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Post  Tom McCue on Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:58 pm

What is the best Photo Software for doing virtuals and editing and drawing on photos in your opinion ???

Thaks Tom

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Post  littleart-fx on Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:42 pm

Hello Tom.

For me photoshop you can find nice tutorials on you tube!

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Post  Kev Bailey on Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:50 pm

Photoshop is undoubtably the best, but it is expensive at $699 and I found it harder to learn than some rivals. For ease of learning and price, you can try Paintshop Photo Pro $90. Incidentally both offer a free trial for a month or two. Alternatively there are lots of completely free solutions. Take a look at Gimp, Adobe Elements and Serif Photo Plus. There are loads more, but this is a start.

Good luck.

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Post  littleart-fx on Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:54 pm

Never got the gimp to work...... Sad

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Post  Kev Bailey on Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:03 pm

All free software takes some effort to learn but that is part of its charm. It is also why it continues to get better. People get involved, contribute their help and ideas and build them up.

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Post  Tom McCue on Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:53 pm

Thanks much, gonna look into the freebees 1st.

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Post  John Quinn on Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:56 pm

I use Photoshop Elements by Adobe...lots of features and less than 100USD with a free trial available.

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Post  Tom McCue on Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:07 am

John Quinn wrote:I use Photoshop Elements by Adobe...lots of features and less than 100USD with a free trial available.

Thanks John, more in my price range.

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Post  John Quinn on Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:09 am

Tom McCue wrote:
John Quinn wrote:I use Photoshop Elements by Adobe...lots of features and less than 100USD with a free trial available.

Thanks John, more in my price range.

And a 20 dollar rebate offered at present!

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopelwin/

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:26 am

Here's a free Photoshop near clone: http://www.photofiltre.com/

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Post  FrankP999 on Fri Apr 09, 2010 3:38 am

GIMP is THE free photoshop clone http://www.gimp.org/

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:46 pm

Yeah, I have GIMP, too -- but the learning curve is a bit steep for the occasional user. The on-line documentation stinks!

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Post  littleart-fx on Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:58 pm

Hi! all.

I love the idea of free software, and are at the moment busy with joomla share ware page builder.

Question concerning gimp,....in use does it look like fotoshop in handling?
Cause that is what i know, could use an upgrade though,...and that costs!
Free is well freeeee Laughing

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Post  cloudcomputing on Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:34 am

With photo editing software, it doesn’t matter how messed up your images might be, you are going to have the tools to fix them. You don’t need to settle for lackluster pictures anymore. Anyone who picks up a photography magazine lately will soon realize there is no shortage of photo editing software available. Which is a great thing for photographers. But how do know what is the best photo editing software for you?
Free photo editing software
First we'll list a few free editors. These are useful for beginners who are just starting out in digital photography. Or those who are still building up their camera and lens collections, so may not have a lot of spare cash laying around for digital software.

Picasa
Picasa is a free photo editing program created by Google. It's useful for home users or beginners to find, edit and share their photographs online with Picasa Web Albums (free photo album hosting from Google).
With Picasa, you can eliminate scratches & blemishes, fix red-eye, and crop your images. It's also useful for creating movies, collages and slideshows from your digital photographs.
Picasa is available for both PC and MAC and be downloaded from: http://picasa.google.com/

Picnik
Picnik is a free online photo editor that allows you to crop, resize, rotate, add special effects such as text or shape overlays. Note: Picnik is the same editor that the Picasa software above implements in their program. Other social networking sites using Picnik include MySpace, Flickr, Photobucket, and Webshots.
Picnik works on Windows, MAC and Linux. No download is required and nothing to install. You can start using Picnik by going to: http://www.picnik.com/

GIMP
Gimp is a fully fledged photo editing software aimed towards those who are more technically minded. I say this because the last time I looked, there was quite a bit involved in getting the software up and running. However, don't let this put you off having a look. They have fantastic documentation to help you get started.
GIMP offers advanced photo retouching techniques such as correcting lens distortion and vignetting, cloning and healing tools. I was also impressed that it had support for drawing tablets, which is unusual for free photo editors.
GIMP supports Linux, Windows (XP, Vista), Mac OS X, FreeBSD and Sun OpenSolaris operating systems and can be downloaded from: http://www.gimp.org/

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Post  my nellie on Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:18 am

You may find this one Paint.Net useful and very user friendly, too.
There are also a lot of free plugins for this, too.
Their forum is very helpful.

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