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Old Oct 21, 2010, 6:23 PM   #11
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Old Nov 25, 2010, 6:11 PM   #12
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Not necessarily. GIMP is full-featured but IMO has a higher learning curve than PS and is therefore not as user-friendly.

Paint.net is a free one that comes to mind that is pretty user friendly. It has seemingly endless add-ons that you can download for free and add to it to do things that aren't built in.
LOL, It was the exact opposite for me, I have never been able to
master Photoshop, I even find Photoshop Elements hard to use, but
I picked up Gimp and never had any problems, and I love Paint.net
and Inkscape for drawing, I also use IrfanView for simple things
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one question... what works best with mac computers
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Old Nov 29, 2010, 2:41 AM   #14
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aperture 3 works well on mac, but it is not free.

But gimp and picasa are free, and are okay on the mac.
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thanks shoturtle!
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Assuming the Canon P&S doesn't have a raw mode anyway, I would suggest Capture NX2 and using the raw mode with your D5000. Capture NX2 has a very nice model for working with images that is a LOT more user-friendly than layers. And, with the D5000, you will have complete access to the raw data if you want it or the ability to just convert the raw into the same jpeg you would have gotten out of the camera if you don't want to tweak the image. As with most such programs, you can download Capture NX2 for a month free trial to see if it does what you want. I would suggest that you pick up Mike Hagen's book http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Capture-...1038272&sr=1-1 It will teach you what you need to know to get the most out of the program.
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I have loaded the gimp on my imac (first imac ) and quite pleased it has the ufraw converter with it windows was a plugin. I have used gimp for a bit it is ok to use and all the help you need is on the net youtube is great source
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I also struggle with pp but found picnik very very easy to use.
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