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Windows 7: Custom Made Sig and Avatar [6]

19 Sep 2011   #1791
Athene

 

Hi GFX-experts, I am in urgent need of your wisdom :-)

Just trotted across Corel Paint Shop Pro X4 today in a store. I was thinking of buying Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 (still to be released), but now I am wondering if I should switch to Corel. For one thing, PSE 9 does not have a pen tool (also called the path tool or the curve tool), and I don't think PSE 10 will have it either. It remains a feature of Photoshop CS only. Now I believe that Paint Shop Pro has a curve tool, and also layer masks.

Purchasing the full-fledged suites like Photoshop CS or CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5 is financially out of the question for me (the infamous student's budget). And I'm not sure I'll really need all those features included in the suites.

So can anyone confirm this/help me out? :-) Does Paint Shop Pro have a friendly user interface, too?


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19 Sep 2011   #1792
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Athene View Post
Hi GFX-experts, I am in urgent need of your wisdom :-)

Just trotted across Corel Paint Shop Pro X4 today in a store. I was thinking of buying Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 (still to be released), but now I am wondering if I should switch to Corel. For one thing, PSE 9 does not have a pen tool (also called the path tool or the curve tool), and I don't think PSE 10 will have it either. It remains a feature of Photoshop CS only. Now I believe that Paint Shop Pro has a curve tool, and also layer masks.

Purchasing the full-fledged suites like Photoshop CS or CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5 is financially out of the question for me (the infamous student's budget).

So can anyone confirm this/help me out? :-) Does Paint Shop Pro have a friendly user interface, too?

Athene,

I went on Ebay and got Corel Draw Graphic Suite X5 for $100.
It may have been a "Hot" but ebay guaranteed it.
It has performed beautifully and Nick sent me the set up(Like he uses) so I am very pleased with it.
Neighbor gave me PSE 9 as a gift but does not have certain features according to Archie.

They also have 30 day trial software for each so you can try them before making decision.
Have fun shopping!
THW
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19 Sep 2011   #1793
Athene

 

Thanks, Dennis, but I would prefer not to buy licenced software off ebay - you just never know.
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19 Sep 2011   #1794
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Nice sig you got there Dennis!
Attachment 176045
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19 Sep 2011   #1795
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Athene View Post
Thanks, Dennis, but I would prefer not to buy licenced software off ebay - you just never know.
You are probably right.
This was my first time purchasing anything on E-bay or for that matter on line.
Took a gamble but the story ended happily ever after.
I even e-mailed the vender several times. Once to see if funds arrived and when I can expect it. The second was to see if he had Adobe Photo Shop C5...which he didn't.
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19 Sep 2011   #1796
Athene

 

Well, you were certainly lucky...But not everyone is...and whether it's legit or not something we cannot discuss due to forum rule #4 :-)
Anyway, I think I'll download the trial version of Corel Paint Shop Pro on my other computer and see how it goes. If I like it, then I can kick PSE 5 off the system...It's not bad at all, but it's old and it really hogs the computer resources, making the keyboard hot and the fans wail like a pack of howling wolves ;-))
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19 Sep 2011   #1797
Athene

 

Hi Dennis,
As per your request - here are the zipped PSD files containing the layers of your sig. The first file (sig_THW_2) contains the components of the sig itself; the second one (sig_THW_3) has the Path Tool elements (the red-and-black "streamers") and red outer glow. I had to do it this way because I used GIMP to create the streamers - and GIMP cannot read non-simplified layers created in PSE, so it just removes all layer effects...So I had to first merge the sig in PSE and then continue working on it in GIMP...hope that made sense ;-D
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19 Sep 2011   #1798
tom982

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Athene View Post
Hi GFX-experts, I am in urgent need of your wisdom :-)

Just trotted across Corel Paint Shop Pro X4 today in a store. I was thinking of buying Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 (still to be released), but now I am wondering if I should switch to Corel. For one thing, PSE 9 does not have a pen tool (also called the path tool or the curve tool), and I don't think PSE 10 will have it either. It remains a feature of Photoshop CS only. Now I believe that Paint Shop Pro has a curve tool, and also layer masks.

Purchasing the full-fledged suites like Photoshop CS or CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5 is financially out of the question for me (the infamous student's budget). And I'm not sure I'll really need all those features included in the suites.

So can anyone confirm this/help me out? :-) Does Paint Shop Pro have a friendly user interface, too?
Then make use of the infamous student discount I know this is only a UK thing, but there might be a Swiss equivalent?

I got my CS5 from here: Microsoft Office Education Partner, Student Software Solutions UK, Office 2007
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19 Sep 2011   #1799
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Athene what exactly is it that you want to use the software for ?
Corel Paint Shop Pro X4 is aimed specifically at photo editing.
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19 Sep 2011   #1800
Athene

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PooMan UK View Post
Athene what exactly is it that you want to use the software for ?
Corel Paint Shop Pro X4 is aimed specifically at photo editing.
Hi Nick,
I'd like to use it to edit photos and to create sigs ;-) I think Paint Shop Pro has a curve/pen tool which PSE does not have. And when I want to work on a PSE-created PSD file in GIMP, then GIMP simply ignores layer effects like bevel/emboss, inner/outer glows etc. I mostly use GIMP because it has a curve tool; but then I usually have to work with two sets of PSD layers just for one sig.

I've done a lot of reading on the enormous suites like Photoshop CS and Corel Draw Graphics Suite X5, and they seem to have too many functions, several of which I'll probably never use...besides the fact that they're very expensive.
Student versions (over here, at least) tend to be rather watered down - so what's the use of a full-fledged watered-down version? ;-)))

Briefly...I'm searching for a rough equivalent of PSE with a curve tool :-D
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