It's not the first time I've posted about my dislike of this software, even tho I fully appreciate it's ability to edit images .. I've seen the results and more than anything I admire YOUR(you the PS user's) resolve in still using it.
I'm not an impatient person, but learning to use the software I like, is not how I believe software should work.
of primary concern to me is the ability to delve into the applications' workflow easily and without needing a PhD in subatomic computer particle quantization programming!
PS, has gone from a hard to use(or accurately get used too) software to a ridiculously incomprehensible nightmare.
My history with PS came via this method:
Earliest intro into photo editing(extremly basic) was PaintShop Pro.
This was with scanned films or photos, really basic editing to undull dulled scans and so on .. about 1997-ish.
No real need to update this workflow until about 2006 when I got a D70s.
With that I saw a need to be able to play with NEF files .. which PSP 6 or 7 couldn't do.
So .. first stop was Nikon's Capture(not CaptureNX!).... Nikon Capture v4.
Editing was very simple but unfortunately globally based. That is you couldn't dodge and burn in a manner of speaking.
ex Father in law introduced me to PS(he's a teacher of Photography related stuff!
So from advice I tried it too.
Couldn't understand most of the processes involved, and about the time I decided to just stay with Capture .. Nikon announced to the world .. CaptureNX.
Gave it a trial and instantly hooked.
I didn't and still don't need the ability to add remove skies and people and pimples and distort faces and figures .. so the ease of which I took to CNX made this the obvious choice.
That was about 2007.
Fast forward 7 years.
Now on a totally unrelated need .. not for photos, but the ability to manipulate an image. A PNG. A logo .. ie. not a photo, and so any manipulation and mangling of this image is deemed not only acceptable, but a prerequisite!
Enter PS .. even against my better judgement.
I know regular PS users will not understand becasue in life it's hard to unlearn the things you have learned .. but I still maintain good software is EASY to use. It shouldn't take half a day to research a simple manipulation of an image .. but that seems to be PS's forte.
Now it took me a few hours to first play with, then realise that I just can't figure out ..... how to change a simple plain colour in this PNG say from purple to green.
I know PS can do it, and I pushed a few buttons and widgets, but all to no avail, but did reveal some interesting concepts of what image manipulation is all about.
And I'm still not interested in it.
So .. enter .. tada! .. Paintdotnet. First introduced to me via the affable I@M(Andrew). Andrew is a true mate, and I know he wouldn't lead me astray, even tho he does his best to do so
So what was the result?(I hear you ask).
In about 3 or 4 pushes of a button, I not only figured out how to do it, without resorting to 10 pages, 30 videos and endless hours of internet research .. but we were changing colours with gay abandoned.
(Not that there's anything wrong with that! )
My sis is opening a cafe soon, and she's playing about with a logo she had designed for her. She has the right to do whatever she wants to it .. and she(we!) love the design. Great concept from the person she hired.
So changing a part of the logo took barely a couple of minutes in paint.net, I TAUGHT her how to do it in a few seconds ... Oh! that's easy was the remark.
So I ask you WHY .. Why did you persevere with that overbloated garbageware known as Photoshop .. now CS.
Yeah it may be powerful in what it can do .. but this doesn't cut it for me.
Driving a T909 Kenny with it's myriad of buttons levers gears and widgets is also a powerful application, but I'm not going to do that again either(any more thank god! )
One thing tho .. to those that did persevere with it and now do good with it .. I admire your resolve!
I don't have that sort of resolve, even tho I might stand out in minus something temperatures with half frozen hands to get a pretty inconsequential photo that I eventually didn't like.
I trudged through the most disgustingly effluent gloop, where I once got stuck in it so badly my bad knee couldn't lift me out of it .. and still 'enjoyed' that result of that photo session .. even tho I never did anything with those images either. I had had a ute, those boots would have stayed back there in Geelong , as they weren't coming into the car with me.
Just two easily recalled trials and tribulations in my pursuit of happiness in photography that I have endured .. but I will not ever again suffer PS or CS ever again.
It's not hard .. that is not hard to use .. they just make it so convoluted to do so.
Is there ever going to be a movement amongst the CS cognescendi to effect a change in CS's user interface from Adobe, to one that is actually useful?
Are the cloning masses simply happy to just keep on keeping on as they have been for so long?
Anyhow .. just a rant .. and sis is rapt that she now has pain.net installed