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galadrium Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 12:50 PM
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Best graphics program
I am in the process of trying to make my website look better by adding some graphics. Which is the best graphical software to use. I know a lot of people use photoshop. What are some of the best ones in terms of ease of use?
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 12:56 PM
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1. It depends on what kind of graphics you're going to do
Photoshop is excelloent, but Adobe Illustrator is good too.
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elfwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 12:59 PM
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2. I vote Photoshop...
It has a great save for web feature that compresses your image files to a reasonable size.
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galadrium Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:01 PM
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3. Which one is the easiest to use, i don't have a lot of experience...
with graphics programs. Right now, I am using MS Paint...lol
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elfwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:19 PM
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4. Photoshop is pretty easy to use....
There are several good books on PS basics.
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galadrium Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:22 PM
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5. Thanks... I guess I'll give it a shot
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elfwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:33 PM
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7. if you need a copy of it PM me
I can tell you several good resources.
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:25 PM
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6. Paintshop Pro is a good alternative
I've used it for years. I find Photoshop is overkill for what I do. Paintshop Pro has all the features but is lower cost and easier to learn. At least for me.

If you need to do professional layouts for print media then stick with Photoshop. If you just need a good tool for web graphics go with Paintshop Pro.
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Servo300 Donating Member (653 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:01 PM
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8. Second that.
Paint Shop is feature-laden and reasonably priced. Comes with a transparency-creating wizard, and a companion program called "Animation Shop" for making animated GIF's.

More information here: http://www.jasc.com

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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:10 PM
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9. macromedia fireworks is the best all around imho..
you can build entire web sites, and export the code. It's really fun and intuitive. I use it for everything ranging from web site design to painting the cars and trucks I race online.

No slight against Photoshop, because anyone who has used it knows it is simply the most powerful graphic editing app in its class, but I feel you get more bang for your buck with Fireworks.
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felonious thunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:12 PM
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10. Fireworks is easier and cheaper than Photoshop
Although I prefer Photoshop, I think Fireworks is easier to use, and for most people can accomplish pretty much anything you need it to.
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