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Need some kind of free Photoshop app

Anyone know of one?  I just need 1% of Photoshop.  Like making simple images, and adding a few simple effects to the text.  (shadows, etc)

Bella
Tuesday, January 27, 2004

I've only checked it out a bit on a Knoppix CD, but isn't Gimp fairly well reccomended? I have *no* idea if they have a Windows build though.

  --Josh

JWA
Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Googled The Gimp and got http://www.gimp.org and for Windows http://www.gimp.org/~tml/gimp/win32/. Should work for what you need.

Otherwise if free isn't especially important, ten Photoshop Elements for $69 (typically) can't be beat.

  --Josh

JWA
Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Try http://www.gimp.org/~tml/gimp/win32/

You may also be surprised how much you can get done with a little time in Paint, the graphic editor included with Windows.

Kevin
Tuesday, January 27, 2004

JASC Paint Shop Pro, only $79 !

http://www.jasc.com/products/paintshoppro/

Kentasy
Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Was looking for something related (a simple tool to set the transparent background of a gif) and ran into this:

Pixia ( http://park18.wakwak.com/~pixia )

Haven't tried it yet, it meets your price requirements though.

Perpetual Newbie II
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

The GIMP looks pretty ugly, but it certainly works, and the windows version is pretty stable these days.

As a programmer and non graphic artist, I find it a lot easier to use than photoshop too.

Sum Dum Gai
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

I love Paintshop Pro, been using it for years. I've got Photoshop too, but it has the most hideous UI.

You used to be able to get demo versions of Paintshop Pro on magazine cover discs. That's how I got it.

Steve Jones (UK)
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Paintshop Pro is very good, it has grown a lot. It's entirely scriptable in Python too (not that I've used this feature but I *plan* to).

gunga
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Pixia is good, if a trifle awkward to use.

Simon Lucy
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Apart from The Gimp, which is great, I recommend buying one of those computer magazines that come with 2 or 3 CDs with a zillion programs. I got an oldish version (two versions ago) of ULead for free in a copy of PC Magazine. This programs does all what you want to do.

uncronopio
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Bella, you didn't mention which operating system.

veal
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

http://www.irfanview.com/ is good. Not sure if it has exactly the features you need...

sgf
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

I loooked at the GIMP homepage for about 10 seconds, and then closed the screen.  If there isn't a 1-step "setup.exe", then it aint getting installed.  Anything that requires some kind of external installer is a JOKE.  These people "just don't get it"  Unfortunate, if you actually want someone to use your software.

Bella
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

( http://www.squirreldome.com/cyberop.htm )

Try Project Dogwaffle (link above)...and no I'm not making it up. 

I haven't used it a great deal but PCPlus magazine seems to like it...and the old version's free. 

a cynic writes...
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Paint Shop Pro;  If you read the subject header, it contained the word "free".  I just need to do 1 thing, so not looking to buy an app. 

I downloaded Pixia. 
Loooks like it has what I need.  (blur and shadow effects) 

Thanks for the help, guys.

Bella
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Bella --

You give up too quickly.

http://www2.arnes.si/~sopjsimo/gimp/stable.html

Download 2 files.  Install one then install other.  Voila, GIMP!

Of course, this is also the problem with Java.

T.J.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Microsoft has a crappy photo editor that comes with Office, I think.  It might be that 1% you're looking for.

Mike
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

If you only need it for a single use, you could always download the trial version of Paint Shop Pro:

http://www.jasc.com/download_4.asp?prod=K-PSP8-USDIR

It is fully functional and works for 30 days, according to the site.

MikeMcNertney
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

TJ-

Not sure what you are talking about.  Java on windows has a simple installer and it is possible to create installers of the sort desired.

You can also use Java Webstart to download, install and run an app with a single click in the web browser.

Java has other problems.  This isn't one of them.

name withheld out of cowardice
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/serif/ph/ph5/index.asp

is pretty good, free, similar to photoshop. it doesn't handle some filetypes though.

another screen name
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

The problem is the requirement to install a copy of Java in order to be able to use a Java program.

That is the same problem GIMP have, which apparently gave it a big fat X for the OP.

T.J.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

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