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GIMP is widely recognised as a quality free alternative to Photoshop in many regards. ...but it's not considered to be particularly successful in it's approach to embracing Mac OS X application design ;) If you want something that isn't necessarily free but is at least inexpensive, then there are a number of other programs including Acorn and Pixelmator ...


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The only free alternatives I know of is GIMP. I don't like it. I don't use it, and I can't tell you anything about it. Ugly is as ugly does—and I don't find GIMP's interface conducive to creative work. If we change free to low-cost my first choice is Pixelmator. It has a clean and (relatively) intuitive interface, supports layers and, most important to me, ...


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You can also try Seashore which is a scaled down version of gimp. You can have a look at this chart they have created which compares the features of GIMP, Acorn, Photoshop Elements, Pixelmator and Seashore. Using this you will be able to find what features you need from the editor and make an informed decision whether to stick with a free solution or buy a ...


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You're well on track if you use "Don't Color Manage This Document" for your PSDs. That's part of the issue solved. And by disabling "Convert to sRGB" in the Save For Web window, you've solved another big issue (profile conversion on export shifting colours). Emailing photos isn't really the best way to do on device previews though. If you can, use something ...


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I upgraded to Lion as well last night, and I also have CS4 design premium (Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc) on a MacBook Pro, late 2008 model. You must manually reinstall the Java runtime stuff in order for the programs to open (much software update automatically began installing them after I had restarted. Please see the link: ADOBE CS4 SUPPORT FORUMS ...


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I'm currently making the transition from Lightroom over to Aperture. You are right in that Aperture is more like Lightroom than Photoshop. Its primary use is as a digital library for managing your photos, and videos. Much like iPhoto. Lightroom and Aperture both have good editing functionality and both have the ability to use plugins for expanding the ...


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From a functional standpoint, I'm not aware of any differences in the most commonly used software at all (Photoshop, etc). The only difference might be if you happen to prefer Mac OS vs Windows OS. Macs do come with some software such as iPhoto that may be seen as an advantage compared to a Windows PC. In regards to your question, this is probably irrelevant ...


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You can try Gimp GIMP stands for “GNU image manipulation program”, and it is one of the oldest and most well known alternatives to Photoshop in existence. Although it doesn’t quite have all of them, you’ll find most of the features included in Photoshop somewhere in GIMP. GIMP is cross platform and supported by a large community. If just having the feature ...


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Photoshop takes 70% of your RAM by default when it starts. Whether it's a 2G RAM or 64G RAM machine, Photoshop grabs 70% of the RAM. When calculating how much space Photoshop is wanting for files. look at the document sizes in the lower-left. I believe the second number is how large the file is when open. That can be a much different size than the first ...


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I see many people that get both Pixelmator and Acorn after trying and deciding GIMP isn't their cup of tea. In alphabetical order: Acorn - http://www.flyingmeat.com/acorn/ GIMP - http://www.gimp.org/ Pixelmator -http://www.pixelmator.com/ All three have serious image manipulation tools like layers, effects, vector drawing tools, advanced selection ...


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Well, using the monitor profile in Photoshop means the colors in your file is right on only one device on the planet, which is your monitor. To make it more universal, you need to convert the colors in your file to a device-independent profile like Adobe RGB. In color management world, you can only assign or convert colors. Assigning doesn't change the ...


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Using Aperture/Lightroom require a different way of thinking to Photoshop. Personally I use Lightroom as it is more like the traditional darkroom process. It's also quicker for getting lots of images out the door, which works well with my style of photography (motorsport), the editing functions aren't as deep, but they are pretty much the same as Adobe ...


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What version of Photoshop are you using? Apparently Adobe dropped support for exporting with JFIF at some point, and replaced it with EXIF. You can try an app like XnView to strip out meta data: http://newsgroup.xnview.com/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=24056 I just tried this with an EXIF jpeg on my computer, opened it in XnView, and then selected: Tools > ...


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Why not run fs_usage for a while on your mac - you can filter out all the fast IO operations and start to get a feel for which files are coming back slow. You might find some things you can move - so rather than guessing what might be fast, take some measurements and then only move things that in reality are slow for your specific system?


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If your main goal is to improve the performance of Photoshop and Lightroom I would focus on these specific applications. Put Photoshop files and the Lightroom lib, Photoshop and Lightroom swap/temp/history files and the Photoshop & Lightroom apps themselves on the SSD. Moving the system swap file to the SSD will only help if memory used by Photoshop or ...


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Adobe's answer will be: Q: Can I distribute a Creative Suite 5.5 edition across multiple users or computers? A:The software license agreement accompanying your product may entitle you to install and activate the software on two systems with certain restrictions. The product license agreement for suite editions does not allow you to install ...


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Best Answer is Photoline, although it is little hard to get use to but if you are a professional user you get use to it within 2-3 days and they have great tutorial on their site. I am also a graphic designer from India and Photoshop is too expensive somewhere around 1000USD or 50,000 India Rupees but photoline is Only 60USD or 3,000 India Rupees after ...


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You can set Photoshop (or any image editor) as an external editor in iPhoto. (Preferences -> General -> Edit Photo: Choose from the Drop Down Menu.) This way, when you double click a pic to edit in iPhoto it will open automatically in Photoshop or your Image Editor, and when you save it it's sent back to iPhoto automatically. This is the only way that ...


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My recommendation isn't a keyboard shortcut, but an easy way to send files between applications. Simply grab your file's icon at the title bar (proxy icon) and drop it on the app's dock icon (doesn't matter if the application is closed or open): Subsequently your app will open (launch if the app is closed) and open the given image. It works on all ...


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Okay, mark me down for ignoring the "free" part of the question, but I'm really quite fond of Aperture for the combination of editing and organizing that it does. It fills about 95% of what I used to use Photoshop for, plus I can keyword photos, maintain versions of edits, label faces and search for similar ones, and much more. It's become the centre of my ...


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Most likely it's Dropbox. It could be that it synced to another machine, which added some metadata to it automatically, then synced back to your machine, so it looks to Photoshop as if it's changed, when only the file's metadata has. Unless this happens consistently with files outside of synced folders, it's probably nothing to worry about


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You won't get a working installation by copying the binaries from /Applications and will want to re-run the proper installer or get assistance from Adobe since this is a licensed product that has proper vendor support for reinstalling the licenses if you should need to move it from one computer to another.


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The answer to this question is complicated. Way back in Lion, Apple began to offer optional API's to software developers that would make it easier for applications to manipulate different versions of saved documents. The most noticable repurcussion of these updated APIs was the replacement of the Save As.. menu item by Duplicate and Rename... menu items. ...


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Photoshop CS6 supports retina since version 13.0.3. There is a blog article from Adobe about this How to update Photoshop: 1. In Photoshop, choose Help > Updates. 2. The Adobe Application Manager will launch. Select Adobe Photoshop CS6 and choose Update. How to confirm that the Update worked 1. In Photoshop, choose Photoshop > About Photoshop (Mac) 2. ...


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If you for some reason lost the installation files, you can download the trial here: http://prodesigntools.com/download-adobe-cs4-and-cs3-free-trials-here.html Once installed, simply register with the credentials you received upon purchasing the product. If you do not have your registration details either, I would suggest chatting with an Adobe ...


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Start up a terminal and enter purge to free inactive memory. You need to do this every time your free memory reaches nearly zero. You can also use the $4,99 app iCleanMemory from the Mac App Store. It puts an indicator in your menu bar that shows free RAM, and when you click on it, a button shows up that executes purge, for easy acces.


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I also thought Photoshop CS6 had an little iphoto panel or something but this solution may be just as good. It's easy to overlook but you can actually see your iphoto library when you are in the file>open... (or place...) window browsing files. If you look on the left of the window where your home folder and other directories are, you'll find at the ...


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One thing to try is to find the Photoshop application, and Get Info on it. You can do this by selecting it in your Applications solder and pressing Command I or right clicking and choose Get Info. If you see a check box marked Open in 32 bit mode try selecting it, and then launch photoshop again. Plugins for all programs generally need to be 32 bit if the ...


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HFS+ journal on a different volume A feature originally intended for Server, but possible with non-Server versions of the operating system. Mac OS X Server v10.6: Moving an HFS+ Journal to a different volume discusses using a partition of (for example) an SSD for the journal for some other volume. … Journaled HFS+ file systems can benefit from placing ...



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