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What Can't You Do With Digital Images...Photoshop 7

Techstination feature for Thursday, May 9, 2002

What can you do with digital images? Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Maybe the question should be what can't you do? Adobe is out with an update to Photoshop. The software package that's been around for a decade has its own association of professional users. Version 7.0 includes lots of little improvements, like a spell checker for text used in image files. And, says product manager Kevin Connor...

"We also put a big focus on retouching, which of course is one of the most common things that photographers will want to do. And we introduced a healing brush which has gotten just a tremendous response. It makes it much, much easier to seamlessly retouch blemishes and scratches and things like that."

You can make wrinkles disappear faster than a Park Avenue plastic surgeon. The problem is Photoshop carries a Park Avenue price. Six hundred dollars. One hundred fifty if you're upgrading from an earlier version.

"At the same time though, we have done a version of Photoshop called Photoshop Elements that is available at a much lower cost and it strips out some of the high end professional features such as doing color separations and some of the high end interactive Web authoring features. And that's available for under a hundred dollars."

That's a little more like it for most consumers. The program also has less of a learning curve. Other alternatives for less money on my recommended list include Microsoft's PictureIt, Jasc's Paint Shop Pro and Ulead's PhotoImpact. For simple editing and organizing photos into onscreen albums, check out FlipAlbum from EBook Systems. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.