| 4:17 pm on Jun 23, 2000 (gmt 0)|
I use Photoshop, I think it's definitely the most comprehensive graphics package (not to mention v5.5 has Image Ready built in to make web graphics a snap), but if your just making something simple you could definitely get away with something cheaper.
| 4:33 pm on Jun 23, 2000 (gmt 0)|
I use PhotoImpact. As far as web graphics go I would stack it up against Photoshop anyday and it costs less than $100. I don't have anything against PhotoShop other than the price - I just couldn't ever get used to they layers thing. PhotoImpact is object based and really slick to manipulate. It also imports .PSD files and can use nearly all photoshop plug-ins.
| 4:40 pm on Jun 23, 2000 (gmt 0)|
Oilman, got an url on PhotoImpact?
| 4:45 pm on Jun 23, 2000 (gmt 0)|
I think that is a Ulead [ulead.com] product.
| 6:54 pm on Jun 23, 2000 (gmt 0)|
Ulead [ulead.com] all the way. They have some great products.
| 10:46 pm on Jun 23, 2000 (gmt 0)|
How can you not like the layers? :) Photoshop isn't cheap but that's because it does a million different things that you would probably never use it for. However I did hear that they have a stripped down version strictly for web graphics that's much more reasonable.
(you'll have to forgive me I started using photoshop in highschool and I used it throughout art school so I'm a little biased)
| 11:03 pm on Jun 23, 2000 (gmt 0)|
Paint Shop Pro here. Price is right with a fair number of features and available plugins (eye candy).
For 3d stuff, Xara3d is awesome.
| 1:22 am on Jun 24, 2000 (gmt 0)|
Using PaintShopPro most of the time for web graphics, too. It's fast and easy, if not overly featurized.
For the more sophisticated stuff: Corel 8 and Photoshop.
A neat tool for creating favicons is MicroAngelo [impactsoft.com].
For extracting icons: Icon Extractor [gregorybraun.com].
For animated graphics we use ULead's GifAnimator [webutilities.com].
Screenshots: Hardcopy [sw4you.com]
Registered Photo Impact the other day but haven't yet found the time to study the manual - I find it not that "intuitive" by itself, though I've been into graphics (DTP/WWW) for 12+ years.
| 3:27 pm on Jun 24, 2000 (gmt 0)|
I have them all just about. I still use CorelDraw (from the corel suite 8) but also have Adobe Photoshop, Ulead GifAnimator, and even the GiMP (which is pretty powerful for an open-source product). I also have micrografix's 3d program which makes nice text but needs optimizing in another program for best results.
Of course, my favourite graphics creation utility is called Seth. ;) Its effortless for me to use :)
| 6:39 pm on Jun 24, 2000 (gmt 0)|
It really depends on the graphic demands of the client.
I've worked on some fine art sites, and I don't think any software except Photoshop could possibly have produced the needed results. Even so, I needed the HVS JPEG plug-in to get a small enough file size without sacrificng appearance.
PS is also required when the client supplies funky source materials. Photos with color casts and exposure/lighting problems just scream for Adobe's help. Having a good looking product shot can be criticial for online sales.
For animation, even though I think Ulead rules, nothing beats Photoshop's layers for pre-building the frames. Bronco-busting the GIF color palette is another shining
star in Photoshop's crown.
| 4:33 pm on Jun 26, 2000 (gmt 0)|
If you want to see what PSP 6.0 can do www.pinoy7.com Richie Dumlao launched the new domain yesterday and it is impressive!