I would like some advise on which Photoshop program to get.
I have been looking at all of the different versions and read reviews but it's overwhelming and I am still unsure which one I should start with. Technical stuff is a foreign language to me. I even read that some people use one type of Photoshop with another and then there are costly extensions that don't add that much more to the existing program.
I am not a Mac user and I use Paintshop Pro 7, which I like but I'd like something better and it seems easier to find tutorials and help on Photoshop or do you suggest another program?
My needs are simple and I'm not looking to spend a lot. I'm looking mostly for a program that allows easy layering,Pngs and use of and creating your own filters for photo collage similar to what your Iphone does when using applications such as Filter Mania.
Palma- I have been told that the next best thing to Photoshop is Photoshop Elements. It has a lot of the same things as the big one but easier to use and very affordable. Also there is GIMP - free. Here's a website I found that has some free ones you might like. I was using Picnik and loved it but they are closing, dang it. I finally had a program I could use.
There are also other programs people have suggested in the posts below this website. I'm sure you will get better ideas from more members but this is what I have for now. Good luck and if you find one you like and can use LET ME KNOW! My Picnik is going, going, almost gone!
I love Picnik ,too and was very sad to hear that they are taking it down in April.
I am downloading Gimp,now. I had heard that it was good but just never got around downloading it because there are a couple of other things that I need to install to make it work that I do not understand,yet.
I will look at the other discussions regarding this topic but only found one that was more about video editing.
If you don't want to spend money and still want some freedom GIMP is another option - it has many of the features photoshop has and can be used as a cross over with other photoshop applications, I use it with Lightroom. It's a free download - it's not as pretty as Photoshop and if you are a photoshop user and move to GIMP the interface is a bit confusing but if your new to both then it's a learn as you go thing. There are lots of tutorials online to help out and you can even get a GIMP handbook on amazon if you want (there is also a gimp for photographers). Id love a Photoshop application but I just cant afford it yet so GIMP suits most of my needs.
I downloaded Gimp last week but my PC is being checked so I was unable to play with it.
I read that there is something else you have to download in order to use it with windows? Is that right?
When I opened the program it took a while to load and it gave me two windows: one contained my tools and the other a blank screen where my image will appear. Is that how it works? It's strange having to work with two separate windows on my desktop !