Photoshop needs better image enhancement tools

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I use and appreciate PS CC very much.  But when I want to improve an image, I normally use other tools. 

Google Photos's "Pop" tool is awesome.  I often wait until my photos show up in Google Photos to allow me to use "Pop".  "Pop" creates depth, clarity, sharpness.  With it and "Color" and "Light" that's often all I need.
ACDSee's 9 enhancement tools are also very good.  I particularly like it's ability to increase/decrease one specific color.  It's "Auto Levels" is good. "Light EQ" works well.

Obviously, Photoshop is much better in many areas, but IMHO it really needs a major overhaul in its image enhancement area.   Not a few fixes, but a complete overhaul.

(While you're at it, please give us more shapes.  I often take a PS'd image into PowerPoint so that I can have much better shapes.)

Thank you.

Clark
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Dean Wilhite

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I hear Corel draw is good for enhancing images.
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Clark

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Thanks... But I already have several image enhancement tools. I don't like switching back and forth between apps. I just that Adobe would put that current technology into Photoshop.
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Photoshop has all of these tool and even more powerful. But there is a learning curve for it. It will give you more control and better results if you know how. On the other hand, to make things easier for users, a lot of people make PLUGIN so you can use it within photoshop to get the result you want much faster and still retain good control.
You should check out Goolge Nik plugin. It's free (used to be $150, Google just offers it for free like a  month ago) and it's really wonderful. You can work with it within PS. It may offer all effects that you're looking for.
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i CANNOT Stop photoshop messages; 
i'm flooded with them!  can't seem to find out how to turn it off HELP!!! 
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How do I "UNFOLLOW?"
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Son Nguyen

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Top right corner, see 2 box: VOTE and UNFOLLOW.
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Chris Cox

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Photoshop already has all of those.
It sounds like you need to spend a bit of time getting to know the tools and adjustments already in Photoshop.
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Well, I figured someone would say that.

But I respectfully  disagree.   I believe that Photoshop may already have some/much of that capability, but it is not as clean, as intuitive.  Those tools within Photoshop have not been improved or updated, and therefore are lagging behind more powerful, more intuitive tools such as "Pop" and ACDSee's.

I have been a Photoshop user for about 10 years.   Not a pro, obviously, but good.

And I don't see anything like this Color Balance tool (from ACDSee) in Photoshop. 

Clark

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Chris Cox

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That's the Hue/Saturation adjustment.  It has been available in Photoshop for over 20 years.
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If you convert your image to a smart object and choose the camera raw filter you can have access to many more adjustment tools. I was joking about Corel draw.
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Chris Cox,

You have posted 20,200 times on this forum.  So I will quickly acknowledge that you know more about Photoshop than I do.

However when I look at Hue/Saturation in Photoshop and Color Balance in ACDSee 9, I see two different things.    "available in Photoshop for over 20 years" is of no importance, except to try to dismiss me.

And this particular tool/result was referenced only as an example for my belief that some of Photoshop would benefit from an update.

I am not trying to rally emotions against Photoshop or to trash it.   I use Photoshop nearly every day, and do appreciate it.   I do believe it needs better tools for image enhancement.  I had an email from Adobe about a week ago that asked for my suggestions for Photoshop, But I was in a time bind then, and didn't answer.  So, I thought I would do so on this forum.

I give up.  Once again, a forum's intelligentsia have beaten back the murmurings of the unruly and uneducated.   I often wonder why they actually ever answer a question, because it's obvious to us lower caste beings that they don't have time for us. 

Clark
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Dean,

I will follow-up on your suggestion to convert to a smart object.  I'm reading about it online right now.

Thanks,

Clark

PS.  What's Corel Draw ?    :-)
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I'd say to watch anything Jack Davis does that you can. Here is a video using camera raw.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9sqZUvG...
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Hue&Saturation is the same adjustment, just with the UI arranged a bit differently.

The "Pop" tool is either HDR toning or Shadow&highlight.
The "auto levels" tool is "auto levels" in Photoshop as well.
Light EQ I'm not sure about - sounds like the Equalize adjustment.


We want suggestions for improvements and new features.
But you suggested things that are already in Photoshop, well known, and have been there for a long time.
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I disagree, but what's the point?
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> I disagree, but what's the point?>

I guess the point is trying to find just what you're missing in PS, and to help you find it, if it's here. When you talk about 'clarity, depth, pop,' are you not using Camera Raw, either to start with or as a filter within PS? The features are very easy to use, and "awesome" is a word often used to describe the effect of those features.  You might prefer the HSL sliders there to Hue/Saturation—just as an example you brought up.

There's no one approach that suits every occasion, let alone every individual. I often use the ease of Camera Raw (Lightoom's Develop module), and equally often turn to highly targeted luminosity masking to control edits, or channel blends—powerful tools inside Photoshop, but not the easiest features to come to terms with. Coming to terms with an interface as multi-faceted as Photshop's is a challenge, certainly.
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Do you use Camera Raw? (either for raw files or as a filter: Filter > Camera Raw)

It might be more of what you are looking for in terms of image processing and ease of adjustments in once place.
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Thanks much for all the positive information.   I have been "playing" with Camera Raw the last hour and do see many good features within there.  

And also about Smart Objects.

Appreciate those comments, and for the NIK plug-in.  I've also downloaded and installed that.

Clark
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> and for the NIK plug-in.  I've also downloaded and installed that.>

Nik plugins are among the very best. I suggest you to go to YouTube and search for videos on "Nik control points."  They're not what they seem on the surface, and understanding how they work, how they select the areas they control, will make all the difference. It's not difficult, just not obvious.

And as you use the free plugins, remember that some of us paid almost as much for just one of them as we paid for Photoshop—retail.<G> I hope Google allows someone to keep the suite working (or sell the rights to the technology to someone else) as our OS and versions of PS change. I'd hate to see such a brilliant collection of plugins become orphaned.

And I think you'll come to love Camera Raw. It started out ho-hum and has become a genuinely powerful, but still easy, app to use.
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I played with Camera Raw a good bit this weekend. It is a very good photo enhancement tool. Video enhancement too. Thanks for the recommendations.