Photoshop, or Paint.NET?

Discussion in 'Graphic Design' started by Rocketshot, Jun 1, 2012.

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  1. Rocketshot

    Rocketshot New Member

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    I'm completely new to graphic design; I'm looking to create impressive skins for forum software using CSS and Paint.NET. Should I steer clear of that, and pay for Photoshop instead? Is there any significant difference?
     
  2. benjamin.morgan

    benjamin.morgan New Member

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    lol, Photoshop is way better. If you can afford it definitely get Photoshop or if you can't afford it try GIMP. http://www.gimp.org/
     
  3. ronaldroe

    ronaldroe Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Paint.NET is pretty good. I used it for a while. I like it way better than GIMP. In fact, I can't stand GIMP.

    Photoshop is definitely better. Fireworks is better still, but Paint.NET is really good and perfectly adequate for just starting out.
     
  4. Phreaddee

    Phreaddee Super Moderator Staff Member

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    folks, CS6 is really affordable!
     
  5. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Photoshop is a Digital Photo Editor (bitmap/raster editor) not truly a graphic design tool, and "creating impressive skins" needs far more than knowing what tool is the "best to use".

    You need the creative ability and artistic skills first and be able to start with a sketch.
     
  6. Diversus

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    is Paint.NET free? I've not heard of it thanks for bring it to my attention!
     
  7. ronaldroe

    ronaldroe Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, it is
     
  8. jumpingspider

    jumpingspider New Member

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    You could give this 1 a try.
     
  9. JakClark

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    But to be perfectly honest, there's no competition between Paint.NET and Photoshop. Infact, if it's purely website design you want to use the software for, give Fireworks a try.
     
  10. sampathneo

    sampathneo New Member

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    both photoshop & paint.net are great. but I personally like Paint.Net
    because lots of tools in it & easy to use.
     
  11. RAJO

    RAJO New Member

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    without a doubt PHOTOSHOP is the best choice its a little expensive but go with that its a much better choice trust me
     
  12. flybeta

    flybeta New Member

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    paint.net annoys the begesus out of me with the way it does layers, I'm trying gimp atm doesn't seem to bad. But I miss photoshop
     
  13. Phreaddee

    Phreaddee Super Moderator Staff Member

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    well, you know you can be proactive about this and get it if you miss it.
    thats what I'd do...
     
  14. Adamdavid

    Adamdavid New Member

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    I use photoshop.It is good and easy to use and nice.And i never used paint.net.So i don't know about it.
     
  15. ilovedesign

    ilovedesign New Member

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    Photoshop is still the best photo editing software.
     
  16. DarkOwl

    DarkOwl New Member

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    Photoshop is way too advanced than Paint.net. It’s one the best and popular graphic designing software’s and you mustn’t have got this doubt on choosing which one.
     
  17. PixelPusher

    PixelPusher Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Depending on your needs...but my vote is for Ps, no question.
     
  18. 3mediaweb

    3mediaweb New Member

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    Photoshop

    Photoshop is way better, in my opinion.
     
  19. maxisxjay

    maxisxjay New Member

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    I prefer Photoshop. It's the best and more popular. I've never used Paint.NET before.
     
  20. JakClark

    JakClark New Member

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    I cannot believe this question is actually asked this often. Assuming you're intending to use either of these pieces of software for website design (after all, we're on a web design forum) then there would be no doubt about it that Photoshop would suit your requirements better.

    However, that does not mean to say Photoshop is the superior web designer's tool. There are many Adobe products such as Illustrator or InDesign that will suffice. Even more so Adobe Fireworks, considering it was crafted for that purpose. Though Fireworks may be limited, combining features from the Adobe Creative Suite would be a pretty powerful weapon.

    If you're on a Mac (doubt it, wasn't aware you could get Paint.NET on one, but anyhow) then you should probably also take a look at Pixelmator. It's pretty - and performs better than Paint.NET, that's for sure!

    If you are strictly limited to Windows though, I am yet to see software that can fulfill my needs as much as Adobe CS.
     

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