Easy Photo Editing Using Corel AfterShot Pro 2

Disclosure: Thank you to Corel for partnering with me on this post. As always, opinions 100% mine.

I have been using Photoshop for about 10 years, and I love the program. I use it for all of my blog graphics, and any kind of graphic design. One thing I do find time consuming though is for actual photo editing. I don’t think the program is super intuitive and there’s a pretty huge learning curve I am just not over. I’ve looked into getting Lightroom but not sure if I want to pay that much.

I’ve been working on my photography a lot lately for my blog and personal life. Lately, I’ve felt like I need a program to help me enhance photos quickly. I’m trying to get the best photos I can straight out of the camera, but of course the photos need little tweaks here and there.

I’ve been testing out a photo editing program called Corel AfterShot Pro 2. I have to say I was very intrigued as this claims to be a Lightroom alternative!

Apparently this is the fastest photo management & post-processing tool available today and is five times faster than Lightroom. I have never used Lightroom but this is ages faster than my beloved Photoshop. Navigating through photos is a breeze, even on my SD card. Everything opens up nicely, saves extremely fast, and edits quickly.

AfterShot Pro 2 Screen Shot

Let’s look at some photos I edited quickly with AfterShot Pro 2. I let the girls run around outside and I snapped some photos of them just playing and having fun. I did not dress them up special (I tried to do that the previous day and it failed miserably). Getting outside with some natural light right before sunset could ensure that I got some good lighting.

 

Here’s a close up of little Caroline’s face. Girlfriend has a quite a few little bumps and a big ol’ scratch, that’s for sure. I am not one for completely modifying and warping my children’s faces. I think my children are the most beautiful girls ever! I do think that if I were trying to get some specific photos of the girls and they were a little bumped and scratched, I would want to clean the photos up, especially if I was going to print them. In addition to fixing those little spots I brightened the photo, made her eyes pop, and bumped up the contrast.

 

Corel AfterShot Pro 2 before and after

Here’s a screen shot of the heal layers. It’s so simple! I can also take stains out of shirts! Winning!

AfterShot Pro 2 Heal Layer

I didn’t do too much with this photo of Kennedy. I thought the photo turned out pretty decent, but it looked a little flat to me. I increased the contrast, vibrance, brightened her eyes (remember, she has a coloboma in her right eye so I promise I didn’t warp her pupil), took out that smudge above her lip (too many M&Ms?), and bumped up the brightness just a touch.

corel-before-and-after-k

 

All of these edits took me a very short amount of time to do. I am not really going for the overly filtered look. I am trying to keep my photos as natural as possible so I get the question “what camera do you shoot with?” instead of “what apps do you edit with?”

If you’re intrigued and want to try it out for yourself, you can download a 30 day free trial. If you end up purchasing, you can use the coupon code “SMILE” for 70% off, making it just over $30! The best part about this is it’s available for Mac, Windows, and Linux! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Easy Photo Editing - Why spend $150 on Lightroom when you can do this for a fraction of the price?

6 Comments

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    Vanessa
    December 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

    This is so helpful! I’m trying to pinpoint which program I want to use for my photot editing on the blog.

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    Nikki
    December 9, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I’m literally illiterate when it comes to photo editing, like I took a photography class in high school and don’t know how I managed to pass the class. I think I may try out this software because I am all about user friendly! Also you take gorgeous pictures, editing or not!

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    Jaclyn
    December 9, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Gahh your girls are so beautiful. I love the heal options, because baby O is constantly covered in battle wounds. 😀

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    Alycia
    December 9, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    i am going to check this out right now! I’ve tried lightroom before and I’m stupid when it comes to using it!!!

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    Shayna
    December 9, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I have Lightroom & since I definitely don’t use it to it’s full potential. I’ve never used photoshop so, it’s all foreign to me. Lol! Most of the time I try to just do quick, easy touch-ups so I end up using Pic Monkey! I want to learn Lightroom but, don’t want to pay more just to learn it but, I’m not very good at self teaching. So, if this quick & easy, stick with it!!

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    Tabitha Blue
    December 10, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    That is cool. I do use lightroom… I’d be interested to compare!

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