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#1 MLM

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Posted 25 October 2021 - 05:06 PM

Adobe offers Photoshop + Lightroom 20 GB for $9.99 a month.

Is that good for Astrophotography after processing in Deep Sky Stacker?

Should I purchase Astrophotography specific plugins?

 

I've heard about PixInsight - but that seems too steep a learning curve for someone still getting their feet wet in this hobby.

 

All suggestions much appreciated.



#2 petert913

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Posted 25 October 2021 - 05:09 PM

It's what I've always used.  Not the most powerful astro software, but it gets the job done for me.

 

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Posted 25 October 2021 - 05:43 PM

I use Photoshop with PI for my images but there is a cheaper program than Photoshop.  Affinity Photo, which has most of the ability of PS and is around $40, no renting.


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#4 MLM

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Posted 25 October 2021 - 06:04 PM

I use Photoshop with PI for my images but there is a cheaper program than Photoshop.  Affinity Photo, which has most of the ability of PS and is around $40, no renting.

I looked at your website - my goal one day would be to reach that level - amazing.

 

What about plugins for gradient removal, and so on? Are these tools available for Affinity Photo?



#5 GoFish

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Posted 25 October 2021 - 06:11 PM

PS worked for me until it didn’t. “Cannot connect to server” messages kept coming up when it tried to automatically apply updates.

 

Then it quit working altogether.  Then Adobe tech support totally botched trying to remotely repair the installation, leaving me unable to fix, use, or uninstall it. 
 

I will be using something else in the future. Without a PITA monthly subscription payment and a license server. 


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#6 D_talley

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Posted 25 October 2021 - 06:26 PM

My understanding is some of the Photoshop plugins work in Affinity Photo but I have never tried it and cant confirm that they do.

Thanks



#7 TelescopeGreg

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Posted 25 October 2021 - 10:15 PM

Adobe offers Photoshop + Lightroom 20 GB for $9.99 a month.

Is that good for Astrophotography after processing in Deep Sky Stacker?

Should I purchase Astrophotography specific plugins?

 

I've heard about PixInsight - but that seems too steep a learning curve for someone still getting their feet wet in this hobby.

 

All suggestions much appreciated.

If you are looking for non-PS/LR software, there are a number of alternatives to Pixinsight.  My favorite is StarTools, but there's also Astro Pixel Processor, SIRIL, and others. 

 

See also https://www.cloudyni...ixel-processor/

and https://www.cloudyni...vs-astro-pixel/

and https://www.cloudyni...-or-pixinsight/

for some recent discussions on the general topic.


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#8 MLM

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Posted 26 October 2021 - 07:28 AM

If you are looking for non-PS/LR software, there are a number of alternatives to Pixinsight.  My favorite is StarTools, but there's also Astro Pixel Processor, SIRIL, and others. 

 

See also https://www.cloudyni...ixel-processor/

and https://www.cloudyni...vs-astro-pixel/

and https://www.cloudyni...-or-pixinsight/

for some recent discussions on the general topic.

This is really helpful. I'd not heard about StarTools before. It looks really interesting.


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#9 Topographic

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Posted 27 October 2021 - 10:10 AM

Startools is easy to get good results but it takes a while to get to grips with the subtleties, probably not nearly as long as PI.




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