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    Graphics Software (I need some)

    I need to add some graphics to my site, and I would like to make my own. Problem is I know that I wont use the software enough to get my money's worth out of the software. Is there a paint program or any such tool that can help me make graphics/logos etc... on my site for free or cheap? If so, it better be better than microsofts paint program. That thing is aweful.

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    I say Macromedia Fireworks and Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2 - very powerful. However if you don't want to pay god-knows-how-much for a PS licence, then you can get Jasc Paint Shop Pro which is a lot cheaper and has less features which would cover the needs of a user which doesn't require all the advanced features of something like Photoshop.

    The is also the Gimp - www.gimp.org which is free.

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    I kind of expected free or near free paint/graphic programs to be slim to none. I just can't get myself to pay for paintshop pro (even though it's a sweet program).

    Well, I'll get what I take.
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    Fireworks and Photoshop CS would be my suggestions they are the most used and documented graphics software.
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    I heard the GIMP was very good and a free alternative to Photoshop but I haven't tried it myself.

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    Apparently the GIMP's interface is awful, but I've never used it either.

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    as much as I pimp it (as you can see in my sig) the GIMPs GUI is appauling. its not a standard win32 gui, because it runs off a program galled GTK+ which allows easy GUI creation. aside from that, the console erors which pop up from tiem to time and some bugs with selections and filters anit-aliasing. its a freat product. and free. it's my main graphics tool for the minute, but i'm saving up for PSCS2

    otherwise for around 100$ you can get Photoshop elements which is a reduced version of photoshop but if you're not working with grpahics professionally then its got all you need
    photoshop too expensive? use the GIMP! www.gimp.org

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    Yeah I've seen the screenshots of it

    I've heard it is good, but as I say, never used it so I can't vouch for it's usefulness

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    Gimp looks horrible user interface wise but it could be ok.
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    well after all, it's free

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    Thats what you get then for free software a rubbish user interface.
    With photoshop cs and fireworks atleast you get a nice user interface
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    A lot of free software I know of have nice user friendly UI's, however as the old saying goes "you get what you pay for"

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    Exactly I prefer to "pay" for software.
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    download the free trials

    if your just getting into graphics Photoshop CS is a 60 day trial.

    and macromedia fireworks mx is about the same free trial period.

    thats the 2 top packages , which both work very similiarly.

    so u have free web graphic/photo software for afew month!

    p.s im not condoning this but u can get a crack for both of these!<fireworks easier to crack)

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    Quote Originally Posted by little_toaster
    p.s im not condoning this but u can get a crack for both of these!<fireworks easier to crack)
    Yes you can, however I'm not going to say any more on this idea of cracking graphics software as its against teh posting guidelines


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