FREE Alternative To Adobe Photoshop

Last Update: January 31, 2014

Hello WA Members!

You can do some cool graphics with Adobe Photoshop but it doesn't come cheap.

So, for us thrifty and resourceful Internet Marketers, FREE is always good.

Now there is a learning curve, but if you love to create graphics, banners, edit photos, or to anything "artsy," you'll have a blast learning about what it can do.

The first alternative is Gimp and can be found here:

http://www.gimp.org/

They have tutorials there as well under "Documentation."

The second Photoshop alternative is Paint.net

http://www.getpaint.net/

Here's where you can find a list of Plugins for Paint.net. Plugins make it easy to create cool effects

http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/15260-plugin-index/.

Here's a quick tutorial on how to make a Banner with Pain.net

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjjDy7qHPz0

Go to Morgue File for free images you can use in your banners. Double check the License Terms but most are all FREE to use, even Commercially, with NO Attribution Required.

Pixabay has some nice pictures too. Just produce something and put it where your target audience is hanging out, i.e. Facebook groups

Have fun, but I warn you, it can get pretty addicting:)

-Charles

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nomda ploom Premium
I like Morguefile too, that's for sure- and it is great not having to worry about the attribution side of things as well-provided you pick the right image...
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Lou47 Premium
I'll use Paint.net anytime over Gimp. Easier and powerful.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, there is a bunch of awesome web based ones out there now giving us many choices for image editing.
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SquidooSlfMstr Premium
Only bummer is GIMP is more .psd file friendly, yes? I know Paint.net has a plugin to open .psd files but the editing is limited. Or, do you know something I don't? :)
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Lou47 Premium
Gimp is great...it's just was too difficult for me to understaynd . With all the Plugins for Paint.net you can do almost anything. I added a plugin called Text pro (paid) that does wonders in fonts for headers and logos.

Louis
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SquidooSlfMstr Premium
Thanks Louis, I'll check out the Text plugin.

Do you edit a lot of .psd files with Paint.net? I had problems on some big .psd files. It would freeze/ hang my paint.net for some reason. I'm afraid to open those files.
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Lou47 Premium
I guess I am not as advanced as you SquidooslfMstr. I don't use psd files at all. But all my header, graphic and banner work is done in Paint.net. The the main thing I use it for.

And yes...check out that Text Pro plugin. It is awesome. Makes Header design easy.
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Lou47 Premium
But am definitely going to re-download Gimp and start getting a feel for it. Thanks for your instruction.
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'll check these out!
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SquidooSlfMstr Premium
WARNING: these graphic editors can be addicting:)
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Sielke Premium
Also check out http://www.aviary.com/, when I was deployed on government computers I couldn't install anything and used Aviary as my Photoshop alternative.
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SquidooSlfMstr Premium
Hey Kyle:

You've proved there is another benefit of putting out information and tutorials. If there's another way to do something, ESPECIALLY it it's better, faster, easier, or cheaper, the Original Poster will learn from comments (like yours). Thanks, I'll check that out.

TIP: Those are always great marketing words to use>>> better, faster, easier, or cheaper

OK, I have to get some sleep:( See you all later.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, absolutely. The powerful thing about posting stuff is that you can get collective input. There are 100 different ways to do things in the wild west that we call the Internet and having a discussion about certain topics can add some solidarity. :)

One thing that I forgot to add is that I use SnagIt for all my screenshots and tutorials...it is a wonderful tool,but it is also a paid one (they have a 30 day trial if you want to check it out). I know some others here are using it and find it useful...and something that anyone looking to produce quality screenshots efficiently might want to check out.
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Kyle Premium
Awesome suggestions Charles! Although we typically use photoshop for more elaborate projects, I have used some of the free editors out there. Pixlr is a good one.

http://www.pixlr.com

These sorts of editors can be used to compress image size as well (speed up site) as well as edit screenshots that you take for the purpose of tutorials or training that you create here within the Open Education Project.
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