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A Free Graphic Design Program That Could Equal Photoshop?
Posted 22 March 2006 - 03:23 AM
Still, i have to look towards the future. I've went to the Adobe website and in no way am i going to pay 600 bucks for one program that i use once every week. At the moment I'm using the trial version of the latest Adobe Photoshop but it's expiring in 22 days and i wouldn't want to wait till then to sulk and feel bad for myself again.
So I'm wondering if anyone has any recommentdations of another free or low-cost (up to $100) graphics program that could equal the Photoshop in features and having a similar layout because i find it hard to adjust to another totally different program from any one I'm used to.
At the moment, after searching around Astahost and Google, i'm looking at GIMP, Paintshop, and Macromedia Fireworks (though I've worked with this before and it really doesn't suit my expectations - will only use for a last resort).
I would appreciate any comments given that could help me out with this enigma i have right now.
Posted 22 March 2006 - 05:31 AM
If what you really want is free I'd go with GIMP. It's a versatile little program that's really as good as Photoshop—sometimes it's even better! I use it myself, usually in tandem with another graphics software like Photoshop. Once you learn to use it, especially after browsing through the wide array of tutorials and guides on GIMPguru.org, you'll may find that it's perfect graphics software for you.
If in case you want more choices, then here's a list of some of the more popular graphics software available, both freeware and commercial. Take your pick. =^^=
Raster graphics software
- Adobe Photoshop (commercial) (recommended)
- Paint Shop Pro (commercial)
- Paint.Net (freeware)
- PhotoPlus (freeware)
- GIMP (freeware) (recommended)
- Adobe Illustrator (commercial) (recommended)
- CorelDRAW (commercial)
- Macromedia Fireworks (commercial)
- Macromedia Freehand MX (commercial)
- Inkscape (freeware)
- DrawPlus (freeware)
- Adobe ImageReady (commercial) (recommended) notes: bundled with Adobe Photoshop
- Animation Shop (commercial)
- GIMP Animation Package (freeware) (recommended) notes: a plugin for GIMP
Posted 22 March 2006 - 09:40 AM
Posted 22 March 2006 - 02:00 PM
I admit that, for some reason or another, I think its learning-slope is a tad steep, but not too much. You'll certainly know what each tool does, but it might take some time to get the hang ot where everything is... not too much time, though. Just give its Help section a once-over, and use it whenever you're stuck at something. It's not perfect, but it's accessible and understandable.
I hope that might help. Good luck!
Posted 22 March 2006 - 02:08 PM
Regardless it is free so give it a try! Hopefully you'll love it. I know I still use it whenever I'm in linux and it serves my purposes easily.
Posted 22 March 2006 - 08:56 PM
So far well, i can tell that GIMP beats all? I guess well, I'll try out GIMP and see if it works out. It seems that no one has mentioned another program besides what I've listed so I'm keeping in mind the fact that the best are only these few.
Thanks again for all your help. I'll start working with GIMP from now on and if i run into any problems or some missing features that GIMP doesn't have compared to Photoshop, I'll ask you guys how to bypass that and still get the same result as Photoshop's "shortcut" filters .
Posted 23 March 2006 - 06:33 AM
For real professional graphics, I would suggest you put in the effort to try to get hold of a copy of Photoshop from a friend or someone who has purchased it rather than try to learn to use the GIMP.
Dont' get me wrong. I've used GIMP quite a bit and GIMP is really cool, but it just isn't photoshop.
Posted 23 March 2006 - 07:46 PM
Posted 24 March 2006 - 06:16 AM
I have a licensed version of CS and my luck, it was a present. So, I guess it is a licensed version, but I don't know now. Cause the crack was included to the cd itself. And plus I've read in the instructions that i should use a crack to activate it, there's no activation code.
Though I don't know if it's right to recommend to use a crack...
Posted 24 March 2006 - 09:15 AM
Fireworks is now owned by Adobe and it will either be bundled as a lightwieght web graphics editor with Dreamweaver or just killed to stop a competing product with Photoshop.
That being said, Photoshop is gold to me, but I use it on an ongoing basis professionally, and I don't have to pay for it.
Posted 24 March 2006 - 09:40 AM
What, you mean you just skipped over my list? =^^=
It seems that no one has mentioned another program besides what I've listed so I'm keeping in mind the fact that the best are only these few.
Of course, it's true that the three you've mentioned are the best of the lot. GIMP, as you've noted, isn't exactly like Photoshop. It has a steeper learning curve, for one thing, and fewer filters, but you can achieve practically the same results with GIMP that you could with Photoshop. All it takes is just a little more work.
I've always found it best to use several similar programs when it comes to developing something. My graphics, for instance, usually requires that I use 3 different programs: Photoshop, GIMP, and Illustrator. Each program has it's own feature that adds a little something to the project and makes for a great end result. If you want to go completely freeware, then there's no reason you couldn't have GIMP, PhotoPlus, and Paint.Net (the top 3 freeware image editors) installed on the same machine.
If you want to mix in some cheap but good quality commercial image editors, then there's no reason not to go with Corel Paint Shop Pro. I know, I know, I'm contradicting my first post. I admit I'm rather biased against the program, but I've heard some very reputable reviews that Paint Shop Pro X has come a long way from its predecessors. According to the reviews, it's now much closer to Photoshop (the industry standard) in terms of quality, but is much, much cheaper. Get that and GIMP, and it'll almost be as if you have Photoshop. Well, almost. =^^=
Posted 24 March 2006 - 05:09 PM
Posted 13 May 2006 - 09:19 PM
Posted 14 May 2006 - 04:48 AM
To my knowledge theres no free program that can really be comparable to Photoshop. What I would recommend you do is have a look at Photoshop Elements ( < $100 on Amazon.com.) Its like a lite version of Photoshop more or less. Anyway read up about it since I dont really know the full details. Other than that I would have a look at Macromedia Fireworks and Paintshop Pro. Hope this helped
Edited by Celt, 14 May 2006 - 04:49 AM.
Posted 24 May 2006 - 05:22 PM
though if you CAN afford it, i would recommend it. Here's another idea: keep using the trial version, and just go through the registry every month and change the date so that it thinks you're only on the first day of your trial. I don't think THAT is illegal, is it? Maybe a gray area, but not banned.
Posted 25 May 2006 - 02:16 AM
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