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  • sonicth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The problem with Gimp is ugh, the problem with any open software.

    The thing is that Photoshop lets you get the job done, whether you are advanced (it seems to me) or just want to pack the layers for GLSL shader.

    I tried to use Gimp - yes it has plenty of functionality, even more than Photoshop i would say but i found myself looping with frustration to get a certain effect i could do naturally with Pshp (something to do with painting over selection mask channel).

    Its like difference between OS X and Linux - linux has the alot of functionality. But I want something tested and workable where i can just press the power button and do the work! That's why i've never bothered to install Linux on my ibook (i use Fink and macports to get all my fav unix tools :D)

    I know some things like Apache, and Subversion work, because they are modular and do not rely on a complex interaction, and... feel free to speculate on other reasons.

    Problem with complex GUI software is that people only do what they feel like depending how tired they are done with the day jobs. Things like usability consistency etc. are complex processes and nobody is willing to do a full-time job for free!
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (25,625 points)
    Rune Neesgaard wrote:
    Thanks for the suggestions all. I will look into them all. Gimp doesn't seem to be my cup of tea either (sorry Floba :)), but Pixelmator seems worth looking more into.


    Download the trial first and see if you like it. It is a very pretty, modern, appealing, and ultimately incredibly frustrating interface. I bought Pixelmator hoping to get away from Adobe myself. Now I'm happily back in the fold with Elements 6.

    Just what do you want to do that Photoshop or Photoshop Elements can't do? That should help to narrow down your options (to almost zero).

    The only other tool that I would recommend as having features that Photoshop does not is Corel Painter. It isn't cheap. It is cheaper than Photoshop but more than Elements. I can do some wonderful things that Elements cannot. But then, it also can't do some basic things that any freeware image editing tool can do. Supposedly it can, but they just don't work. It would be infuriating if I didn't have Elements to handle those details.
  • Rune Neesgaard Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    "...and ultimately incredibly frustrating interface".

    Why is it frustrating you think? I think it looks nice at first sight, but I haven't used it for long so maybe I'll end up getting tired of it to.

    It's not that I want to do things that Photoshop can't - I just don't like the interface of Elements. But it seems that unless I want to use all my savings I'll have to buy Elements 6 (or maybe Pixelmator).
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (25,625 points)
    Rune Neesgaard wrote:
    Why is it frustrating you think? I think it looks nice at first sight, but I haven't used it for long so maybe I'll end up getting tired of it to.


    It isn't that I got tired of it. I tried the fancy interface on some real files. The work nice on small files but it locks up (with beachball) on bigger files. And those lockups happen on operations where you didn't expect it and there is no progress bar. You just have to wait until the beachball goes away.
  • Rune Neesgaard Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Okay. Yeah, well, that does sound very annoying. It seems as if Elements is the only proper solution if I don't want to pay a lot of money (for me at least). And who knows, maybe I'll like the interface in 7.0 whenever that gets out But I will still give all the suggestions a go.

    Thanks for the help all!
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