View Full Version : Photoshop-any decent/cheap alternatives?

Richard Welch
11-29-2006, 07:59 PM
Hi, I'm very new to web design and need to update my website, to make it look better. I need photoshop 7+ but the cost is around 600 pounds UK. Is there any alternative software out there that does the same but is far cheaper. I would only need it for creating text, touching up photos and for creating objects like for the top and bottom of nav. bars.



11-29-2006, 08:11 PM
Fireworks 8 could do the job. Its priced at about 100 US dollars. http://www.adobe.com

The GIMP is free but its interface is a little rough but should be able to do just as much as photoshop. http://www.gimp.org

There is also PaintShopPro which is about 100 US dollars as well. Was never really a big fan of it. http://www.jasc.com

What some people do is buy like version 5 of photoshop on ebay or somewhere else then buy the upgrade which will save you about 400 US dollars.

12-01-2006, 03:28 PM
You could also try Adobe Photoshop Elements. It is basically a scaled down version of the program, and much cheaper. They may have a trial version available on their website.

12-01-2006, 03:49 PM
Paint Shop Pro was bought by Corel, and I actually like version XI a lot. $99
I didn't like GIMP, personally, but I've seen some great stuff created by people who do. $FREE
PhotoImpact is a nice one as well and used to be my favorite until I started using PPP. $90 (last I checked)

Richard Welch
12-01-2006, 05:30 PM
Hi, thanks for the advice, will probably go for photoshop 5 on ebay and get the upgrade. There seems to be a lot of versions and types, which do you use or would recommend?



12-01-2006, 06:46 PM
If your a student of any kind you can get student versions of any adobe or macromedia software for about 80% off the retail price.

The student versions are legit and completely full versions.

Just google "student software".

I got the adobe Web bundle for $535.00 when it was retailed at around $1800.00

If you read the Adobe website they do this as a service because they basically realized that if they get students to buy the product when they are young then they will most likely use Adobe for life.

Adobe CS2 goes for about $300.00 US dollars now.

All you need is proof that your a student of ANY kind, faculty member, or government personel.


Also, as aerospace stated Fireworks is great too. Even though I have Adobe CS2 I use Fireworks mostly. Its geared more towards website design anyway.

12-01-2006, 07:29 PM
+1 for Fireworks…

Richard Welch
12-04-2006, 08:06 PM
Brilliant, thanks for all the advice, all taken on board.


12-04-2006, 08:28 PM
Just be aware if you plan on selling your graphics you can't use the student versions of the programs to make them.

12-05-2006, 03:16 AM
Just be aware if you plan on selling your graphics you can't use the student versions of the programs to make them.

Really? never heard this. Interesting though. Where did you see this?

Although I am curious how they could determine what version was used to make a graphic.


12-05-2006, 03:30 AM
I don't think they can determine the version of software used (even if it is imprinted into EXIF, there are EXIF strippers out there). It's likely a honor system.

Academic versions are licensed for noncommercial use only as far as I know.

I use PS Elements 4 with a few custom "actions" (layer styles, actually)... I get layer mask functionality with one such "action". It will suffice until I can upgrade to PS CS 2.

12-05-2006, 08:19 AM
I remember reading that on the adobe website somewhere.

12-05-2006, 08:50 AM
This is confusing...

Do the Student Editions have restricted functionality?

* No, however Adobe Student Editions are for installation soley on private computers and for non-commercial purposes only.

Farther along the page, it says:

May a Student Edition also be used for commercial purposes?

* Adobe Creative Suite 2, Photoshop CS2 and Production Studio Premium Student Editions may be used for commercial purposes however Macromedia's Studio 8 Student & Teacher Edition is for non-commercial purposes only. That means that the software may not be used in a commercial environment and the content produced using it may serve no commercial purposes.

(page source: http://www.adobe.com/uk/education/students/studentedition/faq.html )

I guess PS CS2 can be used commercially, since that was the more specific condition...