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Photoshop alternative - free or otherwise?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by CBI Web, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. CBI Web

    CBI Web Well-Known Member

    Does anyone have suggestions for a free alternative to Photoshop? I'd like something that does everything PS does, or at least close as possible. I've heard of GIMPshop and of course GIMP, which is said to be what I'm looking for, but I'd like to shop around if there is anything else to compare.

  2. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    sadly there isn't !!!
    and Adobe is sitting on us like IB did few months ago :mad:

    I know expensive but ....
  3. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I use GIMP. It works great although the interface can be a little quirky.
  4. Jethro

    Jethro Well-Known Member

    Last time i looked at GIMP it didn't have layers, making it a no go as a replacement for Photoshop in my opinion.

    There's always Microsoft Paint ... we may need emergency treatment for all graphic artists on the site when they read that ;)

    Sorry can't think of a free alternative that matches PS.
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  5. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    hahaha the last thing we need is Microsoft competing with Adobe ... hmmm on a second thought maybe it's a good idea :D
  6. bambua

    bambua Well-Known Member

    I'd love that actually ;) I'd get it as part of our MSDN/Microsoft Partner plan at work rather than having to shell out for Master Suite again ;)
  7. moody

    moody Active Member


    try it, paint.net

    to be clear it's not MS Paint. You have alot of options like photoshop some are even better, I edit DDS files for silent hunter 4 and paint.net handles this way better then PS 4.

    Hope you enjoy it
  8. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

  9. kyrgyz

    kyrgyz Well-Known Member

    Would Photoshop 7 suffice, CBI Web?
  10. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    Amen to that.
    I'm digging the new expression blend. (free with MSDN) but the whole suite doesn't have anything that do what Photoshop does. At this point I'm happy with silverlight a true flash killer.

    The truth is Adobe invested heavily in photo algorithms. It's not the actual program that's amazing, it's the science and research behind its image processing algorithm. It will take Microsoft years to even come a little close.
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  11. BirdOPrey5

    BirdOPrey5 Well-Known Member

    Although it's not free Paint Shop Pro is MUCH cheaper than Photoshop and does just about everything Photoshop does.
  12. CBI Web

    CBI Web Well-Known Member

    I have PS7, and could never afford to upgrade. I recently bought a new laptop with Windows 7, and I'm reluctant to torture it with PS7 :p Before I do, however, I want to check out the alternatives. I'm about to start work on a new website (with forums powered by Xenforo :D ), so I need to install something ASAP.
  13. kyrgyz

    kyrgyz Well-Known Member

    Try Oracle VM VirtualBox. It will let you run XP on your W7 laptop. And it's free.
  14. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    Photoshop is the only way out :D but then again if you do not know how to use the new features and you are not familiar with photoshop cs4 or cs5 then stick with what you know .. PS7 works just fine under win7
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  15. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    no need.
    windows 7 runs XP mode
  16. kyrgyz

    kyrgyz Well-Known Member

    What's the hiccup then, CBI Web?
  17. glorify

    glorify Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Gimp has layers. Had to switch when I went to an iMac. Interface is tough to get used to.
  18. CBI Web

    CBI Web Well-Known Member

    Mostly wanted to stay away from older software, and can't afford the latest Photoshop. :)

    Thanks everyone. From what Blandt says I'll go ahead and install PS7 on my Win7 machine. But first I'm going to install GIMP and Paint anyway, just to see what they're about; my curiosity has been peaked. :D And kyrgyz, thanks for the heads up regarding Oracle VM VirtualBox. It may come in handy someday!
  19. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    It's a well known fact that the average user of photoshop will never use 90% of the features of photoshop. Id say use what your comfortable with and if that is a free alternative all the more better, Id suggest giving inkscape a try, embraced by many who have used illustrater and a great free alternative. You can see and download here >> Inkscape.org
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  20. CBI Web

    CBI Web Well-Known Member

    Another interesting suggestion, Shelley. Thanks.

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