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Image Processing Software, Advice for image processing newbies
Juramike
post Sep 5 2007, 11:04 PM
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What kind of image processing software would be good for a newbie interested in starting to manipulate basic images (JPEG, TIFF, PPG)?

Is there a big difference between Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended?
What do y'all recommend?

(And how can I get this cheap? Man, this stuff looks expensive!)

Any advice would be helpful, but I am so NOT an IT guy: I still move my lips when I try to read software manuals. (I usually just click the default option on installation windows and jsut hope everything works OK.)

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Ian R
post Sep 5 2007, 11:34 PM
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I use Paint Shop Pro 8; it's cheap and fairly powerful, in addition to having a shallow learning curve.


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post Sep 6 2007, 04:42 AM
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I'm still using Paint Shop Pro 6 biggrin.gif.

Combined with some additional filters and an DDS exporter it's still enough for my purposes. I'm creating textures for Celestia with this tool. smile.gif


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jamescanvin
post Sep 6 2007, 09:01 AM
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QUOTE (Juramike @ Sep 6 2007, 12:04 AM) *
And how can I get this cheap?


Use The GIMP - nothing cheaper than free. smile.gif

James


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post Sep 6 2007, 02:09 PM
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I am still using Photoshop CS2. I haven't found any convincing reason to go to CS3 yet.


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post Sep 6 2007, 02:30 PM
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QUOTE (tedstryk @ Sep 6 2007, 03:09 PM) *
I haven't found any convincing reason to go to CS3 yet.


And I don't think that you will either. CS 2.0001 is more appropriate than CS3 to be honest.

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post Sep 7 2007, 11:37 PM
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Thanks, all!

I'm in the process of downloading the free trial of Paint Shop Pro. Based on the slow-as-molasses transfer rate everyone else must be, too (325 Mb file at an average transfer rate of 25 Kb/sec - groan). I've also pulled down the GIMP and all it's associated run-time enviroment stuff.

I'll load both up and do the flight test. (ease of use, functionality)

Oh yeah, I snagged both from download.com: http://www.download.com/Digital-Photography/?tag=dir


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post Jan 19 2008, 08:36 PM
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Hoping this is the right place to post this query
I've been using PSP to colour combine MER pictures just by grey scaling then combining RGB however my new machine has Photoshop elements 2.0 I can grey scale the picture but don't know how to recombine them.
Do I have to upgrade to CS3 or is there an easy way to combine RGB in Photoshop elements 2.0
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post Dec 20 2008, 06:17 AM
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For any wanna-be imagesmythes to put on their list for Santa, here's a really excellent book on using Photoshop for space photography:

R. Scott Ireland "Photoshop Astronomy" , 2005, Willman-Bell, Inc. (Amazon listing here)

The tutorial includes a DVD with step-by-step exercises. The author does a phenomenal job of working through the common techniques and also weaves in shortcuts and multiple ways to do things with each example. I can't recommend it enough! You will not be dissapointed!

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post Feb 15 2009, 10:48 PM
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QUOTE (jamescanvin @ Sep 6 2007, 04:01 AM) *
Use The GIMP - nothing cheaper than free. smile.gif

James



I downloaded GIMP and also found a plug-in for making gores out of (presumably) Mercator projection maps. However, I'd have to insert the plug-in into the source code, which I'd have to download, and it looks like the tarball comes in several files, and how do I maniupulate the tarballs, etc. I'm pretty lost, any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Are you on Windows, or a Unix-y OS like Linux, OS X etc? It's going to be a lot easier if the latter. A very quick google turned up http://www.gimptalk.com/forum/topic/Compil...ows-8606-1.html .


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post Jun 17 2009, 08:59 PM
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QUOTE (Juramike @ Sep 5 2007, 06:04 PM) *
What kind of image processing software would be good for a newbie interested in starting to manipulate basic images (JPEG, TIFF, PPG)?

Is there a big difference between Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended?
What do y'all recommend?

(And how can I get this cheap? Man, this stuff looks expensive!)

Any advice would be helpful, but I am so NOT an IT guy: I still move my lips when I try to read software manuals. (I usually just click the default option on installation windows and jsut hope everything works OK.)

-Mike


Since you're not an IT guy this might not help you very much but ImageMagick is a great command line utility.

For those Python developers out there, there is the Python Imaging Library, which I have found to be quite powerful and easy to use.

Both are be great resources when processing large data sets containing images, as I have been doing recently.


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post Jun 18 2009, 04:16 AM
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Dittoing ImageMagick. ImageMagick is the lingua franca of computer image libraries. Note that ImageMagick may be accessed programmatically from all major scripting languages (Python, Perl, and Ruby, eg) and C/C++. So it's well worth learning.
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post Nov 5 2010, 08:34 PM
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This is very brief description of basic morphing with Sqirlz Morph, which can answer some question from EPOXI thread and belongs more
to Image Processing Techniques.

You can download program from here http://www.xiberpix.net/SqirlzMorph.html.
Animation process is really simple.
Key parts of the procedure are:
Preparing initial images (cropping and centering).
Opening two close (in time) images.
Matching corresponding key points on images.
Testing and repositioning key points (most time consuming part, most difficult key points are those on sharp edges without distinctly quidance).
Making output video (if it's video for follow-up processing, choosing compression to lossless is good idea).
Making same procedure for all images and joining videos (in different program, I use VirtualDub).

EDIT: Squirlz => Sqirlz


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Has anyone used IDL for image analysis? I'm processing images in ISIS and I know there is an ISIS DLM to read .cub files in IDL. What I'm really trying to figure out is if and where map-projected lat/long information is maintained. Thanks!
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