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Photoshop vs. GIMP

Posted Jun 28, '08 at 2:43am

JaGgEdGe

JaGgEdGe

77 posts

These are the two main graphics editing programs that I know about. If there are others, feel free to tell me or post them in replies.

Personally, I prefer GIMP for many reasons. First, it is a free program, which, at 14, is very necessary. Although I did have an illegal version of photoshop, I removed it because I knew it was wrong, and I really didn't use it anyways. GIMP is the better program in my mind anyways. Although the open time is very long, especially if you have brushes (more especially if you got bored and downloaded over 2000 brushes from Devianart,) GIMP is more accessible. Not only is it quick and easy to get used to, there are dozens of available tutorials.

Please, post here if you would like more information, or just to pick one over the other, but please include reasons to refrain from being a spam post.

 

Posted Jun 28, '08 at 2:51am

Arax_Nisanu

Arax_Nisanu

1,343 posts

Personally, i prefer Photoshop CS3 extended, and Paint.NET which is a simple free art program that is all over the web.

 

Posted Jun 28, '08 at 3:05am

Strop

Strop

10,822 posts

Moderator

JaGgEdGe, do you get your brushes from a single source or just wherever you can find them? Same with the tutorials- I'm going to say that the interface is not that user-friendly so it does take some getting used to.

I use OpenCanvas- which is mainly a tablet-based watercolors emulator. It's much more simplistic and focused as it's not an image editor like the GIMP or PS, but rather a painting program like Paint.NET, only...not Paint.NET :P

I'm also looking for lightbox programs- right now I'm using a free version of Plastic Animated Paper (PAP), but I don't know if I wanna fork out 90E for the home edition. Anybody got some decent alternatives for doing frame-by-frames?

 

Posted Jun 28, '08 at 11:54pm

boalx

boalx

74 posts

i liked gimp even though if i could id probably use my PS

 

Posted Jun 29, '08 at 12:11am

snowman1474

snowman1474

220 posts

I prefer Photoshop.  Just because I think that it is easier to use.  Because I tried GIMP, and I couldn't get used to it.  And there are also a lot of online tutorials for Photoshop.   And I think Coral Paintshop Pro is another imaging software.  Also Cinema 4 is another one I think.

Snowman1474

 

Posted Jun 29, '08 at 12:53am

Klaushouse

Klaushouse

2,853 posts

"I did have an illegal version of photoshop, I removed it because I knew it was wrong"

I lol'ed when I read that. I wouldn't feel bad having an illegal copy of a program thats 700$ at 14... Adobe is full aware that tons of people pirate it, they don't care at all because their market isn't single people like you or me, or most people. It's big companies. They make thousands and thousands of dollars per company. Imagine a company with 40 thousand employees and lets says half of them use atleast one 500$ adobe program. Lets say adobe cuts a company deal and does 400$... thats one company and they just made 8 million dollars. Now think of all the companies that have adobe. Every company. Every single one. My dad runs a grocery chain and even tons of his employees need adobe products.

Well I ran on with that but my point is that riping off adobe isn't a major deal as you are not their target audience and they never planned to sell anything to you anyways so basically there is no loss of money here, they thrive on big companies not single sales!

 

Posted Jun 29, '08 at 12:38pm

_Matt_

_Matt_

3 posts

Well, the it being illegal, and also lagging up my PC. I figured I'd mention the feeling bad to not look as bad for doing it, but yeah, you're mostly right. It was only CS2 anyways, so yeah =/. By the way, I can't get on JaGgEdGe, so this is my new permanent account.

 

Posted Jun 29, '08 at 12:57pm

miniman

miniman

84 posts

i use photoshop CS2 it can do about the same as CS3, with CS3 a bit more, but im used to CS2, and thus prefer it.

 

Posted Jun 29, '08 at 1:13pm

ubertuna

ubertuna

2,092 posts

Knight

I find that GIMP is much better for graphics creation, and photoshop is better for graphics editing.  A copy of Adobe Photoshop 7 came with the software bundle on my computer, so I didn't have to pay $700 for it, but I still prefer GIMP when creating artwork.  I mostly used it for making sprites for a game called The Battle for Wesnoth.

 
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