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Post by heidi02 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:39 am

I was wondering what you all use to make graphics. I'm trying to download a good program. Thanks <3

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Post by Cheer on Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:43 am

I use Photoshop ^-^

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Post by Test on Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:44 am

Photoshop CS5 is good.
If you are looking for a free editor, Pixlr is just like photoshop really so I suggest you take a look at that site. x3

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Post by Bear on Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:46 am

Photoshop is the best thing you can get. But it's expensive, so you can always just go with Gimp or Photofiltre, which are free.

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Post by ariesgirl12917 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:52 am

I use gimp and paint.net for all my graphics

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Post by katiesweet10 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:56 am

photoshop cs is good but a cheaper version is elements, that's what i use

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Post by heidi02 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:04 am

Bear wrote:Photoshop is the best thing you can get. But it's expensive, so you can always just go with Gimp or Photofiltre, which are free.

How much is photoshop?

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Post by katiesweet10 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:13 am

elements - $55- 130
cs - $ 185- 600

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Post by Cheer on Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:17 am

Those cheaper prices are the cost of upgrading if you have the earlier version.
CS is around $500-$600. Elements is about $120-$150.

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Post by heidi02 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:58 am

Cheer wrote:Those cheaper prices are the cost of upgrading if you have the earlier version.
CS is around $500-$600. Elements is about $120-$150.

Okay, wow that's a lot lol.

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Post by AleciaAutumn10 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:38 am

I use fotoflexer. It's absolutely free.

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Post by Luv on Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:40 am

I used gimp myself.

It's a free program.

It certainly puts me at a bit of a disadvantage to those with photoshop, but I've got some shred of artistic talent to make up for it.

I highly recommend it, if you're not looking to spend money.

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Post by Bear on Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:44 pm

The same. Gimp and Photofiltre is about your best alternative. Although Pixelr is good, I think Gimp/Photofiltre is way better. Pixelr is good if you don't want to download a program. Lunapic is good for animated gifs, adding glitter to images, etc. Online-Image-Editor is good for that too.

I wouldn't recommend FotoFlexer, it's more like Picnik to me, I guess if Pixelr isn't working online this is alright too.

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Post by Luv on Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:58 pm

I don't recommend Pixelr. Less freedom for later manipulation.

It's not all about what program you have, either.

Maybe read up some tips on making good graphics.
Photoshop is great, but it's not going to make an artistic out of a monkey, if you catch my drift.

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Post by Bear on Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:02 pm

That's true, but it's a good online alternative, if you can't download anything. If you want something simple like transparency, or layer styles etc Pixelr is okay.

It's about the features and things you have. If you know how to use a graphic program, you could make some pretty nice graphics regardless if you have Photoshop or not.

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Post by Luv on Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:14 pm

Hence why I suggested she read up on it. ^^

For some of my nicer works, the first thing that a lot of people ask me is, "what program did you use?"

That isn't the right question. The question should be, "what process did you go through?"



I don't really get why Photoshop is revered as the pinnacle of great illustration programs. I mean, if I were an artist for an occupation, sure, I'd find it a necessity to have something nice like that. (Or nicer. There are fancier products out there.) But I do these things for fun, I don't need something terribly special.

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Post by Bear on Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:02 pm

I totally agree with you.

Photoshop is more for manipulating photos, but you could illustrate/vector graphics. Well, it'd be easier to do that on Illustrator, because of the tools, and it's made for that so there is some advantages, but that doesn't mean you can't do that on Photoshop either, just probably take you longer etc.


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Post by IsiizFlowerZz on Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:48 pm

i use photoshop cs or paint.
: )

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Post by heidi02 on Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:40 pm

Yes that's so true guys. It pretty much does come done to whether or not you have good artistic abilities. If you are good at art it won't matter that much what program you use. I've downloaded Gimp and it's really good

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Post by Luv on Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:14 pm

And it's not just being a good artist, either.

When I first starting using Gimp - well, let's just say my digital ability couldn't match up to what I could do with a pencil and paper (and it still doesn't. Just moreso back then.) If you don't know what all the tools do, how to use them, you won't be as impressed with your results.

So knowing how to use the program correctly is a big factor.

Read up on some tutorials on how to use the programs. You'll be surprised on how great a free program can be.

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Post by heidi02 on Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:02 am

Yeah now that I think about it, that's true too. I guess it's mostly based on your own individual creativity and ideas. Because there are no tutorials to teach you how to be creative and have amazing ideas, you know? Programs and editors are just things you use to enhance that creativity that you have.

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Post by Anita on Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:20 am

I use Gimp and Photofiltre.

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Post by Luv on Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:34 am

Genuine creative is not taught, very true.

There are classes to teach people attractive designs and such, though, at least.

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Post by Bear on Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:36 am

heidi02 wrote:Yeah now that I think about it, that's true too. I guess it's mostly based on your own individual creativity and ideas. Because there are no tutorials to teach you how to be creative and have amazing ideas, you know? Programs and editors are just things you use to enhance that creativity that you have.

There actually are tutorials that teach you how to make a graphic or something on the program, I suggest you follow the tutorials, because you get use to using the program and gain "experience", know how to use the tools etc. That could also "inspire" you.

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