Whats A Good Alternitive To Photoshop

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Whats a good alternative to photoshop thats user friendly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sean Donahoe
    Gimp - GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program is your best bet for FREE. Other than that Paint Shop Pro but that costs about $99 and it is pretty darned good.

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  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    Gimp is pretty awesome, the only thing better is a pirated version of photoshop. - But don't do it
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnPark
      Photoscape has been going pretty well for me. It's a free download. I haven't gotten into the other features.
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      • Profile picture of the author Hanz
        How much is Photoshop Elements going for?
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        • Profile picture of the author lainehmann
          Originally Posted by Hanz View Post

          How much is Photoshop Elements going for?
          I think it's around $100. You can get a free 30-day trial at the Adobe website.
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    • Profile picture of the author imintern
      You can try Paint.NET - I like it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Online Bliss
    There are plenty of video tutorials for Gimp.
    After you master that find video tutorials for Photoshop
    it is well worth it.
    It's like the difference between an old Front Page html editor and
    Dreamweaver.
    Just my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author anujtenani
    Gimp is a really good alternative , besides GIMP i often use Paint.net --
    web --> getpaint.net program , it too supports layers like photoshop and is relatively user friendly than GIMP or PS
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  • Profile picture of the author highbids
    I'm going to try Paint.net & gimp thanks for all the replies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dexter007
    You can rely on GIMP. It is one of the best alternatives to Photoshop, but if you are looking forward for a great designing/editing tool, there is only Photoshop !!
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  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    Paintshop pro version 7-9 on ebay for around ten-50 bucks usually
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  • Profile picture of the author emrosenf
    Aviary -- do a google search -- is free. If you haven't seen it, it's unbelievable.
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  • Profile picture of the author bollytintin
    No one talking about Fireworks? The best bet for me so far. Used Paint Shop Pro too
    and it is quite cool but I love Playing With Fire!
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    I have photshop elements and I've used GIMP, and I have some
    other things for making letters and ebook covers, but for 90%
    of my graphics I use Paint.net - it opens fast, is easy to use
    and learn. It's reached the point where it's got some cool plugins
    and if you learn the ropes you can do very cool work with it. I'm
    not sure I would call it "mature" (as in bloated with features,
    complicated and slow to load) but it's darned useful on an
    everyday basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    Here's another one for you. This one is free and runs online. You can use it to open Photoshop files and it will keep all the layers separate for you.

    Photo editor online - Pixlr.com edit image
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    I swear by Paint Shop Pro 8. It's intuitive and takes care of everything I need to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author proaffiliate26
    Originally Posted by highbids View Post

    Whats a good alternative to photoshop thats user friendly.
    As others have suggested, GIMP is a good alternative.

    If you find it too complicated to use, try your luck with PAINT.NET.
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    • Profile picture of the author MarketWave
      I like Paint.net as well. I also found a plugin that allows it to load Photoshop files!
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        • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Morgan
          Another vote for Paint.net

          GIMP has an unusual interface, likely because it originated on Linux. Being a linux user myself and using it for years I actually prefer the Gimp interface but most every windows person I talked to hates it. It really is optimized for speed but it can be very frustrating for some, and thats why for new people I recommend paint.net.


          Here is a good list of some of freeware alternatives.

          Don't pirate Photoshop. If you can squeak by with another freeware program you should do it. If later down the road you find you need the more advanced features of Photoshop you can probably afford it by then. Pirating as a person is a bad idea, Pirating for business is a really bad idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author shaunjamie2005
    I agree with everyone about GIMP. It is awesome. I also use Xheader for making banners. It is free too.
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  • Profile picture of the author highbids
    Thanks for telling us about Xheader that's what I'm going to be
    working on some blogger headers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marc Meole
    I'm going to agree with the gimp users...I've used photoshop and fireworks...but honestly gimp is free, and has a very easy to use user interface (just takes a little getting used to...once you get used to it you will fly...
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Morgan
      Originally Posted by Marc Meole View Post

      I'm going to agree with the gimp users...I've used photoshop and fireworks...but honestly gimp is free, and has a very easy to use user interface (just takes a little getting used to...once you get used to it you will fly...
      That's been the most common complaint I've heard, that it's very hard to figure out, and it does have a learning curve associated with it. But if you can get the hang of the interface it's quite a bit faster, especially for repetitive stuff like thumbnailing.
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