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Whats the Best, Free Picture Editing Program?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by ferrija1, Jun 2, 2006.

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  1. ferrija1

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    Whats the Best, Free Picture Editing Program?
     
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    Gimp for Windows – far and away the best. It also has a steep learning curve.

    Photo Plus 6 is a decent image editor: http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/ It is an older version they are giving away. It is at least a real image editor with levels, clone etc and not an organizer/viewer like Irfanview and Picasa that some people mistakenly represent as image editors. I use Irfanview as often as Photoshop and would probably use Picasa as often if I had started with that. But neither are any good for true image editing.

    I recently saw the latest version of Paint Shop Pro on Ebay for less than $30 for a “buy now”. If you are considering going to all the trouble to learn Gimp I would suggest you spring for the thirty bucks and get a program you can find more tutorials and help for. It is also easier to use.

    If you just want to mess around and not get seriously involved get the Serif free program. You also can’t go wrong with Irfanview and Picasa, but don’t expect to be able to cut yourself out of an image and put yourself in a Mars scene. They just do simple alterations along with great organization and fast viewing.
     
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    Little Buddy, I think you should do something about you public profile... you have to be at least 13 to be a member... :p
     
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    oh... (damn it!) I'll change that.
     
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    there we go, that never happened...
     
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    Reading your posts ... I'd never guessed you were only 1010 years old ... can you read binary ?

    Those are probably the Illegal "cracked" Versions of Photoshop.
    Photoshop Elements 4.0 is probably all that a hobbyist (non-Professional) would need.
    It has all the important tools found in CS2 ... at ~1/10th the Legal price.
     
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    The Photoshop Ebay links are obviously cracks. Even if you aren’t concerned about legality they can be a lot of trouble. And no support.

    Paint Shop Pro is a better program overall than Elements IMO. Adobe had to hobble Elements to keep people buying the full Photoshop, but PSP is as good as Jasc could make it. PSP also has some limited vector image capability which even the full Photoshop won’t handle – Adobe wants you to buy Illustrator. PSP will likely deteriorate now that Corel owns it, but PSP X was designed by Jasc before Corel bought it.

    If you move up to Photoshop the transition is a little easier from Elements. And you can follow many Photoshop online tutorials.

    This looks like the full retail box but there is no “buy now” price and the bids will likely go up over $40 http://cgi.ebay.com/COREL-PAINTSHOP...7QQihZ015QQcategoryZ41878QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem They have had the CD only version several times with a buy now price under $30. It is the full program released by Corel made to sell with computers and equipment.
     
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    One thing you might tell everyone is...

    Are you serious about "picture editing" or are you just going to diddle around... ie: adding word balloons, etc.

    my guess is that you are going to diddle, otherwize you would be willing to spend a couple of bucks on something like Elements

    correct me if I'm wrong

    buck
     
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    I'm serious about picture editing
     
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    like Photoshop
     
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    that stupiud cms4694
     
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    is there any other way to tell if it is cracked (besides super low price) without buying it
     
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    There is a link on the right to ask the seller a question. Ask him whether it is an actual Adobe CD.

    It could possibly be an OEM “CD only” without the full retail box. The only downside to that is the software maker often leaves support to the equipment manufacturer that the software is made to go with. I prefer the manual on the CD anyway.

    Some people have problems with the legality of an OEM CD. As far as I’m concerned it is up to Adobe to police their distribution.
     
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