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I need a simple graphics program

ihmmyihmmy Registered User regular
edited January 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
Soo, for work I end up doing a lot of the document creation. Recently, we've been given the power to change our banner on our website (shiny and exciting!). However, it only accepts images and, well, I'm kind of a dunce with Gimp. It's just a bit more complicated than I can readily wrap my brain around. We use InDesign for pdf creation, however it's CS2 and I doubt we have $1000 to dump on Photoshop, when it would be used so minimally.

So, is there a free or cheap program out there that's a couple steps above Paint, but simpler than Gimp? I don't create images purely from scratch, often we use something from our branding material (so, .jpgs or the like already given to us), add a background and/or overlay, add some text, etc. It's more piecing together things that creating something from scratch. One of my big frustrations with Gimp is after I've created an object (in particular, text boxes), it seems silly-difficult to re-select it for editing, so if the software in suggestion fixes that I would be ecstatic.

Danke! suggest on!

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    L Ron HowardL Ron Howard The duck MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    What's confusing you about GIMP?
    I mean, I have yet to see anything that's free that GIMP doesn't already do, but better.
    I'm no graphics artist by any means, and I have very little issues with it.
    What do you need a simple program to do that MSPaint doesn't?

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    MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Paint.NET

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    MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I've always been a photoshop guy, but I seem to recall paintshop pro being the poor man's next best thing back in the day. I've never actually used paintshop pro though.

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    Caelum MilitisCaelum Militis Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    MKR wrote: »
    Paint.NET

    Seconding Paint.NET. It will almost assuredly do everything you need, and as a bonus it's free, so you can at least try it out to determine if it suits your needs. If it does, great, if it doesn't, you're not out any money and can look at something like Paintshop Pro or Photoshop Elements.

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    KitsunaKitsuna Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    MKR wrote: »
    Paint.NET

    Seconding Paint.NET. It will almost assuredly do everything you need, and as a bonus it's free, so you can at least try it out to determine if it suits your needs. If it does, great, if it doesn't, you're not out any money and can look at something like Paintshop Pro or Photoshop Elements.

    I'll third the recommendation for Paint.NET. I've been using it to make my sigs for this forum and it let's you add text and background with ease by using the programs 'Add Layer' function. Also, the 'Add Layer' function makes it very easy to reselect objects as long as you make it a habit of using a different layer for each discrete object in the image you're creating.

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    CptnNickCptnNick Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Fourth vote for paint.net. It's in that sweet spot in between paint simplicity and Photoshop/GIMP professionality. Plus, the layer system works pretty good and intuitive, along with limitless history (CTRL Z) and yeah - it's free.

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    wmelonwmelon Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    ihmmy wrote: »
    Soo, for work I end up doing a lot of the document creation. Recently, we've been given the power to change our banner on our website (shiny and exciting!). However, it only accepts images and, well, I'm kind of a dunce with Gimp. It's just a bit more complicated than I can readily wrap my brain around. We use InDesign for pdf creation, however it's CS2 and I doubt we have $1000 to dump on Photoshop, when it would be used so minimally.

    So, is there a free or cheap program out there that's a couple steps above Paint, but simpler than Gimp? I don't create images purely from scratch, often we use something from our branding material (so, .jpgs or the like already given to us), add a background and/or overlay, add some text, etc. It's more piecing together things that creating something from scratch. One of my big frustrations with Gimp is after I've created an object (in particular, text boxes), it seems silly-difficult to re-select it for editing, so if the software in suggestion fixes that I would be ecstatic.

    Danke! suggest on!

    There is a 30 day free trial for photoshop.

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Also, you can try GIMPshop.

    It's a recompiled version of Gimp that basically completely reskins it to look like an older version of Photoshop, so it's a lot less confusing if you're used to photoshop.

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    wmelonwmelon Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I also stumbled across http://pixlr.com/ which is practically an older version of photoshop in a browser.

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    DiorinixDiorinix Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I'm interested in this topic, too - I have a younger sister who's beginning to get into graphic design and photo manipulation on the basic program that came with her laptop at Christmas last year. I really wanted to get her something more robust but upon investigation the cost of consumer-level programs made me balk.

    Is paint.net a good suggestion for this situation as well?

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Also, there's Manga Studio.

    The basic version does a lot and it's like $60 bucks. I think it's vector based though, but it's pretty good

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I will second GimpShop. Paint.Net is a good alternative.

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    tinwhiskerstinwhiskers Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    IIRC you can download a 30 day free trial of photoshop from Adobe.

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    Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Yeah, GimpShop makes gimp useable if you know how to use photoshop.

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