Graphic Converter vs. Photoshop

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by cricketbird, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. cricketbird macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2008
    For a hobby photographer who takes a lot of backyard photos of birds, flowers and family, and likes to play with photos (mirror photos, blend photos together) what does Adobe Photoshop offer that Graphic Converter doesn't?

    Both can read RAW images, adjust colors, remove things like powerlines and red-eye, apply things like reflections, water ripples and other silly effects, flip images, allow you to combine images, etc.

    Basically, my mom has and knows how to use GC, but all her photography buddies are telling her to get PS. I'd happily get it for her, but (1) it's incredibly expensive (2) I've never used it, so can't help her troubleshoot it and (3) it sounds just like GC which she already has and knows how to use.

    So what photo features is she missing out on by just having GC? Thanks!
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I can't give you all of the differences, but you might want to consider Photoshop Elements instead of the full blown Photoshop. It would probably meet your needs for a lot less money.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Photoshop Elements might be more useful for your mother. The full version of Photoshop contains extremely powerful and deeply complex features that your mother is extremely unlikely to use... e.g. working in colour-managed 16bit workflows and in CMYK, for instance. From the sound of your mother's needs, it would be complete overkill.
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    I am a paid user of Photoshop Elements 6.0 and GraphicConverter 6.3. Quite frankly, I believe that every Mac user should pay the shareware fee for GC. That said, many of the things that you are asking about can be done in iPhoto.
  5. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    For that kind of horrible photo manipulation, Photoshop Elements will do the trick.
  6. cricketbird thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2008
    Thanks everyone - I agree that kind of image processing is often "horrible", but she loves it.

    I didn't know about the Photoshop Elements, but that seems a logical choice now.

    Next question: If her photo buddies give her advice on how to edit a photo in Photoshop, will she be able to follow those instructions in PSE? Is PSE just a slimmed-down version of PS, or is it a completely different software package?
  7. PCMacUser macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    Some of the menu items might be in different places, but yes, most instructions should translate through to PSE without too many problems. PSE is indeed a slimmed down version of PS - it also offers a lot more 'wizard' type features than PS, because it is aimed more at the home user rather than the pro.
  8. cricketbird thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2008
  9. orangeillini14 macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2008
    Although some editing tools in PS aren't available in PSE... like Curves (correct?).
  10. isaacc7 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2004

    And I believe that they are now available in Graphic convertor. It makes GC a steal IMO...

  11. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2008
    Well, I use both GC and Elements 6. I can do the same with each one of these applications, including download photos from the camera, printer, etc. While PSE6 uses Bridge to download photos, GC downloads them by itself. Both are very fast.

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