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<p>I have a little blog going on, I am hoping to eventually gain sponsership from it.  I'm considering moving to typepad soon, I just got a new camera to use for my blog however I'm looking for something that can edit my my pictures and I'm wondering what type of proigram to use.  I have a pc, and am looking at photoshop programs to use on my computer.  I need nothing super elaberate basically I want to:</p>
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<p>~Crop photos in different shapes (like into hexagons actually)</p>
<p>~Blur backgrounds '</p>
<p>~Enhance colors</p>
<p>~Maybe erase things like a tag showing or hair in the eyes type stuff</p>
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<p>I don't really want to spend a ton of money (I've seen programs run for nearly a $1000)</p>
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<p>Can anyone give me rec's??</p>
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<p>Thanks for ther advice!</p>
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<p>TIA!</p>
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<p>Samantha</p>
 

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Psst, try WordPress for the blog.<br><br>
As far as photo editing the standard is Photoshop (on PCs at least, I prefer Aperture 3 on my Mac) but Photoshop is highly expensive unless you can find a older version. You can try Gimp, I've heard its another option and free. I haven't played around with it myself but I think it would be worth a try. <a href="http://www.gimp.org/" target="_blank">http://www.gimp.org/</a><br><br>
Photoshop Elements is a basic photo editing program as well, although, again, I don't have any hands on experience: <a href="http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopel/" target="_blank">http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopel/</a>
 

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<p>i have Photoshop but only because i was able to get it for free from a friend. i heard that Lightroom is a lot more affordable (made by adobe, too), it also has a lot of wonderful pre-sets that will save you time, and you dont have to be a pro to use it.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/" target="_blank">http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/</a></p>
 

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<p>hmmm not sure if GIMP can do all that, but it's free and can be used on a PC</p>
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<p>I second the WP suggestion.</p>
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<p>Though I have seen some pretty popular blogs on typepad as well.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/community/forum/thread/1288900/photoshop-or-equivelent-for-blog-photographers-question#post_16180386" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Pariah</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1288900/photoshop-or-equivelent-for-blog-photographers-question#post_16180386"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br><p>Lightroom is a great program, but it is more for batch editing rather than graphic design or detailed photo editing. When I worked at a photography studio, we used Lightroom to make changes in lighting, levels, etc. over hundreds of photos at a time so they all had the same basic look. Then we used Photoshop to go into individual photos to crop, edit, etc.</p>
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I'd agree. We tried lightroom here and I just wasn't impressed with it for editing. When I do editing I want to do more than what lightroom had to offer. I'm on a mac though, so when I want to do batch editing such as lighting I set up a work flow in Automator to run them for me, thus no reason to use ligthroom when I can use Aperture or even Pixelmator.
 
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