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Joined: Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:38 pm
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At the moment I'm using Picasa for my pics, but I just really don't like it.
What picture editing software you all use?
I take it I'd have to pay for something thats half decent rather than be able to download one for free. (I'm cheap you see )
It's only for general use though, so doesn't need to be all singing, all dancing.


Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:19 pm
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Hi Conrad I actually just use the camera software to edit resize my photos (ACDSee) I also have photoshop that is all singing and dancing but my daughter (graphic designer) has to come over now and again to tell me what all the buttons do. :lol:


Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:57 pm
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Hey Kev,
The trouble is the camera software was even worse :roll: .


Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:55 pm
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The best free photo editing software on the market according to many people is GIMP, an open source programme:

You can get it here: http://graphicssoft.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=graphicssoft&cdn=compute&tm=3&gps=99_218_1436_698&f=00&su=p284.8.150.ip_&tt=3&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.gimp.org/windows/

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Sat Nov 17, 2007 6:21 am
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Thanks Garry, I'll check it out.


Sat Nov 17, 2007 8:23 am
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I have been using GIMP to create and edit the transparent gifs for the top banner. Because it is non-commercial, written by enthusiasts, it has its own character, and you get the feeling it is well thought out and written.

If you happened to witness the brief era of rainbow-flashing multicoloured PM popups, that was also done in GIMP.

Peter


Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:15 am
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Yesterday I bought Adobe Photoshop Elements 6, for Aus $129 (=UK £56).

It is significantly better than Elements 4, although it would be nice if the way to do some things were a little more direct. I like its charcoal background, like this board. The sharpening algorithm seems a lot better than V4 and earlier, which was poor.

Possibilities for fancy text effects, and buttonising and framing images are much expanded and improved on V4.

I may well still use the freebie Hewlett Packard "PhotoSmart Premier" that came with my previous digital camera, for re-sizing and re-touching photos for web posting, because its simple and quick compared to PhotoShop Elements.

At the same time I also bought Serif PhotoPlus 11 (Aus $155 = £67.40) although I haven't got round to installing it yet.

Peter.


Sun Nov 18, 2007 6:14 am
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