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"Photoshop" type program recommendation for Mac OS

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  1. soonergirl99

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    I need to purchase a "Photoshop" type program for my Mac Mini desktop O.S. 10.6.3. My husband and I are starting a new business and I need a program to use to create our company literature/brochures. I've never used any type of program like this before but I'm a fast learner. Does anyone have any recommendations for this type of program?

    Thanks!

    Gina in Texas
     
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    I'm attempting to do some research on this subject and can't find the info I'm looking for. How does Paint Shop compare to Photoshop? One review of Photoshop Elements for Mac I read on Amazon said:

    "Elements 8 cannot do kerning or text spacing. There are minimal effects you can do by work-arounds,,,but very poor results.
    Considering all the work I could do with the old Paint Shop Pro 7 - which included kerning, text sizing/spacing ,,,this is a real shame.
    Elements 8 for Mac is basically a bag of amateur tricks and nothing very serious."

    I'm new to this so I'm not sure what kerning is or what it does. Thoughts and/or comments about this review would be appreciated.
     
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    Kerning http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerning

    Photoshop Elements "PSE" is a cut down version of photoshop aimed at the photographic market, I have use a very old version called LE and also have PSE version 6, I tend to use the PSE version on my laptop, rather than Photoshop now.
    I know a large number of people who use PSE but for photography as its much much cheaper that Photoshop and will do most of what a photographer needs


    Paint Shop Pro I have also used, But not since corel took over http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/us/en/Product/1184951547051#tabview=tab0

    I think the problem you will run into is - Photoshop is the industry standard, and if you need all the functionality that photoshop provides why not buy - photoshop -
    IF you are trying to reduce cost, then there will be things in cutdown or different versions that you cannot do -

    Not sure about Gimp, again I have only used for photography
     
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    Pixelmator - www.pixelmator.com

    Should have the functionality for what you listed and very easy to use.
     
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