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Need a cheaper alternative to Photoshop for creating web page button icons, etc.

Discussion in 'Computers' started by SteveA, Apr 11, 2003.

  1. SteveA

    SteveA Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know of a good software package to use for creating icons to use on web page buttons and things like that? Most of the web designers in my office use Photoshop, but I don't need anything nearly that featured-packed (or expensive). I don't need to modify photographic images or anything like that. I just need to create simple graphics and save them in .gif or .jpg format.

    In other words, I need something similar to MS Paint, but with support for more file types. Any suggestions?
     
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    Camp Well-Known Member

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    I've used both Photoshop and Paintshop and for the casual use that I do I hardly notice any difference in "real-world" use. Photoshop is an incredible program, but unless you want to dedicate serious amounts of time to learn it all it's a little wasted I think.

    Andrew
     
  4. Andy Hardin

    Andy Hardin Well-Known Member

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    Photoshop Elements.

    Its got about 95% of the full photoshop features for under $100
     
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    Andre F Well-Known Member

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    I would also vote for Paint Shop Pro. It's a good program but a little confusing at first. I hear Photoshop Elements is also very good.
     
  6. Shawn C

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    Try Xara X from http://www.xara.com

    It's an outstanding graphics program, but it not for editing photos, etc. It's a vector program and is 100% awesome.

    I enojy using the GIMP for photo processing.

    http://www.gimp.org
     
  7. SteveA

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    Thanks for the replies. I saw both Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop Elements at Best Buy today and thought both of them looked pretty good for what I want to do.
     
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    PhotoImpact is another good option for web oriented tasks and general purpose image editing. (I've got v6 and found it useful.)
     

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