What graphic maker to buy

Discussion in 'Graphic Design' started by s guy, May 17, 2005.

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  1. s guy

    s guy Banned

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    what is the best up to like £300
     
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    [tab] Opera/Firefox on Debian Staff Member

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    Photoshop is king, but it's expensive. Paint Shop Pro is good, not sure how much it is though. I'm sure both have trial versions so you can decide what you like.

    You could also get Gimp for free.
     
  3. s guy

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    what about macromedia fireworks?
     
  4. ian

    ian Administrator Staff Member

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    macromedia fireworks have a free trial download which you can try for yourself
    http://www.macromedia.com/software/fireworks/
    I think it is easy to use than photoshop, but most of the effects tutorials available on the internet are based on photoshop.
     
  5. StephanieCordray

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    If you're seriously thinking of doing graphics, fireworks is rather limited in scope... not that it can't do an excellent job with what it does, it just doesn't really do that much without plugins.

    Before taking the plunge to Adobe Photoshop, there is photoshop elements which is a lighter version at a lighter price but before it I would recommend trying Jasc's Paintshop Pro... I just took a look at the trial version and it's got a lot going for it when you are just starting out.
     
  6. s guy

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    i tried fireworks

    but i want to make a logo and banner etc frm scratch. i dnt understand how people make these wiked logos like that one zkiller made. maybe i just no how to use fireworks properly.
     
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    StephanieCordray New Member

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    more than likely zkiller used photoshop. I can't remember if he said so or not. basically it's a layered creation and using various blending techniques to acheive the desired results. Yes, you should be able to use fireworks to acheive similar results.

    However, fireworks is limited in a lot of ways... it's not as easy to take away parts of backgrounds to keep only the elements of the photos that you want to use and so forth... photoshop has a set of nifty little tools for these like that whereas in fireworks, it's manual labor and painstakingly slow.
     
  9. zkiller

    zkiller Super Moderator Staff Member

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    personally, i started with Paint Shop Pro, or PSP for short. PSP is a very powerfull graphics suite, much like adobe's photoshop, but at a lighter price. for learning and getting started, PSP is great. depending on what you want to get into graphics for, PSP will do everything you need and more in many cases. however, if you want to get professional and possibly make your hard earned bread in the interactive media industry, their is no way around photoshop which is (in my opinion at least) the best at what it does straight out of the box.
     
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    See? I'd recommend it for general use,too.
     
  11. zkiller

    zkiller Super Moderator Staff Member

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    are you agreeing or disagreeing with me stephanie? :confused:

    but yes, it is perfectly suitable for general use as well.
     
  12. StephanieCordray

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    agreeing with you. I said in an earlier post that I had just gotten a trial version and liked it very well. Actually will be picking up a copy soon... can get it from CompUSA for $70 which is cheaper than downloading it from JASC.
     

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