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Old 11-20-2007, 11:21 AM
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Have you already ruled out the Gimp? total free open source, and it looks like those guys went to a lot of trouble to make the controls just like PhotoShop. I'm running 2.2.8 here at work and I like it a lot, looks like they're on a newer version now http://www.gimp.org/
Funny, I'm running 2.2.13 here. I have Adobe CS at home (educational version) and GIMP is pretty similar to the real thing. It's good enough and definitely worth the price, anyway.
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Another complication: I am loathe to buy a Mac.
Get a new Mac and you can run your PC stuff on it too.
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I was a Mac devotee so I know the genuflection. Not for a while. No issue with the quality. The money to buy one, however...
So would Gimp, or Element be close to Photoshop?
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Gimp is freeware - open source stuff. Elements is like Photoshop but does not have the full functionality. It is like having a 4-wheel drive and removing the front drive shaft.
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:17 PM
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Which would be a better intro to 'driving' Photoshop? Forrest is to computer geek as I am to ... to ... Chinese.
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Old 11-20-2007, 01:14 PM
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Elements for sure. It's Photoshop Lite which is good for an introduction. Doesn't have all the features of PS but most people don't use all of them anyway.
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cost of Elements = cost of Elements + Gimp.

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Old 11-20-2007, 02:20 PM
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I bought Elements on Amazon for $19 a while back when Adobe was offering a $30 rebate.
Cost = $11.00 in my pocket.
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i've got elements, but it won't work on my computer. i have to keep changing settings for my monitor or something. f'n computers
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My vote would be for Gimp if you don't want to but CS3, Elements is fine but I would say it is closer to a 1/4 of PS or CS2-3. I may still have a valid copy of PS 5.5, if I do you are more than welcome to borrow it.

Like John said PS is one of the hardest programs to learn and keep up at. If you walk away from it for a while it will take a while to get back to the level you were. Any training you can get is a big plus and as I am tyoing this I just remebered that I have a DVD that teaches you how to use CS1 or 2. You can borrow that too if you want.

Let me know, you know how to reach me ;-)

PS two 19" monitors work great for PS
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