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    What are your image manipulation tools of choice?

    Thanks to this Photography subforum, I've been getting really interested in actually using this rather expensive toy of mine (Canon Rebel XTi) for all the nice things it can do. My (exclusive) computer tool of choice for images is Photoshop. I currently own v5 personally, and use v6 at work, but have noticed that EXIF information is not transferred after I finish manipulating the photo and save the end result. I also know that for simple actions such as cropping and resizing, Photoshop is a bit of an overkill. I'd like to expand my arsenal.

    Anyway, I'm curious what all of you use. Do you use the software that came with the camera, Picasa, Windows Photo and Fax Viewer (hehe), or something entirely different? By all means, list your tools and what you find best about them. All Operating System tools are welcome!
    They say, "Practice makes perfect," yet they also say, "Nobody's perfect". I don't get it.

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    Spend $200 for PS CS3 upgrade, you won't be disappointed.

    Bridge makes photo organizing and tweaking easy, and ACR (when you start using Raw) is awesome. The amount of tweaking you can do on your photos will amaze you.
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    I am currently using CS2, however no where near its full potential. However I am learning. For what I need it works great.
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    Without a shadow of a doubt... Photoshop.

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    I use PS Elements 2, almost a full blown PS program and also PS 5 in an older computer. It is just great how you can improve pictures with those.
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    Photoshop, the digital darkroom.
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    I was thinking about this topic a bit more, and I think it was taken too literally. Instead, let's think liberally. What other tools do you find extremely helpful with your photography arts?

    For mocking up a panoramic image digitally, I find autostitch to be very handy indeed. It has some caveats, but for simple panoramas it works like a charm!

    Obviously, I don't expect you to discuss your hidden treasures or secrets of the trade, but if you don't mind sharing, share on! ...if I were more experienced I might have more to share.
    They say, "Practice makes perfect," yet they also say, "Nobody's perfect". I don't get it.

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    My best tool in anything I do is my mind, patients, attention to detail, go-get-it attitude. I think those -- more than anything -- are the most important things in my arsenal.
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