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Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by larryh10000, Nov 16, 2018.

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  1. larryh10000

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    There are only 2 things I need to do when editing my photos and they are: resize the photo and make the background transparent - that's it, I wouldn't need any other features. Sense I am on Social Security only money is a big issue for me. Photoshop is what I would really like but just can't afford it and also true for Paint-Shop-Pro. Any suggestions?
     
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    Gimp. As powerful as photoshop (more or less) and free.
     
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    Thanks Valis and Cornemuse - I have watched a few YouTub tutorials on Gimp and it looks great and plenty powerful for what I'm doing. I'm going to take a look at PaintDotNet as well. I'll probably keep this post up for a couple days or so to see if I get anymore suggestions - then I'll mark it as Solved.
     
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    i am quite certain Noyb will be by shortly and he REALLY knows imaging software; curious as to his input.
     
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    Great, I hope to hear his recommendations.
     
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    :D I've been watching :D
    Probably can't get better than the free Gimp ...
    But Photoshop Elements has all the tools for editing pictures as full (pay by the month) Photoshop.

    More are used to using either Photoshop - So there would be more help and files will be compatible.
    But Photoshop Elements costs about $99 (one time purchase) when not on sale.
    Transparent background will require Layers, saving as a png .... and friendly erasing tools.
    The Friendly/Easy erasing the background for transparency will be the trick.
     
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    figured you may have been. :D
     
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    I know I used Gimp to resize literally thousands of photos back in the day; it also supports macros so I would just point it at the directory where the latest batch of photos were and let it run.
     
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    IrfanView is a good free basic editor, though I really only used it to resize batches of pics at once,
    more than anything else.

    My go to over the years has been PaintShop Pro, very powerful, similar to PhotoShop in ability, but much cheaper when on sale (about half of PhotoShop Elements atm.).
    There is a learning curve, but I guess that's true with all well featured photo editors.
     
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    Great minds think alike :D

    I use Irfanview a lot for digital image editing and have had good success with PaintShop Pro7 for restoring old family photos.

    I have Gimp on a Linux computer but it doesn't seem intuitive to me and the learning curve takes more time and effort than I want to put into it.....but maybe that's just me.
     
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    Don't they though :D

    I tried Gimp but also found it a bit cumbersome...BUT if you pick a program and actually use it, over time it all becomes comfortable for ye...until the next version comes out :rolleyes:
     
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