Photoshop alternative for free... GIMP?

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  1. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I looked up Seashore and it's apparently written for Mac only, but is based on the GIMP codebase and 'is still undergoing development and may contain bugs'.

    If you're wedded to Photoshop, there is a mod of Gimp called 'Gimpshop' that rearranges the UI so it looks more similar to Photoshop. If you are starting from zero with any of these programs, the learning curve will be the same so I'd stay with Gimp.

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  2. kplamann

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    Gimp is a powerful tool.

    As has been mentioned, some aspects of the user interface are a bit nerdy inasmuch as they programmed the thing more along their own ideas than common standards, but there is nothing that cannot be overcome by a little bit of getting used to.

    Also I like the open source idea.
     
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    I do graphic design work, and I am pretty fond of this https://www.photopea.com . I feel it's a step above other cloud software, and it works with PSD fies. I can do most of the daily tasks I need, and only boot up Photoshop occasionally. Its free with some ads, but I bought a license/donated because it's cheap and I wanted to support development.
     
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    NCH Photopad is excellent software from an Australian company that is easy to use. A free download is available for home use.
    https://www.nchsoftware.com/photoeditor/download-now.html

    I also use the professional version of NCH Wavepad as my audio editor. I paid $30 or 40 for it after the free trial expired. The editing capabilities are exactly what I need. I like the lossless mp3 and autoscaling. I also use crossfade when editing concerts. I had used a freeware version in the past but IMO the cost of the full featured version was nominal.
     
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    I've used Gimp and Paint.net and they're OK, but not to my liking. I have a copy a Photoshop 2 or 3, but I never use it. My goto program is an ancient copy of Paint Shop Pro v9.01, from when JASC owned it before Corel. I'll never give it up.
     
  7. stephent2

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    Photos (on a Mac) has some surprisingly powerful tools, you can the see retouch tool about half way down on the right column.

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    GIMP! I have used it for over 15 years. It will do anything you need to do and then some.
     
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    I've been using Gimp for years, on Linux and Mac. No issues. It does have a learning curve, but you can google for recipes that accomplish certain tasks, like transparent backgrounds and such. I imagine Photoshop is no different in terms of complexity.
     
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    Photoshop and GIMP are total overkill for making minor alterations. Find some YouTube tutorials about whatever the native image processing application is on your Mac—it will probably do more than she needs.
     
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    My wife's aunt volunteered to fix the photos for us. She did a wonderful job.

    We tried for a bit to do it ourselves, but as all of you know, even though it might be easy there is still an art to it. And we were not able to grasp the art level necessary in an hour or two.
     
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