A Free Alternative to Photoshop - but Easy to Use?

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  1. HelixOmnimedia macrumors 6502a

    HelixOmnimedia

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    Hi,

    I was wondering if someone could help me out.

    I need an application like photoshop, which is free and easy to use. I don't need it for manipulating photos or anything like that. I just want to add some text to photographs.

    Thanks for any help or guidance. Much Appreciated.
     
  2. bartelby macrumors Core

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    GimpShop is free and is pretty much the same as PS to use. Not as powerful obviously, but pretty good.

    For $60 there's Pixelmator.

    For adding text to an image see if you can get a Skitch invite.
    Actually, PM me your email and I'll send an invite.
     
  3. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with using the Gimpshop - very similar to Photoshop and totally free.
     
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  5. ctt1wbw macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the tip on Gimpshop. Downloading now. :)
     
  6. HelixOmnimedia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks to all who replied.

    I'm going to download all the programs (free ones that is :D) and give them a go.

    This should make it a lot easier. I've been using Word in the past. :eek:
     
  7. kfordham281 macrumors 6502

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    Skitch is in Public beta now so you don't need an invite. For adding quick text to images for a blog Skitch is pretty great.
     
  8. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I guess it depends on what you mean by "easy to use", as there is always some trade-off between simplicity and functionality, but I do recommend GIMP regardless. Not necessarily the eaiest to use depending what you're tying to do, but quite powerful and effective.
     
  9. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Is it?
    Excellent!
     
  10. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816

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    I got pixelmator with the macheist bundle, I dont have enough for photoshop and elements 6 isn' out yet so I thought I would give pixelmator ago, I dont do much image editing but pixelmator is so easy to use and its just as powerful as photoshop.
     

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