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Photoshop Alternatives
« on: April 25, 2016, 09:37:23 AM »
Many of us, at some point or other need to mess about with images. Lots of tools available for such eventualities. However, we eventually all come across images that are saved or provided as PSD files, a Photoshop native format.

There's not many tools that can open or edit these - at least not that are (1) reliable and (2) easier to use than Photoshop - and, of course, a lot less expensive to licence.

Here's one that is worth a look - for those times when one gets a banner that needs editing - a simple enough job but a nightmare if it means learning to use Photoshop to do it!

Paint.net - with an associated plugin can be used to open PSD files, and manipulate the layers within the file (the magic that lets us edit the text or logo on a banner)
The program is free of charge, as is the associated plugin. Setting the thing up and learning how to do the job I wanted, this afternoon took maybe 10 minutes and another ten to sort out a full set of banners with a new text.

Here's a link to a brief article with the links you need to download the main application and the plugin: CLICK HERE!

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Re: Photoshop Alternatives
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2016, 12:45:41 PM »
I must look at that when I am on my pc. Here on my Android tablet, paint.net goes to a painter and decorator's site! I presume it doesn't work on a tablet. That's a useful find. My application of choice is one of the Serif programs. Sometimes they will edit psd but not always, so it's good to have an alternative.

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Re: Photoshop Alternatives
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2016, 10:38:49 PM »
The Serif software is generally good, I use a page page layout program (PagePlus) from them.

The URL for the program Paint.Net is: http://www.getpaint.net/index.html
I think that the .net in the name refers to the programming framework used - .Net

I like this because the price is right - free and because it is based upon Microsoft Paint it is a tool that almost everyone is familiar with, to at least some extent. I was able to be editing some banners in just a matter of minutes because everything was where I expected it to be. It took ages to learn Serif PagePlus, the page layout tool, not because it is hard or bad, but because it was a new paradigm to me.

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Re: Photoshop Alternatives
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2016, 11:19:53 PM »
The Serif software is generally good, I use a page page layout program (PagePlus) from them.

The URL for the program Paint.Net is: http://www.getpaint.net/index.html
I think that the .net in the name refers to the programming framework used - .Net

I like this because the price is right - free and because it is based upon Microsoft Paint it is a tool that almost everyone is familiar with, to at least some extent. I was able to be editing some banners in just a matter of minutes because everything was where I expected it to be. It took ages to learn Serif PagePlus, the page layout tool, not because it is hard or bad, but because it was a new paradigm to me.


You can't get better than free! When I clicked on your link on my PC it went to the expected article. That's interesting, that the same link takes you to different sites depending on which operating system you are using at the time.

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Re: Photoshop Alternatives
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2016, 08:34:28 AM »
I use GIMP myself:

https://www.gimp.org/

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Re: Photoshop Alternatives
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2016, 10:15:46 AM »
I tried GIMP, but is complex, big learning curve.

For simple jobs, simple tools. ;)

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Re: Photoshop Alternatives
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2016, 12:06:48 PM »
It ain't simple, that's the truth!

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Re: Photoshop Alternatives
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2016, 02:23:13 AM »
Yes, and that's the thing. For me, I was looking at a way to alter some banners that I already had. The 'easy' option is to hit up Fiverr but that isn't as cheap as it used to be now that the vendors all disaggregate their gigs or learn how to do the job in P/shop (I have an old but working licenced version) or find a tool to knock off the task.

Paint.net took me about as long to learn as it would have taken to specify a Fiverr gig and certainly less time than going through the whole rigmarole of selection, specifying monitoring, reviewing etc etc.

As it happens, I also ordered a set of new banners from Fiverr as well and for $15 got a set of six very nice banners with the PSD files which certainly was worth the time and money. ;)