How many here DON'T use Photoshop

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How many here DON'T use Photoshop

  1. I use Photoshop

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  2. I use an alternative

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  1. Ian Grant

    Ian Grant Active Member Registered User

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    I've noticed GIMP improve significantly recently, I did trial and early Beta of Version 3 some time and and older computer ago, that will be a very significant when it's eventually rolled out.

    In the past I've used CorelDraw for small book and catalogues which go to the printers in PDF format. Corel had an excellent program Ventura which was slightly better than InDesign but they dropped it in 2002, I'd consider Affinity Publisher but first must try Scribus which many seem to like.

    If Adobe were to offer a Student/Home version of their Creative Suite I'd be interested, essentially that's what Corel do with their CorelDraw suite and it's more powerful than the Serif (Affinity) alternatives.

    Ian
     
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    David M Well-Known Member Registered User

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    Adobe do offer student versions, but you have to be a student and be able to prove it.
     
  3. Ian Grant

    Ian Grant Active Member Registered User

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    That's where Corel differ as their license is for Student and Home use and is a fraction of the full price, there are some features not available but none that I'd miss.

    Ian
     
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    Hello from France, coming really exceeding late to this discussion!
    I do not know if there is an English equivalent (as the saying goes) to the French « Mieux vaut tard que jamais » , but here I am, 9 months later ;)

    I've been using linux machines for 20 years now, and I never considered to use any software, be it commercial or free, for my personnal use, outside linux.
    I was lucky enough in this period, to work for an employer who did not demand any M....ft (horresco referens) software.
    Hence I've only used linux for my job as well; since 1998. Before that, I used UNIX workstations.
    For a short time (nobody is perfect) before the UNIX workstations, I did use PC-236 and -386 machines under MS-DOS (horresco referens, again), but as soon as linux became available, I switched to linux and I've never considered anything else.

    Hence I've been a happy user of GIMP with linux for at least 10 years now.

    Now that GIMP 2.10 is able to handle as many bits per pixels as you could dream, and taking into account that, to date, I only use 5% of GIMP features, I'm really not ready to pay for anything, be it cheap, claimed to be "the standard that everybody uses".
    I was trained to frame and expose my film images without any post-processing. Since the sixties, with the 620-rollfilm 6x9 cm camera given to me by my my grandfather.
    I'm trained to use film cameras since the sixties of the last century, and I've been continuing so since the Great Collapse of Film Cameras at the beginning of this millenium.
    Hence the arguments regarding "the standard that everybody uses" have little chance to make me reconsider my photographic tools, even if they are related to the brilliant world of computer / digital / post-processing / inkjet printing ;)
    I do not sell my images, I never considered to get any revenue from my images. I live totally outside the professionnal competition, as far as images are concerned.
    The idea that I could be immediately pushed out of business by not using "standard production tools that everybody uses" is simply irrelevant to me.

    Hence, in 2018, the very few features of digital processing that I use are generously provided by GIMP at no cost, and I use it seriously only for colour digitised images that I create from film shots.
    For my B&W work, darkroom, enlarger and photo-chemistry should be the rule, if I had enough time (this is another story).
    The only digital post-processing operations that I use are: cropping, rotating, lightly fiddling with contrast and colour curves, and perspective correction when I am lazy enough to use a hand-held camera with no movements instead of using my faithful view camera (shame on me).

    For sure, from time to time, for a joke to be posted on my favourite forums, I succumb to the temptation of creating digital images by cutting / pasting images and playing with them before posting the results to illustrate a message on my favourite photographic discussion forums.
    But this is not photography. This is simply playing with pixels, just for fun.
    A freeware under linux is perfect for this purpose, no need at all for any expensive commercial software ;)
     
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    "Better late than never" - and I may say more myself later :D
     
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    I still use Unix on all my computers; or, at least, MacOS, which derives from Darwin, which derives from NeXTSTEP, which derives from FreeBSD, which derives from Unix (or something like that)

    The difference between macOS and Linux is I don't have to be a sandal-wearing, beard-growing geek to know how to use macOS ;):)o_O

    As fo W*****s, or M*******t in general, if I really have to use it (like for programming for W*****s), I have a virtual machine running in Parallels on my Mac; thus ensuring that, when W*****s inevitable screws itself up, all I have to do is close Parallels, copy a backup of the VM and get going again. In the meantime, I have a fully working Mac for everything else
     

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