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Hi guys

I'm after some image manipulation software along the lines of photoshop, but don't have the money to buy adobe's offering, and probably don't need the advanced features.

I'm happy spending a bit of money, not looking for a freebie, are there any decent alternatives available?

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Adobe Elements (http://www.adobe.com/products/photos.../overview.html) $80, Trial Available
Gimp (http://www.gimp.org/) Free

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Second vote here for Adobe Photoshop Elements.

I've been a Photoshop user since PC version 4, and these days I own both Photoshop and Elements for both PC and Mac, and I use Elements far more often.
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Yes, Elements 3.0 IMO is a great piece of software that you can get for around 70.00. If your are a student go to www.academicsuperstore.com (thing that is the link).

Another free offering is Picasso, do a google search for that one. Several people I know like that over gimp.
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If you want to create art from scratch, try out Painter IX - it's owned by Corel these days, and a free trial is available for download.

It is a killer application (at least in my book, brings me much joy every day being able to paint on my Mac), ideal for those who like to create works of art from scratch.

http://www.corel.co.uk

I know it's about 225 for the full retail version with box, manual and support.

I personally use an older version of Photoshop, v5 on the 7200 and v7 on the PowerBook; it's fine for what I need to see if you can get an older version. As a hint, if you were to say pick up Photoshop 5 for 10 ($15), you could buy the upgrade to CS2 for 149 (not sure what Adobe charges in the US).

Photoshop 7 and Painter IX are definitely my most used apps on the Mac. (Bar Word and TextWrangler..)

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Cheers guys!!

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My favorite and easier to use than PS, is Fireworks. 8 just came out. Trial on the Apple website!
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tried checking out that fireworks I can't find it for a trial run

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also PS elements has the new version out 4.0
http://store.adobe.com/products/pspr.../overview.html

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