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Linux Software Picks: Six Alternatives to Photoshop

Oct 06, 2009, 14:13 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Kraft)

"Are the Linux programs drop-in replacements for Photoshop and Illustrator? The answer could be either yes and no, depending on the way you look at it and what your needs are. If you compare the Linux alternatives to Photoshop/Illustrator feature-by-feature, the free open source tools will come up short by a significant margin and there is simply no way to get around that fact. If you actually need those features on a day-to-day basis, then you should get your wallet out and purchase Photoshop and/or Illustrator. However, if you can get by with less, the free open source software tools may be enough to get the job done and save you considerable money in the process.

"Raster Tools

"These tools are meant to work with raster (pixel-based) images. This type of image uses a matrix of dots of varying colors to create an image. Rasterized images have hard limits as to how much they can be manipulated in certain ways, but they support for more detail than vector-based artwork. Image formats like PNG, JPG, TIFF, PSD, etc. are raster-based."

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