A Free PhotoShop Alternative

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Hey Warriors,

We all know that Photoshop is VERY expensive and for some, it's not a financially viable option.

It certainly wasn't when I first need an image editor.

So, I thought I'd share with you the program I use which, in my opinion, works a treat. It does everything I've ever wanted it to.

It's called GIMP. Check It Out Here.

Totally Free.

Enjoy!
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  • Profile picture of the author cypherslock
    Take a look at GimpShop. Does everything Gimp does and has a photoshop UI. Another option (though less advanced) is paint.net.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Gimp is fine, but to say it's an alternative to Photoshop is a HUGE stretch.

      There is no way I can do the things I need to do with Gimp, especially the
      ecover designs using all the action scripts I have.
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      • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Gimp is fine, but to say it's an alternative to Photoshop is a HUGE stretch.

        There is no way I can do the things I need to do with Gimp, especially the
        ecover designs using all the action scripts I have.
        Agreed.

        GIMP is an alternative, but not a high quality one.

        Photoshop has carved a nice so sharply that nothing will be able to really replace it in terms of functionality and user experience, output, end product, etc...

        It really does set the benchmark.

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        • Profile picture of the author Kevin Koop
          I agree with Steve and Jay but understand that many can't afford Photoshop. However, I think a lot of people overlook Photoshop Elements (which is basically the "lite" version of Photoshop).

          Personally, I use the full version of Photoshop but Photoshop Elements is relatively inexpensive (you can get either version 7 or 8 on eBay (new) for about $40-$50).

          If that's still too much, you might look at Pixlr.com. It's not perfect but for simple image manipulation, it works pretty well. You'll find Pixlr.com here: Photo editor online - Pixlr.com edit image
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          • Profile picture of the author Ivan Wong
            Pixlr is great for quick touchups!

            Use the "Express" version for quick 1-click effects like convert to black and white etc.

            Originally Posted by Kevin Koop View Post

            I agree with Steve and Jay but understand that many can't afford Photoshop. However, I think a lot of people overlook Photoshop Elements (which is basically the "lite" version of Photoshop).

            Personally, I use the full version of Photoshop but Photoshop Elements is relatively inexpensive (you can get either version 7 or 8 on eBay (new) for about $40-$50).

            If that's still too much, you might look at Pixlr.com. It's not perfect but for simple image manipulation, it works pretty well. You'll find Pixlr.com here: Photo editor online - Pixlr.com edit image
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          • Profile picture of the author gabbydeb
            Hello Kevin,

            I was so glad to see this topic and that you had mentioned Photoshop Elements, because I have been looking at this product on eBay and was wondering what it actually does. Right now I am using the trial version of the latest photoshop but of course cannot buy it at this time because like you said the price is quite steep for many of us.

            So photoshop elements does graphics creation and editing? You see I am using the 1ClickCovers program and it uses the action scripts and so on to make creating ebook graphics, membership card graphics, cd cover graphics and so on. I am interested in elements but wanted to be sure that I could use it with 1clickcovers.com

            Any input you could give would be greatly appreciated.




            Originally Posted by Kevin Koop View Post

            I agree with Steve and Jay but understand that many can't afford Photoshop. However, I think a lot of people overlook Photoshop Elements (which is basically the "lite" version of Photoshop).

            Personally, I use the full version of Photoshop but Photoshop Elements is relatively inexpensive (you can get either version 7 or 8 on eBay (new) for about $40-$50).

            If that's still too much, you might look at Pixlr.com. It's not perfect but for simple image manipulation, it works pretty well. You'll find Pixlr.com here: Photo editor online - Pixlr.com edit image
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            • Profile picture of the author theimdude
              Originally Posted by gabbydeb View Post

              Hello Kevin,

              I was so glad to see this topic and that you had mentioned Photoshop Elements, because I have been looking at this product on eBay and was wondering what it actually does. Right now I am using the trial version of the latest photoshop but of course cannot buy it at this time because like you said the price is quite steep for many of us.

              So photoshop elements does graphics creation and editing? You see I am using the 1ClickCovers program and it uses the action scripts and so on to make creating ebook graphics, membership card graphics, cd cover graphics and so on. I am interested in elements but wanted to be sure that I could use it with 1clickcovers.com

              Any input you could give would be greatly appreciated.
              Elements can't use actions scripts to do ecovers - you would have to use CS3/4/5 not even photo shop 7 will do
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  • Profile picture of the author ShaneRQR
    Photoshop is the awesomeness, for sure. But you've got to give the people behind GIMP credit for doing a damn good job as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      Originally Posted by ShaneRQR View Post

      Photoshop is the awesomeness, for sure. But you've got to give the people behind GIMP credit for doing a damn good job as well.
      Damn straight!

      Yes, this is very true.

      I didn't mean to discredit the OP in my post.

      GIMP is a great tool and can do plenty for those who use it.

      Peace

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  • Profile picture of the author omega_one
    Gimp works fine for what it is, photoshop is a full photo editing software with many functions that are simply not available in Gimp. I automate most of my work on PS using scripts and actions, you just cannot do that on Gimp. Photoshop is expensive, if all you need to do is simple photo editing, then you shouldn't invest in photoshop.
    For what I do, it's worth every penny.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    I don't think Photoshop actions work on GIMP.
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Crim
    The closest thing I have seen to a PS alternative is Paint.net. The plugins and 3rd party software available for it makes it able to do most things PS can do and in some cases a little easier, other things harder or not exactly the same but close enough.

    Also depends on what version of PS you are comparing also.

    But compared to Gimp, Paint.net is like frontpage was to webpages, a whole lot easier. Not sure of the current development of GimpShop but when I used it on Windows XP it worked well. Hopefully the development continued and it also works for Windows 7 32 AND 64 bit versions.

    Paint.net is 64 bit compatible as well.

    Paint.NET - Free Software for Digital Photo Editing

    There are some plugins that I can't do without when I do my own graphics, though I have someone working with me now that handles all that for me.

    FYI: My graphic design tools include Fireworks CS3, PS CS3, Paint.net and various 3rd party tools specific to things like ebook covers etc...
    I mainly use 2 tools, Fireworks CS3 and Paint.net.


    - T
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    I got PhotoShop elements bundled with a BAMBOO pen tablet for
    about $60 as I recall. So, if you want that software you might
    look at drawing tablets it comes with.

    I mostly use Paint.net because it's fast and can do a lot. It
    doesn't do e-cover rendering, and in general the PS action
    scripts make nice e-covers, but there are plenty of other
    programs out there that render ecovers too.
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    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by Loren Woirhaye View Post

      It doesn't do e-cover rendering
      I do okay with it...

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      • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
        Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

        I do okay with it...

        Well, there are some workarounds like you've come up with, but
        if there's a point-and-click way to make ecovers easily with
        Paint.net I don't know what it is.

        I've invented a couple of workarounds myself as experiments. There's
        a 3-d modeling plugin for Paint.net written in Japanese that can
        do boxes and spheres and stuff, but it's a far cry from intuitive to
        use.

        I don't know how foreshorten an image in Paint.net as you've done
        here, Caleb, but if it's do-able I'm curious to know how.
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  • Profile picture of the author txconx
    I tried GIMP and GIMPShop and had to give in and buy updated Photoshop for my new Windows 7 computer. I just can't do what I need to do with anything else.

    Sometimes you just have to make the investment because it makes your life easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author sparky.ebiz
    I have to playing around with a copy of Photoshop Elements 7 that I got on ebay for $17.50 (free shipping). I've downloaded several of the 3D ecover action scripts for Photoshop that are out there for free. Most of these actions run fine in PSE7. I ran the same actions in CS4 and cannot tell the difference! Wow, I really got a cheap thrill seeing SAME results from a $20 program as compared to a $600 one! It took me a while to sort it out because the method that everyone teaches (including Adobe) doesn't work too well. I figured a alternative technique that is much better - I think that I might be on to something here. Maybe this could be a possible "how-to" ebook with video tutorials - if anyone is interested!?

    Sparky
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  • Profile picture of the author BrainCopy
    Yes, I have many friends that use that software since they cant
    afford photoshop. I personally cannot LIVE with out photoshop.
    I currently own CS4, and thinking about getting the new CS5 but not sure.

    Best Regards,
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  • Profile picture of the author cypherslock
    How'd you do that in Paint.net? Inquiring minds would love to know...
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  • Profile picture of the author jitterbug978
    I've tried to like Gimp... But I'm a guy who has grown up with photoshop. Im sure if I made myself relearn everything it could do many things that Photoshop does, but I've always been incredibly happy with the ease of use and pure functionality that photoshop provides. Enough to where I would happily pay for it. There is also plenty of support for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clark056
    I like Paint.net, which at last blush was free.
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  • Profile picture of the author sparky.ebiz
    OK, here's a 3D ecover created in Photoshop Elements. It was just a couple clicks to run a PS action script and a few seconds later my 2D ecover was rendered 3D!!!


    I used a free photoshop action script "paperback 1". I found this link from a fellow warrior in another WF thread->
    http://www.ecover-templates.com/2008...h-picture.html

    So, the nice thing about PSE is being able to use most (but not all) the Photoshop action scripts online. Also, unlike Gimp or Paint.Net the menu commands (and most keyboard shortcuts) you will learn in photoshop elements can be carried over to PSE's big brother Photoshop when you upgrade.

    Sparky
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    If I didn't have the money for Photoshop I would use this:

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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by jhonwright56 View Post

      I am not sure whether you guys are aware of it or not. Yet, I came across few posts that address the subject and thought to share it.

      10 Best Free Photoshop Alternatives
      I'd imagine in the 7 years that have passed since that post, most are aware of the alternatives. If not, Google is still your friend. Just sayin' . . . . . .
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    This thread is almost 8 years old and there are better alternatives nowadays. None of the alternatives can do everything PS does.

    In addition, Adobe Photoshop is now sold as a monthly service and anyone can use it right off the bat for about $10 which is a small fraction of what it used to cost when the software was an outright purchase ($700).

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  • Profile picture of the author Alex July
    For photo editing purposes I often use this completely free tool that works pretty good - https://pixlr.com/editor/
    Yes, the thread is 8 years old, but the question might be still relevant to someone.
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  • Profile picture of the author oppyeaunome
    Gimp is good in my opinion, but honestly I don't think that there is anything that could beat photoshop. Gimp is good though if you cannot afford photoshop. The other thing is that Photoshop is not available in certain locations and this might be the reason that some people not be able to get the program.
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    • Profile picture of the author gianbizz
      Gimp often described as a possible Photoshop killer, but it really is not
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    For lighter duty stuff, other than GiMP, I use Paint.net.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    might be still relevant to someone
    ...relevant to the spammer who bumps it - because other members pile on without looking at the dates and it 'hides' the spammer's post...he hopes.
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