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    Thumbs up What is a very good graphic designing program?

    Other than photoshop and paintshop, what is another good graphic designing program? I have tried to download photoshop and paintshop but it wont open. I need a free one. Im broke.

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    Unfortunately, with graphic editing software, you get what you paid for.

    While Photoshop is extremely pricey, there's nothing that even comes close to comparing to it, and it's worth every penny.

    Paintshop Pro is decent, so I hear. I've never used it, and never had a reason to use anything other than Photoshop, which I've been using since version 3.

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    You can try:
    10 Free Web Based Alternatives to PhotoShop

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    GIMP - An Open source program similar to PhotoShop

    I played with GIMP a little a year or so ago and it seemed a little buggy. I don't know about the other link, it just came up when I did a search.
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    I have Photoshop and Paintshop Pro, I much prefer Photoshop. I think it depends which one you learnt on. I liked Paintshop Pro's bundled Animation Shop. Since about version 6 Photoshop has bundled ImageReady to handle animations so I rarely go back to Paintshop Pro. A professional quality, powerful tool is only as good as the person operating it. Give a kid a cheap watercolor paint set or professional quality oil's, they'll make a mess either way.

    Of the free image programs Gimp and Irfanview are all I'd recommend.
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    GIMP or GIMPSHOP (which is a bit of a cludge to look menu-wise a bit more like PhotoShop)
    Well, that's the way I see it -- for the moment!

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    Here's another vote for GIMP...

    http://gimp.org/

    There are also many instructional books at your local bookstore for GIMP.

    I'll also agree with Croc WRT Irfanview. It's my default photo viewer on my system.

    http://irfanview.com/

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    I tried several programs and still prefer Photoshop. You can buy older versions from people on eBay sometimes. The free programs can be buggy. Corel Draw is great for the price, but it has a learning curve even steeper than Photoshop. Earlier versions of Corel Draw can probably be purchased on eBay, too. There are tutorials for many products as well as books. Microsoft Paint comes with Windows and may have enough features. I really haven't used it much.
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