword tags, then search and share them.  Quick fix allows you to crop, fix red eye, and sharpen  - but there is much more.  Cost can be from $50 to $100.
Adobe Bridge comes with the certain Adobe programs or Creative Suites.  It offers a folder based system of organization.  This software would streamline your photo editing, creative workflow, and actually using your photos because it works directly with Photoshop.  Allows sorting, filters, batching, color labels, star ratings, and some drag and drop features.  Cost:  Software comes with certain Adobe software, so the price can vary. 
Acdsee is an easy to use photo organizer, editor, and sharing machine.  Browse, organize, and manage all your photos and supplies in one location.  Create your own categories, keywords, key phrases, and much more.  There are also editing tools included, such as exposure correction, red eye fix, and it also includes some creative effects. Cost:  $70 - $170.00 depending on the version. 


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is more of a photo editing software than an organizer.  It isn't a file browser like Adobe Bridge, but more of an image management system with heavy duty photo editing. The organization part of Lightroom reminds me of the Photoshop Elements Organizer.  You can use keywords, and locate things by color, or type.  Cost:  $250-$300. 

iPhoto is a software that is included in iLife, on Apple computers. This just happens to be how I ended up organizing.  The software allows for events, merging, separation as well as keywords, smart albums and search functions.  You can create separate photo libraries, such as one for photos and one for digital scrap supplies.  This software has really basic photo editing options.  Cost:  $49 - $79, to purchase iLife software.

Have a great Saturday everyone!
Jenn (jk703/TheTypativeScrapper)

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