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Recommended Software For A Windows Web Designer

Image Editor

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GimpShop (free) Corel Paintshop Photo Pro X3 Adobe Photoshop CS4

While I've played with GimpShop and Corel Paintshop Photo Pro X3, I'm afraid I can't substitute for the industry leader in this category. I've owned various versions of Photoshop since 3.0 (~1994). Consequently, other image editors feel awkward because different software has different workflows.

My recommendation is to buy the newest version of Photoshop CSx you can afford, even if that means purchasing a copy of CS1 through eBay. And you can bypass Photoshop's steep learning curve by purchasing training through Lynda.com. You'll be thankful you did!

Conclusion: While Paintshop Photo Pro X3 and GimpShop are fine to start with, eventually you will want to migrate to the industry leader and buy PhotoShop CS4.

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