Which tools do you use for your graphics if you are not a graphic designer?

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  1. frank100, Sep 10, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2012

    frank100 macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2012
    After some time googling around, I still cannot find a good tool for a problem I guess that most iOS and Mac programmers have. Most of the icons I deal with are in PNG format, but you know, that is not a good format if you want to resize, specially whenever I want an extra small version for a table cell.

    On the other hand there are also free icons in PSD, and usually the format given by most graphic designers.

    I own Pixelmator and it suits my editing needs... except when it comes to resizing icons because of its awful vector graphic support. I don't want to buy Photoshop because Pixelmator does everything else I need, however I am usually stuck with a PSD file and unable to cut / resize the icon I want.

    I have seen many vectorial and/or vector graphics tool, but when working with icons I usually just want to cut / resize an icon from a PSD file with vector graphics. What do you use for you icons? What is out there at a reasonable price if you just want to resize? I have some tools that helps you to get the right size if you want an icon for a navigation bar, push button, menu, table cell... but that is just a minor wish.

    For the people with more experience dealing with graphic designers. I could even make this question more generic: Which alternative tools (non $$$ Adobe) do you usually use to deal with the work given by graphic designers?
  2. desertman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 14, 2008
    Arizona, USA
    Your posting is a little confusing because both PNG and PSD files are pixel-based graphic files and not vector-based graphic files.

    Two good alternatives for Photoshop (= pixel-based graphic files) are GraphicConverter ($40 shareware; http://www.lemkesoft.com/content/188/graphicconverter.html) and GIMP (free; http://gimp.lisanet.de/Website/News/News.html). I know for sure that GraphicConverter can work with PSD files but I don't know whether GIMP can do it.

    Alternatives for Illustrator (vector-based graphic files) could be Inkscape (free; http://inkscape.org/), Lineform ($80 shareware; http://www.freeverse.com/mac/product/?id=6020) and Sketch ($50 shareware; http://www.bohemiancoding.com/sketch/)

    It would be great if you could post some of your experiences here if you try any of these applications.

    Greetings - desertman
  3. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Clearly state your budget. Don't just assume that your notion of reasonable is universal. For many, Adobe apps are reasonable.
  4. frank100 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2012
    considering I just want a tool to resize I would not like to spend more than 20$ for only that feature. Looking at low end graphic tools I could conceive buying a program for no more than 100$

    Photoshop alone ranges between 700$ and 1300$ and that does not seem an acceptable price range for a tool I might need no more than one hour every month. I would be ok with the >3,000$ of the whole suite if I were using it 8 hours a day.


    well, I know that PNG is a pixel-based graphic format. However I thought that PSD can be pixel-based or vector-based, unless of course, I am confused with Adobe Illustrator files.

    I do have seen some packages icons which claim to be vector-PSD files, however they do pixelate when resizing with Gimp or Pixelmator
  5. aarond12 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    My non-graphic artist friend uses Adobe Fireworks for a lot of his graphic needs. PhotoShop is way beyond him, if that gives you an idea of Firework's skill level. :D
  6. desertman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 14, 2008
    Arizona, USA
    Why do you use pixel-oriented applications for (allegedly) vector-based files? No wonder that they pixelate.

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