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    If you don't mind buying then Adobe Photoshop is a must.

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    Hi, I'm a new at making webpages and have been told that I should make a logo for my webpage. Which software would be good to use.

    Thanx in advance.
    PS: I don't mind paying for software if its good.

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    If you want it a bit cheaper you could try Paintshop Pro. This program has about the same functions for a lower price. Some people, including me, find the interface of PSP easier to work with, but that's personal.

    I've heard that Macromedia Fireworks is very good too, but I've never used it.

    Note: I've made my newest logo (at TriAxis) with Reptile. Funniest thing is that Reptile origionally is made for creating backgrounds

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    I don't think Photoshop is a must...especially if you havn't used a graphics program before (MS Paint doesn't count!).

    I personally use Paint Shop Pro 6.0 - plenty of features and a very small learning curve...Photoshop not only costs at least several hundred dollars more, but can be a pain to learn (for me, at least!).

    If you're a high level graphics designer, you'll probably need Photoshop, but for anyone below that :stands up: , Paint Shop Pro is fabulous.

    Fireworks is nice as well...costs about twice as much ($200) as PSP, but does have a few more features...and of course, a higher learning curve. I consider it smack dab in the middle of Photoshop and PSP.



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    If you're a student you can get Photoshop for around $500-$600 bucks, which isn't bad considering the quality of the program. I don't think PSP is anywhere close to the quality of Photoshop.

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    I don't think PhotoShop is that hard to learn... After a time it comes logicall :-)

    But I like Microsoft Image Composer best... AND IT'S FREE with FP2000!!!

    Or you can buy it and get FP2000 free.. your choice :-)

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    I don't know... Personally, I find it hard to stick to any one program. I usually use a combination of:

    Paint Shop Pro 6
    Adobe PhotoShop (LE)
    Microsoft PhotoDraw
    Microsoft Image Composer

    Primarily, I use the first two. I know how to do some things better in PSP, and some other things better in PhotoShop, so I do alot of copy and pasting.

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    I use Macromedia Fireworks3, and it is probably one of my best programs! I definately recommend it.

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    I use fireworks. It is a brilliant program. You can make a great looking layout for a site in an hour or two chop it up, export as html to dreamweaver, tweak it and you've got a great looking template to work with.

    It's a top class program. I have it for about 6 months and found it easy to use from the start although I have only really got into it's more powerful features recently.

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    I guess I must be cheap. I use Xara Webster for $49.
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    I like to use Illustrator to create the shapes as vectore graphics and then import into Photoshop for finishing up. Although I agree the Paint Shop Pro will do the job too.
    As to Fireworks, I don't like it I would rather slice everything up in Photoshop myself and then create the code in Notepad.

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    I really like Fireworks. I used to use PSP (probably in the 5.0 or 4.0 stage) and I remember I didn't like it. I plan on trying the newest version sometime soon.

    A demo for Fireworks, Photoshop, and PaintShop Pro is available online. I am not sure about MS Image Composer.

    freesources: Does MS Image Composer come with Office 2000 Professional (the one that has FrontPage2k in it)?

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    PhotoShop is a must, without question..

    of course there is always MS paint ... LOL

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    PhotoShop is a must, without question..
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    I think PhotoShop is only a must if you:
    A: Can afford it.
    B: Are going to use it often.

    Having PhotoShop will not instantly make someone a pro, nor will it instantly make your images outstanting. Someone that is new to graphics could probably do just as well with something much, much cheaper.

    Fireworks, could be a great program to do your logo in, since it does not cost an arm and a leg, and it is designed for doin images for the web.

    BUT, if you are going to do graphics every day, Photoshop is a must.
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    hey, I can't agree more on that ....

    A word of advice: Force yourself to use Photoshop, it will pay off in the long run because of its capabilities ..
    Originally posted by MAC
    PhotoShop is a must, without question..
    Adam
    I think PhotoShop is only a must if you:
    A: Can afford it.
    B: Are going to use it often.

    Having PhotoShop will not instantly make someone a pro, nor will it instantly make your images outstanting. Someone that is new to graphics could probably do just as well with something much, much cheaper.

    Fireworks, could be a great program to do your logo in, since it does not cost an arm and a leg, and it is designed for doin images for the web.

    BUT, if you are going to do graphics every day, Photoshop is a must.

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    Personally, I use Photoshop 5.5, Illustrator 8, Freehand 9 and fireworks - really depends on what needs doing and often I will switch between 2 or even 3.

    However, the most important component has been ignored here - the ability to create good logo's in the first place! None of the above has an intuitively good "eye", so get your logo down on good old fashioned paper first, then decide if you really need to invest silly money on a whistles and bells graphics package. You may find for your requirements that something cheap and frills free will be fine.

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    I use a mixture of Photoshop 5.5 and Paint Shop Pro 7 beta.
    I find that Paint Shop Pro is better for small and quick things, but if I am doing a layout for a site or something complex like that I will usually use Photoshop, unless I am short of time.
    I find PSP is often quicker, but PhotoShop gives somewhat better results.

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    Id have to say fireworks 3 is the best overall image design software I ever used. I didn't realy like photo shop.


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