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    Free Image Manipulating Software

    Some people have trouble obtaining Adobe's Photoshop because it isn't free. There are some alternatives to Photoshop that are free and are very similar. Remember, I'm always open to add more programs into the list so if anyone has ideas you can always tell me about it by replying to this thread.

    Programs so far:
    • Gimp 2.4+
      Paint.net
      iScribble
      Inkscape


    http://gimp.org/
    [img]http://**********.com/img/1213372254.png[/img]

    [img]http://**********.com/img/1260017590.png[/img] Introduction
    Gimp 2.4 or higher is probably one of the most faithful representations of a GNU Image Manipulator. It has a vast array of mods, and hardware options. What else, it's multi-platform software, so even Mac OSX and Linux can run it. It's more of a do-it-yourself manipulator however, so instead of having a 'radial glow tool', you would have to duplicate the layer, apply a gaussian blur on the upper layer and then decrease the opacity slightly. Some may prefer this, but the more easy-going should stick towards Paint.net.

    [img]http://**********.com/img/1260017590.png[/img] Features
    What's really useful about Gimp is its path tool, which allows you to form shapes with curves and lines rather than attempting to draw the shape. It makes good use for vectors and professional logo design. Its vast array of selection and colour tools make good use for both image retouching and image authoring.

    Here is its supported file formats available for use. The brighter formats represent reccomended formats:


    [img]http://**********.com/img/1260017590.png[/img] Interface
    The interface is probably the most noticeable difference between Photoshop and Paint.net. The application does not run in just one window but many at once. For example one window would be for the Basic tools such as the paintbrush and magic wand tool [see image below].

    [img]http://**********.com/img/1213373111.png[/img]

    The second window would be the image you are working on, the dialogues above it would include the filter and colour tools, and the last window would be for use with the layers and history. Although this does take some getting used to, the overall result of your work will pay off.

    [img]http://**********.com/img/1260017590.png[/img] Overview

    • Very Customizeable
      Open source and multiplatformal
      Hard to get used to
      Path tools
      Very Professional
      Works with many formats

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    http://www.getpaint.net/index.html


    Introduction
    Paint.net remains the easiest to use and feels almost exactly the same as photoshop. It comes with a wide range of filters and is very Microsoft-Friendly. It's a lot more automated but not as reccomended for drawing. It is well known to get the job done quick.

    Features
    Paint.net is, as mentioned earlier, easier to use and has much more preset effects available for use. Some special effects include rendering capabilities that are far more expansive compared to its rival Gimp (for example, some tools add perspective). It's auto update feature is very handy and is what every GNU software needs. With this in mind, it remains the most stable image manipulator on the web.

    Interface
    The interface looks very nice and removes the clutter of multiple windows by adding a transparency to them. Paint.net focuses more on providing a user-friendly feel for its users. The image you are working on remains in the center of your window and is comfortable to work with. This does however affect the amount of RAM required to run it, anything under 512mb of RAM will have a slight difficulty with processing requests.

    http://www.getpaint.net/screenshots/pdn310_car.jpg

    Overview

    • Easy to use
      Windows only
      Looks terrific
      Takes up more memory
      Less clutter

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    http://iscribble.net


    iScribble is meant to be a hobby oriented drawing Application. It's one of the few capable drawing programs executable in a browser's window. It's also one of the only drawing applications that allow you to COLLABORATE drawings with other users all over the world and publish them in a gallery for others to see. It doesn't come with much tools and *undo features* but once again, it's more hobby oriented and isn't meant to draw professional digital art.

    The only disadvantages it has is the limitation towards new users. To prevent spam and worthless drawings in the gallery. Only priviledged users that comply to the certain requirements will be allowed to use blur, circle tools, publish works, and comment on them.

    See the FAQ for more details: http://www.iscribble.net/faq.html

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    http://www.inkscape.org/index.php?lang=en


    Introduction
    Inkscape is a free, and very useful multi-platform program that creates vector graphics and images. It is comparable to high dollar programs such as Adobe Illustrator. There is a slight learning curve to the program with all of it's tools and options, but with the help of some tutorials and some practice, professional work can be made with Inkscape.


    Features
    With it's useful vector tools you can shrink / increase, push vector's over with out any risk of anti-aliasing. You can also use patterns to simulate gradients, and even convert a normal image into a vector. Think of it as a much more advanced and professional alternative to Flash's drawing tools. You can also generate paths rather than drawing each manually, it works really well for hair strands and eyelashes.

    Interface
    The design and mobility of the interface is limited but it totally eliminates any possible clutter. It is fitted into only one panel and the right area of the window is for the currently selected tool's options (most of the time). It does take some getting used to due to the multiplicity of commands that can be found. But with the proper training and use it can eliminate any difficulty in using it.



    Overview

    • Very Professional
      Multi-Platform
      Wide variety of tools
      Vectors are great to work with
      Hard to get used to
      Only 33Mb
      Opens in seconds


    ipwnall: Fixed a few broken links.


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    Re: Free Image Manipulating Software

    Great stuff there Yadda. Here's Inkscape, a free vector program comparable to Adobe Illustrator.

    Link

    If you want me to, I could write a general overview for Inkscape.
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    Re: Free Image Manipulating Software

    A good opinionated introduction is always good from people who have used it. I will write up the general features and interface use included as they are usually mentioned on their website.

    I'll add that one on the list as soon as you PM me an introduction.


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    Re: Free Image Manipulating Software

    Added inkscape, special thanks for the intro Kyle.

    Remember if you think any other information should be added, every little detail helps.

    Kyle: Added two little facts to the "Overview" section for Inkscape.


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    Re: Free Image Manipulating Software

    Nice work there Yadda and Mr. Kyle. :P Neways, does inkscape have the smoothing abilty like flash? Also, do either of you know how to apply smoothing to regular brushes in GIMP?

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    Re: Free Image Manipulating Software

    Neways, does inkscape have the smoothing abilty like flash?
    Yes, it is a vectoring program. Zooming in and out will still have the image retaining it's smoothness.

    Also, do either of you know how to apply smoothing to regular brushes in GIMP?
    I don't think Gimp works with vectors. You can still have smooth edges and lines, but they have to be rasterized. So, at normal size yes, but when you zoom in, it pixelates.
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    Re: Free Image Manipulating Software

    Figures ._. Ty Kyle
    Btw, how do you use an eraser :3

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    Re: Free Image Manipulating Software

    Quote Originally Posted by stickmansam333
    Figures ._. Ty Kyle
    Btw, how do you use an eraser :3
    Can you kill yourself for asking that? You erase the part of the layer you want by click-and hold. ohmygah


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    Re: Free Image Manipulating Software

    Quote Originally Posted by Yadda
    Quote Originally Posted by stickmansam333
    Figures ._. Ty Kyle
    Btw, how do you use an eraser :3
    Can you kill yourself for asking that? You erase the part of the layer you want by click-and hold. ohmygah
    Can you give meh a hint on how to kill mahself? :P anyways, thanks

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    Re: Free Image Manipulating Software

    Do you know how i can get diffirent texts for GIMP?


 
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