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Photo editing software?

Discussion in 'Software' started by nugget, Dec 25, 2007.

  1. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    Anyone got an opinion on a good photo/graphics editing software preferably free?

    Picasa, paint.net etc

    Thanks in advance. :biggrin
     
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  2. hbroomhall

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    A friend of mine reckons that Picasa is great.

    Another one to look for is 'The Gimp'.

    Personaly I use an old copy of Paint Shop Pro which I bought ages ago. Much prefer the older version to the newer ones.

    Harry.
     
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  3. Bluerinse
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    I'm not keen on Picasa, i dont like the GUI and i don't like how it changes your pics on the fly without asking whether you want to save changes :blink

    The Gimp is okay but like Photoshop, it's not that intuitive and needs lots of practice.

    Paint Shop pro is really good IMHO. You can do so much more without pulling your hair out.
     
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  4. nugget
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    Thanks for the tips guys. I'm sort of looking for a free solution to put on the pc's at work. They just need some sort of basic editing though. I have my own of course but the company is tight at the moment and don't really want to spend more money. I have a few copies of photoshop elements 1.0 but not enough copeis so I would appreciate a free solution.
     
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    LOL - Ditto - well, except for the 'bought' part - I use a freebie of PSP 5 given away with PCPlus in about 2001 :biggrin

    Does exactly what it says on the tin!
     
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    I'm not so sure Gimp really has that big of a learning curve. Most of it is automated, and with the 2.4 release is pretty good. It's available for Windows too.

    I've heard good things about irfanview too. In fact, some pro photographers use it for some of their simpler tasks. I found that out on one of the photography forums I frequent.

    Why don't you let your users decide by just giving a couple of test users each a copy of Gimp or irfanview and see which they like the best? Then you can install either one or the other on all the systems after they come to a consensus on what they like. Tell them upfront that they have to come to a consensus among themselves though.
     
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  8. Mitzs
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    If they need to do some heavy duty stuff Nugg, get them gimp. It is almost as strong as photoshop, and they are always improving it. Have to say PS will always be my fav. However, gimp can give it a run for its money. I know people that have made banners and other such stuff in it. There are alot of tutorials out for it too that are free. I have some links if you are interested.
     
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  9. nugget
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    Thanks for the heads up about the gimp. I'll have a look at it later today and maybe install it on a couple of users workstations. I was always under the impression that irfanview was more of a viewer than an editor and it's also not free (at least for us).
     
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    The vast majority of those apps Cheeks, are not open source and hence not free.
     
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  12. Mr.Cheeks

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    at the top right-ish there is a drop-down menu to select from...
    oss, windows, mac... (but not all oss are for windows though...)
     
  13. BosonJosh

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    I use Paint.net. It's powerful enough for advanced photo editing, but easy enough that I don't need to spend months learning how to use it. And, paint.net is the right price (free!).
     

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