+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9
Like Tree3Likes
  • 1 Post By Rattusrattus
  • 1 Post By ibclare
  • 1 Post By mattmorz

Thread: Is there a cheaper alternative to photoshop that has some of the features?

  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    2
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Is there a cheaper alternative to photoshop that has some of the features?

    Hi guys I am a total noob. Sorry to disappoint you photoshop fans but I am looking for some advice on a cheaper alternative to photoshop that still has some of the features I need.

    The main reason I want it is for making fairly simple posters for events for family and friends. I downloaded the photoshop free trial version an loved it but, as you will see from the attached example, I really don't think the large price tag for photoshop would be justified given that I will probably never use most of its features (I'd love to learn but simply wouldn't have the time).

    In the past id try to make these pictures using the software alreay on my computer like Word or paint, but that was just a nightmare. I need something a bit more than that and am happy to pay but photoshop just seems very expensive.

    The difficulty in asking this question is trying to list exactly which tools I would need, so I will try to just describe in a general way. Typically I'd just be getting pictures (photos) from the Internet, and some of my own, and combining them together (us this called making a composite??). So one important tool would be a way to cut an object nicely out of its background. If then need to put that onto another picture. An example might be where I have a photo of someone riding a horse and I want to he'd rid of the horse and make it look like they're riding a hippo, the hippo picture coming from the Internet. The important thing here is that it doesn't have to be perfect or seamless - I'm not trying to trick anyone into thinking the picture is real - but I just want it to look reasonably neat to friends and family, who won't really care if it looks a bit fake. The problem when I've tried to cut pictures from backgrounds using the freehand lasso tool on applications like paint is that is just looks terrible. I need something a bit cleverer than that, or something that could smooth the edges. Hopefully you know what I'm getting at here.

    apart from that, I'd need basic things like being able to rotate and resize but I'm sure that would be standard on anything you suggest?

    anyway the attachment is an example of something I did with photoshop (like putting the bacon on the geese's backs). I'd perhaps like to be a little more ambitious in future though. Does anyone have any suggestions as to some suitable software for me please?

    Ps I'd probably want to do posters between A4 and A2 size.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Is there a cheaper alternative to photoshop that has some of the features?-image.jpg  


  2. #2
    Former Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    On my desktop in Cornwall, UK
    Posts
    0
    Thanks
    327
    Thanked 175 Times in 170 Posts

    Re: Is there a cheaper alternative to photoshop that has some of the features?

    Try this...

    http://www.gimp.org/

  3. #3
    Queen Bee
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    9,899
    Thanks
    301
    Thanked 592 Times in 578 Posts

    Re: Is there a cheaper alternative to photoshop that has some of the features?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inkz View Post
    The best.

    And you might want to read this:

    Free/Cheap Alternatives to Photoshop - NEW USERS PLEASE READ
    Photoshop Gurus Site Rules

    3 Ps of PS: perseverance, practice, & play!

  4. #4
    McGuru
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Home
    Posts
    1,285
    Thanks
    42
    Thanked 65 Times in 64 Posts

    Re: Is there a cheaper alternative to photoshop that has some of the features?

    Find a student, get a BIG discount on the real deal....$199. no not cheap, but it will last for many years



    Hang up and Drive!!


  5. #5
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    2
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Is there a cheaper alternative to photoshop that has some of the features?

    Hi guys - thanks very much for the help. I gave gimp a go and it seems like it can do the job (and probably a whole lot more). The only thing was it didn't seem very keen on letting me set up an A2 size file to start off with? Anyway I ended up going with A3 as the pictures I could find probably weren't high enough resolution anyway. Here is a reduced version of the first effort at this year's goose roast poster.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Is there a cheaper alternative to photoshop that has some of the features?-small.jpg  

    ibclare likes this.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    BXU,PH
    Posts
    129
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts

    Re: Is there a cheaper alternative to photoshop that has some of the features?

    Haven't used GIMP but I saw it's interface in our school laboratory..It's almost the same with PS.

    Anyway, the poster is intended to be humorous right? :P
    NO SIG. *SIGH* BUT I HAVE A BLOG! *WINK*

  7. #7
    Queen Bee
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    9,899
    Thanks
    301
    Thanked 592 Times in 578 Posts

    Re: Is there a cheaper alternative to photoshop that has some of the features?

    I don't think so Matt. That's a photograph of a skyscraper tall goose caught by an avid photographer. I saw it on the news! Yeah right, when pigs fly . . .

    Sorry kiddo; I just couldn't resist.
    MikeMc likes this.
    Photoshop Gurus Site Rules

    3 Ps of PS: perseverance, practice, & play!

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    BXU,PH
    Posts
    129
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts

    Re: Is there a cheaper alternative to photoshop that has some of the features?

    hahaha...I knew it!
    ibclare likes this.
    NO SIG. *SIGH* BUT I HAVE A BLOG! *WINK*

  9. #9
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Lucknow, India
    Posts
    8
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Is there a cheaper alternative to photoshop that has some of the features?

    I dont know why the people dont use search button before posting any question,Search button is your best friend, this same question i have told yesterday e
    There are two best alterntive one is GIMP which is free sofware like photoshop and has all the function which photoshop have, It is free to use,
    Next option is Browser based PhotoShop Online Which is free Enjoy you can use this photoshop on any machine with internet no need to download or hassle to update

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.1.9
Copyright © 2014 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2011 Photoshop Gurus Forum. All rights reserved.
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:27 PM.