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What's your favorite software for photo editing, drawing, making logos, that sorta thing?

What's your favorite FREE software for the above?
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: September 4th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
From: stilldocked_too Date: September 4th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

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kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: September 4th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't heard of Inkscape, thanks for the pointer.
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: September 4th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
1) Photoshop.
2) I have no idea.
3) It won't do what I think you're asking for, but I'd be lost without ImageMagick. That's free at least.

As you can see from the other comments, many people use/like The Gimp. I've never used it, but it's probably what you want.
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kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: September 4th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
As if the Photoshop interface is intuitive...

My reading has always been that The GIMP is lacking many of PS's advanced features, and can't compete at the upper levels, but it does everything the vast majority of people need.
dragonvpm From: dragonvpm Date: September 4th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
My response to anyone who asks is that if they actually know of something that they really need then check to see if the Gimp can do it, otherwise if it's just a "I need something to edit photos with" then go with it.

Every so often I hear people complaining that the Gimp can't do something that Photoshop (or one of the add ons does) and invariably it's not something that most people would need for 99% of their work.

For instance, I don't think it can handle creating high dynamic range images (iirc Photoshop does through an add on), but I can only think of maybe a couple of people I know who even know what that is, let alone would want to create any on a regular basis.
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: September 4th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I almost entirely agree. I said The Gimp is good for the vast majority.

I kind of wonder if the current version would do what I use in PS, but since I have such an investment in PS, it would just be idle curiosity.

FWIW, I do occasionally do HDR stuff (it's not an add on in PS, but a standard feature), but I'm not a typical PS user. Then again, there's a reason PS came out with Elements.
dragonvpm From: dragonvpm Date: September 4th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, sorry, I meant that as just my general metric for how I figure out if someone would be ok using the Gimp. I agree with you that most people are fine with the Gimp, but most people also have a tendency to want to get the super-duper high end whatever instead of just going for the one that does what they need, asking them if they know of anything they need tends to help remind them of what their needs actually are.

You already have your investment in PS so you could actually go down a list of things you do regularly to compare with the Gimp and I wouldn't be surprised if it did most but not all of what you want.

Oh, ok, I thought HDR was part of elements, not a standard feature of PS. It's been years since I used PS so I'm definitely not up to speed on what comes in the box (for my needs the box is far too expensive ;). It was just something that came to mind since I was just reading about it recently. Apparently you can do a decent approximation of it in the Gimp, but for true HDR with all the color channels you need, only PS (possibly with Elements) will do the real thing.
netmouse From: netmouse Date: September 4th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think the photoshop interface is intuitive, but you can count me among the group who learned how to use Photoshop first, and then tried to figure out GIMP, got frustrated, and gave up. I still used it a little bit on one of our Linux boxes at work, to crop screen captures, but not for any real editing. For simple cropping and resizing I vastly prefer IrfanView.
mogwar From: mogwar Date: September 4th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I only do the photo editing part, none of the rest of it, but I love Irfanview and it is absolutely free. And easy for even completely unartistic me.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: September 4th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use Irfanview, and if all you're doing is cropping, rotating, and other similarly easy-peasy stuff, it works fine for that.
dragonvpm From: dragonvpm Date: September 4th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll chime in with the umpteenth Gimp recommendation ;)

One thing that's really cool about it is that it allows for scripting/plugins and those can add a lot of functionality to it.

Personally I've never written any myself (my photo-editing needs are met by the gimp and it's current selection of plugins, although I have been thinking about doing so now that I'm taking a lot more pictures) but it can be something cool and it gives you a lot of flexibility (and since you do coding as it is, you might be more inclined to fiddle with it if you find yourself doing some repetitive tasks over and over).

Basically, it's free and very powerful so I'd definitely give it a shot. Add some free fonts and you can create some surprisingly nice logos and whatnot.
atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: September 4th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to use the scripting in photoshop to make "droplets" all the time - these are essentially shortcuts you can send to other people (who have photoshop, natch) and if they drop images onto the icon, it modifies them in the way you want.

That was a huge help when we had someone in the office who needed to do some resizing, but wasn't familiar with photoshop.

Also, related to the other comments - there is a version of GIMP called GIMPshop which reconfigures the menus and such for people familiar with PS.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 5th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, please don't feel bad. I think he was just being silly... Nobody should ever have to delete their comments here! Feel free to comment anytime.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: September 4th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you are doing professional work, you need Photoshop and Illustrator (period). There is no substitute for the what you can do with those tools. I have Ulead's PhotoImpact that came with my home desktop but I prefer Photoshop which I've used professionally and I use Gimp on my Mac book Pro and I used Gimp at the City of Austin since they were cheap and stingy. For just tweaking your own photos, or creating some simple logos, you can get by with Gimp.
rook543 From: rook543 Date: September 4th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I work as a professional graphic designer, and mine are straight forward...

Drawing (vector) - Adobe Illustrator
Photo - Adobe Photoshop
Page Layout - Adobe InDesign

any logo I do usually starts in Illustrator, and I pull in photoshop as necessary.

I am always looking for something better, but right now they really are on top for what they do. Also make compatability an almost non-issue (just TRY taking a Freehand or PageMaker file to a service bureau these days. Even QuarkXpress is fading away...)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 5th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks - hey I emailed you a couple days ago, did you get it?
mrs_sweetpeach From: mrs_sweetpeach Date: September 5th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I use (and love) the Gimp. I've played a *tiny* bit with Inkscape, but seeing as I can't draw, it's not as useful to me. I still consider myself a beginner when it comes to using the Gimp, but if you want to play around with it and have someone at hand who sort of knows the program, bring your laptop and come on over.

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hoshisabi From: hoshisabi Date: September 5th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)


I used to use gimp too, but I think that for just "easier to use" Paint.NET has won me over. I'm only using free software, though, since I don't really do anything very complicated, so the free stuff is good enough for me.

bunjamin From: bunjamin Date: September 5th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
photo editing

Adobe Lightroom 2

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