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Graham Dean
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At the moment I only have Paint, which is the basic image editing programme which comes preinstalled.

I've been getting into making my own redesigns for pnp or oop games, but I'm limited as to the effects I can achieve with the software I have.

For example in this image the same background has had the colours changed so that the same background appears in red, blue, yellow etc.



Also, at the moment I can't save an image with a transparent background, which means that I have to use matt (single colour) backgrounds instead of more complicated styles.

I'd like to do better images, but I can't afford to buy anything. Can anyone recommend any freeware for a standard PC which I could use which does these things?

Thanks in advance.
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Gimp is what you need

www.gimp.org

I pretty much used Gimp (and PowerPoint) to do my game Triumvirate, the art on that came out pretty good for my limited artisitc capabilities.

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"The GIMP": http://www.gimp.org

great little tool, very similar to Photoshop.
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I'm no expert on the subject, but The Gimp seems to be highly recommended:

http://www.gimp.org/

A friend likes to use inkscape (which seems a little lighter and sleeker, also uses vektor graphics instead of images):

http://www.inkscape.org/?lang=en&css=css/base.css

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The Gimp would be my first choice as well, for something with power along the lines of PhotoShop.

You might also want to take a look at the Draw program that is part of the OpenOffice suite...

http://www.openoffice.org/product/draw.html
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I like Paint.Net:

http://www.getpaint.net/
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All good posts.

I like Gimp for Raster images (think Photoshop)--which is it's purpose (Raster = photos, jpgs, pngs, etc.).

Inkscape is for vector graphics and is pretty much gaining my attention as I play with it (coming from Illustrator and Flash).

Learning them is the tougher bit when starting cold. There is a Beginning GIMP book from...holly crap just blanked...the yellow and black books...Apress?

And Inkscape has a number of tutorials where people do some very cool things. Be willing to learn and you can pull of some very cool stuff. Plus, should you go truly open source, they'll work the same in Linux.

Open Office is very worth it as well, though I've been reading alot about RTF formats (Rich Text Formats) having quirks...it's still a damn nice and free suite.

My personal experimentation with them is driven simply by a desire to try new things and to save a ton of cash. JavaFX is next to see how it works compared to Flash/Flex. Never hurts to have exposure to all these things....you know?

Good luck!
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I did these recently using Inkscape primarily but occasionally using GIMP:

http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/46523

http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/46519

http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/46518

http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/46517

You might grab the SVG's and play around with Inkscape just to see what it can do.
 
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Here's a previous thread with lots of links:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/345848
 
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i use irfan view

its lite and really easy to use

http://download.cnet.com/IrfanView/3000-2192_4-10021962.html...
 
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jakemelone wrote:
i use irfan view

its lite and really easy to use

http://download.cnet.com/IrfanView/3000-2192_4-10021962.html...

I've heard of irfan view, but I didn't think it could do the effects (from the original post) which I was after. Can it?
 
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I use Photofiltre:
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/photofiltre.html
Clear and Powerful.
Great features.
Easy tu use.

Here are some examples:




 
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gimp and paint.net are two strong image editors.
 
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Irfanview is more of an image manipulator than a creator. It's great for photos that need work or when you want to do some neat things, but I think it's more limited than you need. I've mostly cropped and corrected colors with it, but Photoshop/GIMP are better to really manipulate images.
 
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