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Doodler

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Hello, I'm a total newbie here, thankyou in advance for any advice you have.
I'm starting to work as an illustrator. So far all my work has been hand drawn and coloured but it is becoming obvious to me that I need to start working digitally.
I have an ancient MacBook which isn't capable of running photoshop (or gimp etc) so I need to buy something new. I can't afford to go apple so I'm looking at laptops that run windows.
Problem is that I really don't know what to look for, and I'm on a very low budget (£700 max...)
Would this laptop do the job? I'm just wanting to clean up and colour drawings, I won't be doing anything 3d at all.
http://m.johnlewis.com/mt/www.johnl...n_jtt_v_from_product=un_product_5#page_loaded
 

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Hello, I am sure people with more hardware experience will write you later, so just few points in the beginning. It surprises me they do not specify the CPU, when I checked it is a difference whether it is AMD A10-7800, AMD A10-6800 or any other. Do you plan external monitor ? 15.6" is the lower limit for graphic work, I prefer larger.
Best regards,
Peter
 

IamSam

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Hello and welcome to PSG.

What version of Photoshop are you planning on using with a new laptop?

The Ps version will dictate the requirements of the actual computer. Then the question can be answered as to whether or not the laptop you have linked to will be suitable for the job.

Here are the System requirements for Photoshop: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/system-requirements.html
 

Doodler

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Thankyou.
I'm assuming it will be the newest photoshop, can you still get older versions? An older version would probably be better for me as someone who only wants to do relatively simple things.

The specs you gave say I need a Intel® Core 2 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor; 2 GHz or faster processor
Is a 'Quad-core AMD A10-7300
Processor with speed 1.9GHz to 3.2GHz with Turbo Boost' enough? Or will it be slow to work with?

What does 'OpenGL 2.0–capable system' mean?

I am planning on just using the laptop screen to start, but am aware I will probably need a larger monitor once I've figured out what I'm doing.

Thankyou for your help.
 

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Here's 2 Laptops with better specs, the first one comes with an 256GB SSD
Both come with 2GB dedicated Graphics Cards and an Intel Icore5 Processor

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/compu...k-15-6-laptop-brushed-metal-10138280-pdt.html
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/compu...j-15-6-laptop-brushed-metal-10138287-pdt.html

Info about OpenGL here
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-cc-gpu-card-faq.html

"can you still get older versions?"
As far as I'm aware Adobe have stopped selling Photoshop CS6 and older versions although you could probably get them on ebay and others sources but I wouldn't recommend going down that route
http://prodesigntools.com/dont-buy-adobe-software-on-ebay-craigslist-or-amazon-marketplace.html
 
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