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  1. #16
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    I'm still not clear on exactly what you're trying to do. ANY of the numerous programs we've mentioned (including ANY photo editor) can create images from scratch. It very much depends on what you want to do.

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    Someday I will get Photoshop, got to use it a couple of times and loved it. For now, I'm trying GIMP, have Sketchbook, it's ok but I still plan on Photoshop when I can.
    Sincerely, Quietone

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    I tried GIMP and couldn't figure it out no matter what I did or read about; it's like nothing I've ever seen, couldn't do a darn thing with it. Grrrr. I've been on computers for many many years; that program is one of the worst I've ever seen as far as being so VERY UN user friendly. For those who figured it out, please don't say how easy it is, it may be for you, which it fine. I had to try it anyway despite reading how difficult it is, just to see for myself. Those who said it's hard are right. I'm not blaming anyone, it's just how things go. Oh well, still saving for Photoshop while I use the other programs I have.
    Sincerely, Quietone

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    Most folks who used or tried GIMP would probably agree with you, however, the program is free open source so all you lost was time and a lot of frustration. Why not give Pixelmator a try? It's $14.99 in the Mac App store and while it's not Photoshop, you might find that it can do many of the things you need it for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    You can try LiveQuartz, that might meet your needs ...

    If you're willing to cough up $30, I think you'll find that Pixelmator is a super-powerful option that's head and shoulders above the free stuff.
    As others have mentioned, it's now $15 OR you can try it free for 30 days.

    Great forum. Questions asked.. and answered.

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    Thanks all for the advice. I just had a bad experience with Pixel Magic, was on sale at the app store, but discovered after downloading it, there's NO help file OR tech support. I could hardly figure it out, so I got a refund and deleted it. I found Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 for $63.00, (on another site), which I can almost afford, but I have to wait.

    If there's anything similar to Photoshop, the only one I know of is one that came with an old scanner, which I doubt will work on a Mac, it's still on my PC; and there may be something similar that comes with printer software, but I don't know if it works on Macs.
    Sincerely, Quietone

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    Pixelmator is not Pixel Magic and comes with a comprehensive help file and on line tutorials. I don't know why you downloaded Pixel Magic instead after the advise you received here? But if wish to spend more money and time on Photoshop Elements, that's your choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Pixelmator is not Pixel Magic and comes with a comprehensive help file and on line tutorials. I don't know why you downloaded Pixel Magic instead after the advise you received here? But if wish to spend more money and time on Photoshop Elements, that's your choice.
    It's been awhile since I read the messages here about graphics programs and forgot, or maybe my mind remembered the Pixel part only, who knows. I did remember GIMP, so that's what I tried first. I forgot about the other; should've looked on here before getting P M. My mistake. How embarrassing.
    Sincerely, Quietone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quietone View Post
    I tried GIMP and couldn't figure it out no matter what I did or read about; it's like nothing I've ever seen, couldn't do a darn thing with it. Grrrr. I've been on computers for many many years; that program is one of the worst I've ever seen as far as being so VERY UN user friendly. For those who figured it out, please don't say how easy it is, it may be for you, which it fine. I had to try it anyway despite reading how difficult it is, just to see for myself. Those who said it's hard are right. I'm not blaming anyone, it's just how things go. Oh well, still saving for Photoshop while I use the other programs I have.
    Well the problem is that GIMP is not a native OSX program. The GIMP is Photoshop for Linux, and if you use it under an environment like Gnome it would make perfect sense. Kind of like how Mac is different from PCs and so on. But of course, Linux is not known to be user friendly. Then again, last I checked Photoshop was truly expensive while Gimp is free as in beer and as in freedom. Pixelmator is the only true alternative to Photoshop in OSX.

    So having said that, I suggest that you try Inkscape which you can download from http://downloads.sourceforge.net/ink...NOWLEOPARD.dmg

    Inkscape is a software for creating "images" from scratch, by using what they call vector graphics. It is the same way Illustrator is used to create images (meaning drawing something on the computer) and has a lot of tools to help you, like aligning stuff with each other, moving objects and text around, layers, etc. Give it a try, a lot of people that come from using Paint for their basic graphic needs really have a lot to gain by investing some time in a vector graphics software.

    There is another alternative which might be the easiest of all for you and free as well, which is NeoOffice or LibreOffice. Both are based on the same source code but NeoOffice is better adapted to OSX look and feel. Then you can use the word processor or the Draw application (not sure if it still included nowadays) to create your graphics in the same way you would use Microsoft Office for such things.

    Keep in mind that all of the free software I mentioned come from the Linux camp, so don't expect picture perfect features.

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    Hi, thanks for the info. Sorry I didn't look here, wanted to acknowledge your message.
    Sincerely, Quietone

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    Pixelmator for the current price is hard to beat I had to have it don't know how many times I will use it but it used to be fifty bucks I thought anyway for 15.00 and all it does it was a no-brainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osxx View Post
    Pixelmator for the current price is hard to beat I had to have it don't know how many times I will use it but it used to be fifty bucks I thought anyway for 15.00 and all it does it was a no-brainer.
    yeah, it's got some nice features, does almost everything I need.
    Sincerely, Quietone

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