IPhoto vs Picasa vs Adobe Elements 10

Am looking at the various options for photo editing on the Mac and wanted some advice which is the best option of the above.Have had a bit of a play with iPhoto but do not like the way it manages photos so thinking about the other two.Obviously the downside with Adobe is the cost, but if it's going to be a lot better an option happy to do that.Suggestions appreciated :)

geek_kintama_80, Nov 28, 4:18 pm

Depends on what you want to do with the photos.

Pixelmator is also worth consideration http://www.pixelmator.com/

Then there is GIMP.

geek_reeveopd, Nov 28, 4:25 pm

I have used Adobe Elements 5 since 2006 and am very happy with it, especially for photo restoring. I just recently purchased Adobe Elements 10 from here http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx!ItemID=9399650 Its put away and will be given to me on Christmas Day. Cant wait. Elements is more powerfull that Picasa, consider it a pared back Photoshop for the home user.

geek_mgc54, Nov 28, 4:30 pm

Opps. yes I saw that, was just correcting the link as you posted. TY reeveopd

geek_mgc54, Nov 28, 4:36 pm

An example of what can be achieved with Adobe Elements. This is a work in progress, have not finished yet. The speckled nature of the photo is now its charachter, I wont be trying to correct that.
Original http://images.trademe.co.nz/photoserver/14/196264114_full.jpg Partially restored http://images.trademe.co.nz/photoserver/16/196263616_full.jpg

geek_mgc54, Nov 28, 5:11 pm

I quite like the features in Picasa actually. I've used it to create themes for Sony Ericsson feature phones in the past.

geek_carkitter, Nov 28, 11:46 pm

I have used Adobe Elements 5 since 2006 and am very happy with it, especially for photo restoring. I just recently purchased Adobe Elements 10 from here http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx!ItemID=9399649 Its put away and will be given to me on Christmas Day. Cant wait. Elements is more powerful that Picasa, consider it a pared back Photoshop for the home user. When you consider Photoshop is over $1200 then Elements is really well priced.

As has been said, there is always the free GIMP

geek_mgc54, Nov 29, 4:30 pm

Pixelmator is awesome, GIMP on the other hand is terrible, horrible old and yucky interface.

geek_malachiman, Nov 30, 2:30 pm