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04-12-2013, 08:18 AM   #1
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Looking for professional photo editing software?
A Photo Editor Is Only Professional When It Has A Dark-Gray User-Interface (= sarcasm).

ACDSee Pro (charcoal / dark), silver / light. ) *
ACDSee Photo Editor (white, light gray)
Adobe Photoshop (adjustable from from white to black) *
Adobe PhotoShop Elements (dark gray ?)
Adobe Lightroom (adjustable from from light gray to black) *
Akvis LightShop (white)
Akvis Art Suite 2 (white)
Apple Aperture (light gray, dark gray) *
ArcSoft PhotoStudio Darkroom (light gray, dark gray)
ArtWeaver (white, light gray)
Bibble (see Corel AfterShot) *
Corel AfterShot Pro (dark gray)
Corel PaintShop Pro X3 (dark- medium- light-gray, light-blue) *
GIMP (light gray)
Krita (light gray)
Nik Color Efex Pro (dark gray)
Nik Silver Efex Pro (dark gray)
onOne Perfect Photo Suite (dark gray)
Paint.NET (white)
Pentax Camera Utility 4, from Silkypix (light gray / white)
Phase One Capture One Express (dark gray)
Phase One Capture One Pro (dark gray)
Photivo (dark gray)
Photo Pos Pro (white)
Pinta (light gray, white)
Pixel Image Editor (light gray, white)
Sagelight (dark gray)
Silkypix Developer Studio Pro (dark gray)

Now you know !

Edit March 12, 2013.
I was actually searching for a professional photo editor that has NOT a dark-gray user-interface because I don't like it. But it seems that if a photo editor wants to label itself as professional it applies a dark-gray interface because all the big boys do so.

* = added or changed thanks to feedback


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04-12-2013, 08:34 AM   #2
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Looks like you left out Apple Aperture, which really set the dark-grey visual template for everyone else to follow In late 2005.

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GIMP is not a professional editor...neither is Paint.net nor its clone Pinta...or Elements for that matter.

If you want to include those then you should include Pixelmator.

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GIMP is not a professional editor...neither is Paint.net nor its clone Pinta...

If you want to include those then you should include Pixelmator.

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That's what I said. Look at the color of the user interface!

Don't underestimate Paint.NET. It is a quite capable little application downloaded as barebones framework that can be expanded with plug-ings, and there are hundreds of them (RAW, borders, watermark, advanced grayscale, masks, white balance, GIMP/Adobe/PSP file formats ...). And it is free.


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That's what I said. Look at the color of the user interface!
Then you should include Pixelmator if interface color is your only criteria...
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How many of those editors allow you to load a printer profile and soft proof your prints? A pro feature?
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Really professional editors allow you to set colour, so they must be the best then.

Lightroom has five levels ranging from White to Black, CS6 has four levels ranging from Light Grey to Black

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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
Lightroom has five levels ranging from White to Black,
Even more if you also count the option to "dim" the interface.
Press L to see what i mean

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QuoteOriginally posted by Anvh Quote
option to "dim" the interface
Aye right enough, four levels of dim, on top of the five colours, Lightroom is truly really professional.

Btw didn't know that, thanks for the heads up Anvh.
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It has some advance modes, You can also open a second window you know.
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Hell, I can't even save a file in Lightroom. It must be professional.
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Really professional editors allow you to set colour, so they must be the best then.

Lightroom has five levels ranging from White to Black, CS6 has four levels ranging from Light Gray to Black
Thanks kerrowdown and Anvh. That's good news. I'm going to download Lightroom and give it a try.
I have a K5 II and one of the RAW formats is DNG, so that's also a good reason to use Lightroom.
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Hell, I can't even save a file in Lightroom
It only allows masterpieces to be kept for prosperity, maybe it's judging your images too harshly.

When it does allow, it has the wee fancy title of Export, none of the save nonsense.
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You can also open a second window you know.
No I didn't, but I've got enough problems keeping the first window under control.
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Acdsee Pro 6 has 2 color themes for the workspace - charcoal (dark) and silver (light).
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