Photoshop Alternatives?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Josh, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. Josh macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2004
    State College, PA
    Hey there,

    I use Photoshop on Windows at work, and would like to be able to work on somethings at home as well.

    The problem is, I'm a broke college student :p

    I know the Windows world has JASC Paint Shop pro, which I used before I got my Mac.

    But now that I have my iMac, it seems alternatives to PS are few and far between.

    Are there any similar programs to Paintshop Pro for mac? (excluding GIMP - its always brought up as an alternative, but is not a very good program in my opinion).

    What are my options? (besides becoming instantly wealthy lol).
  2. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    if you are a student, you can get photoshop elements for around $50... (that's cheaper than paint shop pro...)
  3. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Photoshop Elements is great. It does allow you to do many of things you could do in Paint Shop Pro. The only tool I miss: the colour replacer!
  4. KSource macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2004
    No clue about prices, but Macromedia Fireworks possibly?
  5. squall1 macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2004
    Edit, sorry, didn't read your entire post. I'd give Gimp another try, I use Jaasc Paintshop on the PC at work and there is little it does that I can't do in Gimp.

    Gimp is free, open source. Download X11, install. Download Gimp, install. Launch Gimp, X11 launches automatically I think, and you are good to go.
  6. Josh thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2004
    State College, PA
    What are the big differences between regular Photoshop and Photoshop Elements?

    Are all the tools there? Will I be able to use all the same plug-ins?

    Thanks for the info!
  7. Logik macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2004
    uh... no idea if the plugins work.. but uh... typically the good plugins are pretty expensive aren't they? :-/ you're too broke to buy photoshop but want to buy expensive plugins.. neat...
  8. Josh thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2004
    State College, PA
    Last I checked, my two favorite plugins - Xenophex and Eye Candy - were $99 bundled ;)

    Thanks for asking which plug ins I was interested in, and your assumption that I am financialy retarded is much appreciated ;)
  9. Logik macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2004
    photoshop CS is $270 at

    you're looking at alternatives but it's unlikely anything on the mac other than photoshop or maybe elements will use those plugins.. so if you want to use your plugins.. you're stuck with either of those two.. and if you want info on elements.. why not visit their website?

    well financially retarded would mean being inable to grasp the concept of looking up prices... you were able to look up the pricing on those plugins right? so why not go check out adobe's website and see if they support what you need in elements and go from there. if you can look up prices you can surely read their website right? also if you're a student then there are numerous ways to get discounts...

  10. munkle macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
    Previously posted in another thread but pasted here for your pleasure, some of the features in Photoshop that are not included in Elements are :

    CMYK and LAB color modes
    Channels Palette
    Recording Actions (for batch processing)
    Adjustments: Curves, Color Balance, Match Color
    Layer Masks, Layer Comps, and Quick Mask mode
    Extract Filter, Lens Blur Filter
    Color Replacement tool
    Pen tool and paths palette
    Some adjustment layers (curves, color balance, selective color, channel mixer)
    Editing History Log
    Text on a Path
    Advanced Layer Style manipulation
    Advanced Color Management
    Advanced Web features and ImageReady (rollovers, slicing)

    I would go with Elements if you're looking for a competent Photoshop alternative. I've never really got to grips with
    Graphic Convertor but some people swear by it, could suit your needs.
  11. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    i know it's been posted, but i think you owe us to do some of your own research.

    if you can afford $100 plug-ins, i don't think it's unreasonable for you to save up a bit and just get a full PS at an educational price... you won't beat the real thing, right?

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