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    I want to use some of my photos but need to manipulate them first. I have absolutely no idea about the software that is available so I thought I'd ask here and then do lots of research based on your experiences.

    Initially I just want to isolate areas of a photo, like cutting a flower off its background. But I have a sneaking suspicion I will want to do more fairly quickly!

    Any suggestions?
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    I use Irfanview which is free and very comprehensive. Just google it and you'll find it.
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    • #3
      I love photoshop, I've used it for years myself and also done a couple of courses in it throughout my art schooling. There's so much you can do with it, even after all these years I'm still learning new tricks, and the latest version is supposed to be incredible, but it is ridiculously expensive. I haven't really used any other photo manipulation software apart from that, but I'm sure there'll be cheaper and maybe even free versions out there. Not sure how they measure up to Photoshop, but price-wise will be a lot lot better!
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      • #4
        Have a look at Picmonkey....I love them and use it for all my pics on the's really easy to use. Google them and go play!!! Xxx
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          Freebies first and then expensive stuff if necessary.

          I shall get playing
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          • #6
            a program called g.i.m.p. is like photoshop but free.
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              I was about to suggest gimp! I used photoshop for years - then my laptop died and I lost it (had lost the disc) so I ended up using gimp. Have been using it now for approx 2 years on a mac and windows and can fully recommend it. It does all the basics that it seems you would like to do plus all the more complex stuff that photoshop will.

              It is laid out differently but I chose the free pretty much the same version over spending hundreds on ps. Although I would buy the whole adobe suite if I had the moneys... Perhaps if enough of my paintings sell I can wish?!

              If you need any help with gimp give me a shout but it's one of those things you just have to spend a while playing with to get to know what it can do - I discover something new everyday!



              • #8
                Thank you, all.

                I had heard of G i m p but had not realised it did all of that.

                I can see I have a lot of playing to do
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                • #9
                  If you dont have photoshot or light room I suggest downloading its free and theres loads of effects to use


                  • #10
                    As I finish the day job for summer I shall be playing with some piccies after the weekend.

                    I'll let you all know how it goes - I'll try to remember to blog it, you never know someone might find it useful!

                    Thanks, SamWise (love the name by the way), I'll add it to the list of look ats!
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                    • #11
                      Just my two cents on this as I feel it might be useful. Some pictures to date I haven't modified due to the SLR doing that quite a bit for me. However I do use photoshop for most stuff but if I don't have access to it then I use windows live photo gallery to edit stuff. It's quick, simple and really effective. It's truly amazing what you can do with some free software. If your really going to sell using pictures then get a decent camera with lots of mega pixels or even a slr but I only suggest that if you know a lot about the features etc.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks. The slr is a wedding anniversary/birthday pressie later this year. I'm hoping it will do most of the work for me, but know that I may want to do some manipulating, so I am practising with my snappy pics.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Loody View Post
                          Have a look at Picmonkey....I love them and use it for all my pics on the's really easy to use. Google them and go play!!! Xxx
                          I love Picmonkey! I find it faster than using a PC based editing package... the fact that you can just drag and drop your photo onto it and then play is awesome!

                          Have you tried the collages? They even have templates setup for doing your Facebook pages etc.

                          Great stuff!

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                          • #14
                            I would also suggest gimp. It's pretty similar to Photoshop except it is free! Obviously it is best to start off with the free stuff until you find what sort of thing you're looking to do but for doing what you say in your original post, I think gimp would be fine. There are loads of tutorials out there if you're not sure where to start
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                            • #15
                              I like GIMP too, although it can be a little difficult to learn. A lot cheaper than photoshop anyway!
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