Re: Re: Resizing a large landscape type photo to a smaller size help
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The Gimp is actually considered one of the more difficult pieces of software. Excellent but with a steep learning curve. Photoshop is also difficult but a bit more what people are used to using (actual window and such). You are probably going to have to commit to reading some books or watching some movies in order to accomplish much with any of them. I've also used Photoshop Elements which I liked much better in its initial versions but not its later versions. At one time I would have recommended you get into that instead but no longer. Ages ago i used to use Paint Shop Pro. Actually, that might have been perfect for you but I have no idea what it has evolved to in recent years. it is not expensive and is certainly easier to use than anything i've mentioned thus far. picasa is good and free but very limited as to what it does in image editing. I'm going to quote Gizmo for the remainder. He has the best monthly newsletter which is either free or $10 a year for extra free software. I pay him the $10! Anyway this is what he has to say if you want a free image editor. Best Free Digital Image Editor Updated December 21, 2006 I use to recommend The Gimp  but after dozens of letters from newbies who couldn't manage to install it or work out the idiosyncratic user interface, I've decided to confine that recommendation to more experienced users. If that's you and you patient enough to learn the product's sometimes quaint ways then you may not need to consider anything else. If you are used to Photoshop you might like to look at GIMPShop  , which changes the user interface of GIMP to something more familiar though frankly, I prefer the original. For other less experienced users there is Paint.net, an amazingly sophisticated piece of work from computer science students at Washington State University. It's not quite as powerful as The Gimp but a lot easier to use and install. It's also getting better; the new V3 beta continues this product's impressive development record. However V2.x is only for Windows 2000 while V3 requires XP SP2. You will also need Microsoft's bulky .NET framework installed on your PC. Another possibility is PhotoPlus 6.0 from a company called Serif  . It's an impressive piece of work; again it installs easily and it's loaded with features including layer support. In fact, it looks and feels like a "lite" and slightly clunky version of Adobe PhotoShop. Note: You need to register with your email address to get PhotoPlus and you may receive promotional material as a result. Recently I've had a lot of positive reader feedback about a French product called PhotoFiltre . It's available in a number of languages including English and ( for a digital editor) is a tiny 1.6MB download. Like PhotoPlus it looks and works like an old version of PhotoShop. It can read and save files to JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, PNG, RLE, comes with an impressive range of tools, brushes and filters. However it can't handle layers. That said, it offers a lot of functionality for a small program." =>index  http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html (7.7MB)  http://www.gimpshop.net/ (7.4MB)  http://getpaint.net/index2.html Freeware, Win2K and later, 3.6MB  http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/software/PhotoPlus/default.aspFreeware, all Windows, 19.4MB  http://www.photofiltre.com/ Free for personal use, Windows 98 and later, 1.6MB The absolute best suggestion I can make to any of you is to subscribe to Gizmo's letter ASAP: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best_46_free_utilities.htm#21 i may be only intermittently on this listl I just had colon cancer surgeryl I needed 4 blood trasfusions due to severe anemia due to huge internal blood loss. I am starting up chemo shortly. i am in a huge state of recovery as I had to have a bowel resection that cost me the loss of 15" of my colon. so i will probably not be able to read all of the emails that come through, caught in an early stage though and no lymphe node spread, my prognosus is very good. I am probably going to have to use the website for gimpi and read select messags there instead of getting so much email in my inbox. carol .