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Ok you freeware people, what are the best programs in the same category as Photoshop, i.e. for editing pictures with various effects etc.? Is GIMP any good?
 

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This is not what you want for you maybe, BUT anyway for photo organizer & viewer, these are well capable that I read user commentors on review sites be enthusiastic about and which sites I think I took note of....<br><br>
so what you might consider first in line out there is: "picasa" (not the painter, not picasO) and its cousin piece software also by google, I'll eta its name later as I forget....
 

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This is not what you want for you maybe, BUT anyway for photo organizer & viewer, these are well capable that I read user commentors on review sites be enthusiastic about and which sites I think I took note of....<br><br>
so what you might consider first in line out there is: "picasa" (not the painter, not picasO) and its cousin piece software also by google, I'll eta its name later as I forget....</div>
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Picasa all the way!! Picasa rocks!!!<br><br>
Get Picasa!!
 

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I'm not sure what you want to do with the software but <a href="http://www.blender3d.com/cms/Home.2.0.html" target="_blank">Bender</a> is an awesome open source modeling program.
 

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What OS are you using? Here are some that run in Windows.<br><br><br><br>
(listed in order of my preference)<br><br><br><br><a href="http://picasa.google.com/" target="_blank">Picasa</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/software/PhotoPlus/default.asp" target="_blank">Serif's PhotoPlus 6</a> (older version and now free)<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.gimpshop.net/" target="_blank">gimpshop</a> if you want the Gimp to look more like photoshop<br><br><br><br><a href="http://getpaint.net/index2.html" target="_blank">paint.net</a><br><br><br><br>
For quick edits (resize, crop) and batch processing I use <a href="http://www.irfanview.com/" target="_blank">irfanview</a>
 

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I am personally a big fan of gimp. If you're used to photoshop, the interface is a bit different, in which case I would suggest gimpshop (a version of gimp with the interface rearranged). However, if you will be learning this software for the first time you might as well use the stock interface.<br><br><br><br>
If you want a book to help you learn the gimp I recommend "grokking the gimp" a free version of it is available online at <a href="http://gimp-savvy.com/BOOK/" target="_blank">http://gimp-savvy.com/BOOK/</a> It is based on an old version of gimp, so the location of menus and stuff may be different, but the lessons still teach you valuable stuff.<br><br><br><br>
P.S. Not sure what you meant by "freeware" but if you mean zero cost, then ignore this. If you mean software that guarantees liberties to its users, then people in the free software community cringe when they hear "freeware." A lot like veg*ns cringe when they hear that fish is vegetarian. I know you didn't mean any offense, just giving you some some insight.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I have Vista and by freeware I meant zero cost. What I want to do with the software is things like combining two images, removing objects from an image, and otherwise editing them, the more advanced functions the better of course.
 

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Hey SevenSeas, whoever, as you please....<br><br><br><br><br><br><b>ALL <span style="font-size:small;">GIMP</span></b><i>(TASTIC)</i> .... whatever whatever whatever, just everything GIMP man!!!!!! (& MY FOREVER PROSPECTIVE TAIL GATING DECISION to download the son of gun)<br><br><br><br><br><br>
FIRST OF ALL, bring it on!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I'm getting *thought in gear* RIGHT NOW, back into swing to see whats the latest, and I've glad you by default prompted that in me SevenSeas, highfive for the subtle reminder then!.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><br><br><br><br>
PRE- MAIN COMMENT (important to me at least).....so hey, for the sake of giving myself a bit of time (which may consitute forever with my decision copouts) I'm waiting for ver2.4 Gimp to come out, for the reason said (there's some basic things I need to consider)<br><br>
and also the reason that "ver2.4" is a nice round number for me to start at, so when people ask me, what version I began with, they'll know more easily, than say if I started with "ver2.3.14" which appears to be latest to date <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br><br><br>
MAIN COMMENT, I'm no expert <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dunce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dunce:"> *but I quite like my research when I'm enthusiastic about something* so I have loads of bookmarks for really good INFO *tons of it* for the whole GIMP wherewithall.... and so which I might come around to sharing where I suggest to look.... Reckon I will do so by pasting a few of what appear the main sites of helpfulness first of all.... soooo check out my ETA soon....[And that may include me starting a new thread if necessary] <span style="color:#FF0000;">So don't forget the ETA, in about a week or so.....</span><br><br><span style="color:#800080;">AND Of Course its quite easy for anyone to just swan off and download whatever is available now, ie, the main core of the program or whatever but <span style="text-decoration:underline;">I recommend an overview of GIMP first, just as with any software you go after...</span> However to go about things, for the new user, its just being webwise.... Anyhow I remain somewhat *new* too as far as being novice about GIMPs use/type/build/what have you!! ~ despite the long length of time I've known about it and not done much about it.....BUT ALAS time is knocking at my door again and I wanna be downloading version "2.4" as I said (not far off).... <i>but whilst I do (& await that) I'll be checking out a wider view of what in accompaniment is going on surrounding the project as a whole [mainly a "plugins" scan around the place].... (You know its common sense, to observe/cite things & get overview before ANY download you make whoever the maker.)</i> All in all its just a healthy thing to do, to gain perspective etc, to get the best out of a project!!</span><br><br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">Into the bargain of adding my own narrowing down of good information links for GIMP,</span> (and other FREE utilities for art/ picture editing software) <span style="color:#FF0000;">I will include tips from already established things from conversations already had about GIMP on VB in the past..</span>
 

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I'd go with Gimp, I wouldn't be surprised if many freeware image editing programs have license restrictions that wouldn't allow you to use edited images commercially or something like that.<br><br><br><br>
Use gimp or gimpshop if you need a more photoshop like interface.
 

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I haven't tried anything yet but intend to try Gimpshop.
 

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Picasa all the way!! Picasa rocks!!!<br><br>
Get Picasa!!</div>
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I WOULD AGREE<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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Again, not really on the theme of editing images, as this is another image viewer that looks to be quite a neat package!...but enjoy anyway I guess... Can't go wrong here I suppose. (I don't have anything but winXP viewer<br><br>
that came with XP so I'm still searching for my ideal software too along with you all)<br><br><br><br><b>PicaJet FX</b> (FX/ or "free" = less effects/extras I guess that means/ *see link below*)<br><br>
Powerfull easy-to-use digital photo manager.<br><br>
Version: 2.5.0.477<br><br>
File size: 5.6 MB<br><br>
Date: January 11, 2007<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.picajet.com/en/index.php?page=features" target="_blank">http://www.picajet.com/en/index.php?page=features</a><br><br><a href="http://www.picajet.com/en/index.php?page=freevsfx" target="_blank">http://www.picajet.com/en/index.php?page=freevsfx</a> (free verses paid version stats)
 

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Again, not really on the theme of editing images, as this is another image viewer that looks to be quite a neat package!...but enjoy anyway I guess... Can't go wrong here I suppose. (I don't have anything but winXP viewer<br><br>
that came with XP so I'm still searching for my ideal software too along with you all)<br><br><br><br><b>PicaJet FX</b> (FX/ or "free" = less effects/extras I guess that means/ *see link below*)<br><br>
Powerfull easy-to-use digital photo manager.<br><br>
Version: 2.5.0.477<br><br>
File size: 5.6 MB<br><br>
Date: January 11, 2007<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.picajet.com/en/index.php?page=features" target="_blank">http://www.picajet.com/en/index.php?page=features</a> (Demo)<br><br><a href="http://www.picajet.com/en/index.php?page=freevsfx" target="_blank">http://www.picajet.com/en/index.php?page=freevsfx</a> (free verses paid version stats)
 

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if you happen to be on a mac, and want to try a "native" version of gimp, check out <a href="http://seashore.sourceforge.net/" target="_blank">seashore</a>.
 

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I have to second (or fifth?) gimp. It's gimptastic.<br><br><br><br>
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seriously, though, it's a great piece of software.
 

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Thank you guys, I'm going to give gimp a go myself.
 

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I've no doubt that Gimp is probably good but I couldn't be bothered downloading two separate bits of software for one program, but that's just me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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why not? d/l them both at once.<br><br><br><br>
Gimp is pretty close to photoshop; it doesn't even compare to apps like MS paint or MS photo editor or picasa.
 

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why not? d/l them both at once.</div>
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laziness mainly, and the fact that I don't need it that bad because I've got Photoshop Elements and Photo Impact but I still get curious about other programs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Gimp is pretty close to photoshop; it doesn't even compare to apps like MS paint or MS photo editor or picasa.</div>
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I agree, I briefly checked out Gimp on a friends PC the other night and for the non-professional user it seems pretty good, especially for a free program. Although I wasn't really into the interface that much.
 
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