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Windows 7: Gfx ?

07 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate RC1 / XP Black 2009
Gfx ?

I'm just looking for some feedback here so "if you was to decide on a good Graphics Program what would you say would be worth getting - CS3, CS4, Paint Shop Pro, Gimp ? - yes thats a mix of retail and freeware ... but what would you go for ?

Cindy :)
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07 Jul 2009   #2

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

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07 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate RC1 / XP Black 2009

Thank you for answering dinesh
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07 Jul 2009   #4

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11

CS4 - it supports both 32 and 64 bit programing. Photoshop though costly is still the best out there. Some like Gimp, but IMO it isn't all that good, albeit it is free.

A free Graphics application is Freestone (Google for web site), It is both a thumbnail viewer and allows you to do some very good touch up of photos and pictures. I cannot say enough good things about this applications, and the good thing is it is "Free".

Enjoy :)
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07 Jul 2009   #5

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

The question you need to ask yourself is "what do I need a graphics app for?".

For anyone who just needs to create the odd Sig file or correct a few digital photos then one of the freeware options is fine - Gimp Paint.Net or even Picassa.

If you are serious about graphics work then Photoshop is a really the only option - Photoshop skills are a salable skill in the employment market , and is so well supported online with tips and tutorials that it can be easier to learn than simpler options.

One thing to consider is that with the release of CS4 the real world price of CS3 has dropped so may be a better economic option for the beginner than CS4. The same would apply to Photoshop Elements if you do not require some of the more professional functionality of CS4

The purchase of a graphics application is something that should be given a lot of thought as people tend to stay with the package they are used to more that with any other type of application.
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07 Jul 2009   #6
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

PaintShop Pro 9 is the last good version to get, avoid anything after Corel took it over. Of course, GIMP is free and very good and CS4 is pretty amazing if you can take time to go to classes to learn how to use it.
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07 Jul 2009   #7
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit

PaintShopPro 7 The Anniversary Edition was the last one I got while it was still owned by Jasc Software and you actually got great big thick instruction books with it
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07 Jul 2009   #8

Win7 Ultimate, x64

As indicated by Nigel, the first question to be answered is, "For what purpose do you want/need a graphics program?"

If to do the odd siggy, fix a photo here or there, etc then PS 7 (if you can find it), CS3, PS Elements, and gimp are all good, low cost alternatives. I know a wedding photographer who still uses PS 7 for what work he has that needs PS touching.

If you are going a little higher end and/or need to work with camera RAW files, etc then you probably want to look to either CS3 or CS4.
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08 Jul 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate RC1 / XP Black 2009

Thank you all for your answers (you have all helped me decide as to what type of GFX App i need = Rep u all :))
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