I use picnik.com. I only heard of it a few weeks back because before then I didn't edit my pictures. It's basic but It's nice to be simple :) Looking at the comments mines a bit silly, but I can't happily afford photoshop! Honestly I only edit if I have to or need to. Because editing can be over done, My favourite edit is SC as it can be so effective!
Photoshop Elements 8
Photoshop CS4 for me.
Photoshop, Picassa, Canon Program that came with my camera
I use Lightroom 2, CS5 and Paint Shop Pro X2 and I agree with Pixel Bloke Does everything that PS does...easier to use and a fraction of the price. I also use Photomatrix Pro for HDR work, Portrait Professional for Portrait work, and last but not least Noiseware to cut out digital noise.
I process RAW in Capture One Pro 6. Editing is done in a combination of programs based on the results Im looking for. I have CS5 for the bulk of my editing and also PSP X3. In my opinion PSP kicks CS5's butt for tone-mapping. There are a handful of other programs I use for noise reduction, easy lighting manipulation, and photo enhancement.
I have the Corel Suite also and use Corel Draw everyday, but not for editing photos. Draw is not meant to be a photo editor so would have created nothing but headaches for you. Its more of graphics program to create vector images and for easy assembly of elements for layout. If you were to try anything other than CS5, check out PSP, its a really strong software and can compete with CS5 on most tasks. It does process a bit slower though.
I use Picassa 3.0, GIMP, & Microsoft Office 2010 Photo program.
Just a note to add. I see a lot of posts from those mentioning they use Lightroom and that's all they mention. I have friends that use it and its a great program for what it does. I use Capture One Pro to do the same thing. They are primarily for RAW conversion though and cant some close to the control you would get from an actual editing program such as CS5, PSP... even free ones such as GIMP, they all give you more control over final edits. Lightroom or any RAW conversion software is more of a starting point, not a final destination for most photographers.
thanks, you answered a question I had not posted. I'm photographing my daughter's wedding, her alternative was to have the wedding guests take the photos, so no professional will be out of a job because of me. I'm eligible for teacher discounts and will be getting Photoshop CS5 because of your comments.
I've started shooting in RAW, mainly because of what I've learned on here. I guess my latest captures are doubly raw.
I'll be looking for a FREE RAW converter through these threads.
Im glad I was able to help.
CS5 has a raw converter built into it if that helps at all. Its not bad either. Not as good as a true conversion software but it was a ton better than the free conversion software that came with my Olympus.
I use CS4 for layers, processing, contrast, saturation, channel mixers, sharpening, levels, curves. I use Noiseware pro to control the noise and I use Lightroom to export my work and do the last finishing touches. It also depends what you are shooting and how much you wish to process your work. I am a Landscape and Seascape photographer in South Africa. I use all of these above programs, you are able to use only lightroom for minor changes but i would recommend all three. Check out my work on my profile to see the results on these programs