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mykpart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:17 AM
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Are there any inexpensive Photoshop-like programs?
I wanna do silly pictures too! But I'm cheap!
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:19 AM
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1. There's the GIMP (don't laugh)
It's free, so that's good. It's quite capable, but it's notoriously tough to get to grips with. Could be worth a look though; I use it myself. http://www.gimp.org/
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Omphaloskepsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:35 AM
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2. a few..
I assume you use Windows.
The Gimp with some photoshop flare. (free)
http://plasticbugs.com/?page_id=294 -- A Windows link is on that page.
A fantastic free program: -- made by students for a class project... Amazingly good and free.
http://www.getpaint.net/index.html --
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:39 AM
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3. GIMP.
It's a pain in the ass to learn, but it's free and good.
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Madrone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:01 AM
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4. I'll 3rd GIMP.
As for PITA to learn ---- and PhotoShop ISN'T? ;)
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:11 PM
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22. Good point..
... but really, PS makes a lot of stuff really easy to do, once you learn the little tricks.

Gimp, not so much. But it is a great program.
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radwriter0555 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:15 AM
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5. Picasa by google is FREE and awesome.. it is just a fantastic program
that works great, is really user friendly and takes up very little space.
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:11 PM
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10. Thanks!
Sounds interesting.
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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:28 AM
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6. Another vote for The GIMP n/t
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:36 AM
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7. Photoshop Elements
It's quite affordable and does just about anything you need to do.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:12 PM
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11. Yeah I think the only diff between Elements and Standard are the plugins
Right?
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Chiyo-chichi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:17 PM
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15. Photoshop Elements is very good.
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 03:18 PM by soonerhoosier
I second that.
These were done with PS Elements: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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El Fuego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:10 AM
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8. Corel Paint Shop Pro
I bought it on Amazon for $49.95. It's a great program, supposed to do anything Photoshop does and is much cheaper. I LOVE it.



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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:09 PM
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9. I have Corel Paint Shop Pro X
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 01:10 PM by Blue_In_AK
and it's great, at a fraction of the cost of PhotoShop. I think we paid about a hundred bucks for it, but you might find it cheaper. This version is much more user friendly than early versions of Paint Shop, at least for this newbie to photography.
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:02 PM
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12. A free one that works fine on older machines -- Pixia
http://park18.wakwak.com/~pixia

It's weirdly Japanese sometimes, but it'll run without problems on a Windows 98 machine.

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Courtesy Flush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:04 PM
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13. A few free ones
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 04:48 PM
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18. bookmarking, for referencing later
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:14 PM
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14. I have one that nice.
I like to use Pro Photo by Printshop, has some really nice features and cost about $50.
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hyphenate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:50 PM
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16. Depends what you call "cheap"
Paint Shop Pro is great and a lot of people use it. It can use almost every single filter and special effect that Photoshop uses as well. It's $80 at most stores--I saw it at Best Buy.
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chrisau214 Donating Member (205 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 04:46 PM
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17. Yet Another GIMP Vote
It's about as close to Photoshop as you can get and it's FREE!!! It does have a steep learning curve but so does Photoshop. That steep learning curve involves completely mastering the program. It's pretty simple with both to simply start messing around and creating new things.





Chris
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:03 PM
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19. GIMP is free, but Nova PhotoImpact 10 looks and feels similar to photoshop
and is $90 before rebate. Worth the price; GIMP is rather tedious to use and whose user interface is unrefined.

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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:04 PM
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20. MS Paint
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:05 PM
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21. another GIMPer here
:D
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