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    Which web-graphics program do you recommend for a personal web site. I do not wish to spend over $150 (US), if possible.

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    Hi,
    Well I would recomend macromedia fireworks but it's $250 dollars. If you want to try it ou can download a trail at http://www.macromedia.com

    Justin Sampson

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    Don't get too close, I bite! Nicky's Avatar
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    You might want to check out this thread for a discussion on Adobe Photoshop versus paint Shop Pro:
    http://www.sitepointforums.com/showt...threadid=10139

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    If a person is a student, they can get Fireworks for $99 (or Dreamworks and Fireworks together for $149).

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    How do you take advantage of the $99 FireWorks student rate?

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    I went through a company called Software Showcase (at http://www.softwareshowcase.com ). I had to fax them a copy of my class schedule (though they accept many other items as proof of student status), but it was no problem to do that.

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    I'd recommend Adobe Photoshop over anything! I'd definitely check out the following URL...

    http://www.softwareshowcase.com/6881.htm

    Now that's a good deal! Everything you need to start at being a graphic designer...

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    if you are looking for a cheap program try paint shop pro...it's under $100. If you are wanting to start off on designing graphics get a hold of someone that has the frontpage 98 or 2000 disk. You can get Image Composer from that and you dont have to pay anything. Good way to get your feet wet before diving in.

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    Yes, I would definitely go with Painshop Pro since you can't afford Photoshop. It is the next best choice and while it isn't as good as Photoshop, it is certaintly good enough to produce quality graphics.

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    I concur with mjames86 and spdrcr. Paint Shop Pro is the way to go for your price range. I've used it for about a year, and it's great. Obviously, Photoshop is the standard, but it's out of your (and my!) price range.

    Version 7 of PSP adds a bunch of new stuff, and is definitely worth checking out. You can download a free trial from Jasc.

    m.

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    You should really check out "XaraX" the new vector based illustration package.. excellent for creating buttons/pics etc.. free trail on http://www.xara.com !
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    paintshop pro rules, and it will do vector graphics too

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    For a UK student, you can get Fireworks through the Chest program at http://www.chest.ac.uk - you'll need to get written confirmation from your educational establishment before they'll give you the software though.

    You're also not supposed to use it for commercial work.

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    Don't get too close, I bite! Nicky's Avatar
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    Ady, thanks for that link I have just bookmarked it, looks extrememly interesting and useful for us in the UK.

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    Further info!

    Have a look at http://www.pugh.co.uk/index.htm - towards the bottom of the page there's a link saying Macromedia Student Bundle.

    "For a limited time, students / staff can buy Dreamweaver 3, Fireworks 3, Freehand 9 and Flash 5 for 199.00 ex VAT (240.29 inc VAT / P & P)."

    Almost makes me wish I had 240.29!

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    Don't get too close, I bite! Nicky's Avatar
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    Yes someone mentioned that to me. The only problem I think is that when you graduate and you want to upgrade to say "Illustrator 10" when it is released, not only do you have to pay for the upgrade but you have to pay the student discount that you received in the first place!

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    I have recently acquired PhotoImpact 6.0 from ULead http://www.ulead.com and really like it over Fireworks. Price $99.95
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    I've used Fireworks 3.0, and it's pretty good. $200 is quite a bit, though. I'd recommend Paint Shop Pro 7.0, around $100 from http://www.jasc.com - quite a program, and sufficient for most graphics creation, unless you fancy yourself an intermediate or significantly above that.

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    Just to add my two-cents worth to the discussion...

    I agree with several others, that for $150 and under, Paint Shop Pro by JASC is hard to beat. Image Composer comes free with FrontPage and is fine for personal sites, if you are looking to stretch your money.

    Another company to try is Satori. They make several programs for under $150 that produce excellent graphics. You can find them at http://www.satoripaint.com/ if interested.

    They currenty have Satori PhotoXL v2.29 as a free download I believe. It makes high quality graphics, but doesn't save in the .gif format, though it does in .jpg format, as well as .png, .bmp, photoshop, targa, .tiff and others. All you need do is find a free program that converts one of those formats to .gif and you're set (Imago Web is free and works nicely).

    However, check out their high end products (available for trial download) such as WebFX 2000 and FilmFX 64. They are both in your price range and do work with the .gif format. WebFX 2000 has a great .gif optimizer by the way.

    All that said and done, I have Graphics software by Adobe, Ulead, Satori, JASC, Microsoft, and Corel...just because I'm a software packrat, and they all do one thing really well, and suck at other things. The one I use most is Paint Shop Pro, even over PhotoShop, simply because it works for about 80%-90% of all web graphics needs, is less cluttered, and not quite the memory hog.

    Or, snag a copy of the HTML editor Liquid FX...it comes with a built in graphics editor, and .gif animator, that produces decent graphics suitable for personal sites. You can get the entire Liquid FX Webmaster Suite v4.5 for $65, and find it at http://www.psylon.com if interested.

    Just some musings....

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    IBM has come out with a new photo program which I have downloaded and am trying.
    The trial version is free for 60 days.
    It is a goog way to go staring off to download the trial version of nay program you are interested in.
    That way you know whether you'll be comfortable with it.
    Also Adobe Photo Deluxe is a good starting program.
    I think you can get the trial version free.
    Nothing is foolproof for a sufficently talented fool.
    Seemingly stupid questions require the most intellegent answers.

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    I have to go with Rick12 on this one. I've just bought Xara X and I'm very impressed with what it can do. Great for logos, buttons etc.


    Saz

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    My vote definately goes to Microsoft Image Composer 1.5. The header of the SitePointForums is just one illustration of the capabilities of that program. If you need more examples I'll be happy to send some of my digital art work

    Microsoft Image Composer 1.5 is only available with the stand-alone version of FrontPage 2000.

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    If you can get Fireworks 4.0 for under $150 I would go for it! I use photoshop 6 with imageready 3.0 but it's just not as good...


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