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  1. I'm thinking about buying a copy of Photoshop to use with photos.
    Should I buy the latest copy or can I save some money and buy something else?
    My funds are somewhat limited on this. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. If you can go with CS3 ($650.00). CS and CS2 are good but 3 is a big improvement. If you are thinking about PS7 you are beter going with PS Elements 5 ($150.00).
  3. There is a program call THE GIMP out there that if you do a web search you should be able to find it and it's free. It's a very good editing program. I don't know what you'll be using it for but it might be something to try before you spend that kind of cash.
  4. I've used Gimp in the past. It is good. There are also configuration files on the net that will remap Gimp keyboard shortcuts to those of Photoshop, if that's what you prefer (I do). I am back to Photoshop, though. I know it's expensive, but I like it.
  5. Another vote for PS Elements 5. $80. (not $150 as previously posted)

    you can download a free 30 day trial from Adobe.
  6. At one time Adobe considered using an older version of Photoshop ok, they told me it was freeware and I could copy and distribute older version as much as I wanted, as it was advertising to them. One wouldn't get a free manual or tech support from them if it were older and unregistered.

    I don't know if that is true any more.

    Free downloads, some are trial software, for editing and touch up to include contrast and brightness adjusts are from:

    IrfanView from http://www.IrfanView.com, get the plugins too.

    http://picasa.google.com/ Picasa2 from google.com.

    VCW VicMan's Photo Editor 8.1 at http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/...aphics_Editors/VCW_VicMan_s_Photo_Editor.html

    Photo-Brush, trial version, at http://www.mediachance.com/pbrush/

    Paint.NET http://www.getpaint.net/

    Download Paint.NET

    GIMP editor http://www.gimp.org/windows/
  7. Thanks for all of the good information everybody.
    I'm going to look at all of the links.
    I would like to have a copy of Photoshop but the price for the latest one is out of my price range. I'll look for an older copy of Photoshop and see how that works out.

    Thanks again.
  8. Are you or anyone close to you a student or teach? Adobe (as all other companies) puts out "educational versions" of their product (Photoshop, Office, DreamWeaver, if it ain't a game it is probably available). PSCS3 looks to be less than $400 just glancing. :)
  9. Nope, everybody I know is to old for school anymore.. Good idea anyway, thanks.
  10. Take a good look at Photoshop Elements before you decide you NEED the full Photoshop program which most people I know never use to the full extent anyway.

    I use the competitor, Paint Shop Pro so I cannot comment first hand. I can say that while Paint Shop is good, most people use Photoshop and if I had it to do over, I would too. Elements, that is.
  11. Too old for Tech School or the University?

    Get GIMP then.

    :shocked: :sad: :upeyes:
  12. Elements needs these:

    System requirements (Windows® only)

    * Intel® Pentium® 4 or Intel Celeron® (or compatible) 1.3GHz processor (dual-core processors and those with Hyper-Threading Technology supported)
    * Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional, Home Edition, or Media Center Edition with Service Pack 2
    * 256MB of RAM (512MB recommended)
    * 1.5GB of available hard-disk space
    * Color monitor with 16-bit color video card
    * 1,024x768 monitor resolution at 96dpi or less
    * Microsoft DirectX 9 compatible display driver
    * CD-ROM drive