TR Forum Tidings: Cheap Photoshop alternatives

Adobe's Photoshop image editing software is so popular that the verb form of its name has entered into pop culture. However, with a $600 price tag, the software is hardly accessible to folks who need to create hilarious image macros from pictures of cats, and it's still a major investment for small businesses. The issue of pricing has pushed TR forum member Sativa to post a thread in our General Software forum asking for a more affordable piece of software that delivers similar functionality.

So far, other forum gerbils have recommended GIMP, Google Picasa, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Paint.NET, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and Corel Paint Shop Pro—although Sativa says his experiences with Corel's image editing software haven't been great. Another interesting suggestion is, a suite of web-based tools that looks promising, although currently still in development and only available as part of a closed beta testing program.

What software do you use for photo editing? Did you scavenge an old copy of Photoshop from your workplace or university? Are you an avid open-source software user well versed in the strange and unfamiliar workings of GIMP? Or did you just cough up a few bucks for cheaper software like Paint Shop Pro? Whatever you use, feel free to hit Sativa's thread with your suggestions. Don't forget to register a forum account first if you don't already have one.

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