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Date: 10/16/12 8:08 AM

Hi,

Is there a less expensive alternative to Photo Shop? This is all new to me and I'm trying to decide if the cost of Photo Shop is worth it. I'm designing cards and flyers for a small animal rescue I volunteer for and it's all unfamiliar territory for me. Any input from those of you with more experience in this area would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

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Date: 10/16/12 10:24 AM

There is something called "Gimp" that is free to download.

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Date: 10/16/12 11:03 AM

Yes, GIMP is an excellent tool and it is free. It does have some limitations, but for some applications, I find it better than PS or PSP.

The is also Corel's PaintShopPro, which is less expensive than Photoshop. I personally prefer it in general, but I know that's not true for others.

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Date: 10/16/12 11:29 AM

There is Photoshop Elements. It is simpler to use than the full Photoshop and is less expensive.

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Date: 10/16/12 11:32 AM

As mentioned, GIMP is the free program closest to Photoshop. There are many tutorials on YouTube, which you will probably need. It is not a super easy-to-use program, even for someone comfortable with a computer.

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Date: 10/16/12 11:35 AM

Here is the best and most full featured app for Windows you can get to not use photoshop, and it is free, and a techie fav. You can do almost anything from basic to advanced with FastStone. It is a follow on to the old Firestone Ember that was a fav back in the 90s and whose creator passed away.

FastStone Image Viewer

For a Mac there is a wonderful program called GraphicConverter which costs about 35 now and is terrific.

GraphicConverter

AND, for a simple yet very helpful free app for Windows systems - there is also another techie fav:

IrfanView

I use 'em all.

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Date: 10/16/12 11:36 AM

Looks like there is a free trial download for Photoshop elements.
I Googled "photoshop elements".

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Date: 10/16/12 12:35 PM

Photoshop is great for manipulating photographs and I use it all the time. But if your main goal is to produce cards and flyers, you might want a layout program that handles text more efficiently. Maybe something like Microsoft Publisher.

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Date: 10/16/12 4:46 PM

I use Photoshop Elements which has almost any feature the basic user is going to need and still probably verges on being able to do more than most people would need.

I've used Photoshop versions 6, 7, CS, CS2 and CS4 at the studio. Well worth every penny, but way more features than a home user would really need. Truth be told, it was mostly overkill for our professional needs as well.

EDIT - Argh, missed the part about layout. You might want to look at Publisher, Printshop or there is a home/student version of Corel Draw Suite (I just picked up a copy of that so that I could do similar layout stuff).
-- Edited on 10/16/12 4:48 PM --

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Date: 10/16/12 4:50 PM

I agree with previous responses--you probably don't need photoshop for this.

Words + pictures, right? You need something that lets you lay them out on the page, manipulate the layout until you get it just so, then pass it on in a format that works for a printer?

MS Publisher is great for this, but you also might be able to do this work with Word by itself, especially if you can print to PDF files, which a print shop should be able to accept.

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