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Graphics Program

Postby Brismom » Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:25 am

I want to add more graphics to my website.

I am looking for a program that is easy to use for someone that does not know a lot about creating or editing graphics.

Also this needs to be fairly inexpensive or even free.

I downloaded the gimp program and I have no idea how to use it.



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Postby terrapin719 » Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:35 am

I would normally recommend GIMP in this situation. But, you mentioned you already have that.

The program doesn't come with a lot of direction, so getting started is a bit rough. Don't give up on it though, there are a lot of free tutorials out there.

http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/ are on the actual GIMP site. There are tutorials elsewhere on the web as well by users of the program, just search for gimp tutorials and you'll get loads of results.

Go through a few of those before you give up completely. GIMP is actually comparable to most paid graphics programs, so once you get the hang of it you're all set.

Inkscape is also free http://www.inkscape.org/ but I think you'll find the same problem, there's a bit of a learning curve to them all.
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Postby lisamariemary » Wed Jun 10, 2009 1:37 pm

I have to admit I gave up on Gimp myself - I totally didn't get it. I have always heard, though - that it's comparable to the paid (expensive) programs and that it's really great.

So no diss on Gimp - just a big 'ol diss on ME! ha!
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Postby tknoppe » Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:05 pm

Honestly, I use Paint Shop Pro mostly (currently version is X2). I have Photoshop, and use that for a very few things, I also have Illustrator, but Paint Shop Pro is my favorite, what I'm used to and is least expensive of all. You can get Paint Shop Pro X2 for $72.49 at Amazon.
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Postby Oregon Coast Guy » Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:04 pm

PhotoFiltre is a great option that's both free and powerful

http://photofiltre.free.fr/frames_en.htm
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Postby terrapin719 » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:47 pm

Paint,net is also free and from what I've heard easy to use.... you can grab a copy of that one at http://getpaint.net
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Postby lisamariemary » Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:05 pm

Ooh, a bunch of great options here - awesome!!
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Postby Bina Omar » Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:13 pm

I think Gimp is a bit full on if you want to just do some minor graphics work. When I'm in a hurry I use Photoshop Elements. (But I'm afraid it is in the hundred dollar zone).

What sort of graphics were you thinking of adding? Have you thought of just buying it from places like iStockphoto.com?

And what sort of editing are you planning on? Would an online editor like http://www.picnik.com/ do?
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Postby Oregon Coast Guy » Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:14 pm

My all-time favorite so far for photo manipulation has to be Picnik (http://www.picnik.com). This is a real gem!

The basic online service is free, but I had no problem shelling out $25 PER YEAR for the premium stuff.

I've turned out some really nice photos using it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/82366053@N00/show/

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Postby Brismom » Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:05 pm

Thanks so much for all of the help!

I am looking to create custom graphics like for sales, and promotions, featured items, stuff like that.

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Postby lisamariemary » Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:19 am

Cool - I hope you've found something in this thread that can help you do that! If you're still needing help - let us know!!
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