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Old 06-04-2007, 11:43 AM   #1
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Default Software for labels?

I don't have Photoshop- are there any free or very low cost programs that I could use to make a logo and some labels?

I'm inspired by everyone's cool labels. I need to be able to make a logo, too, incorporating my brewery name. For wine bottles, I use "Broken Leg Cellars" and for beer, "Broken Leg Brewery". I was just making plain labels in Word but I'd like to be a little more creative.



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Old 06-04-2007, 11:53 AM   #2
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Google the GIMP. It is a very popular and very powerful freeware similar to Photoshop. I have been messing with it for a few weeks. It takes some time to figure out if you are a novice like me, but I have managed to create a great label template.



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Old 06-04-2007, 01:32 PM   #3
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Not sure if you saw this thread of not, but lots of good info. on page 2 and 3 about free programs. Personally I can't figure out GIMP.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=28022&page=2

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Old 06-04-2007, 01:36 PM   #4
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I find the graphics stuff in PowerPoint and Word to be adequate for most of the stuff I want to draw. Takes some getting used to but it works eventually.

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Old 06-04-2007, 04:58 PM   #5
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I find the graphics stuff in PowerPoint and Word to be adequate for most of the stuff I want to draw. Takes some getting used to but it works eventually.
i agree. the graphics are decent and PowerPoint allows you to save as a JPG or GIF...maybe other types of files too. Word has same graphics but cannot save as JPG file.
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Old 06-04-2007, 07:00 PM   #6
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I can't say this enough here, GET INKSCAPE! It's at Inkscape.org, it's free, it's like Adobe Illustrator. In fact you can use all the online Adobe tutorials pretty easily. It's a drawing program instead of a picture editing program like Gimp/photoshop. The easyist way to use it for people like me who lack drawing talent it to post an image in the background and trace over it. Hide the background and you've got your logo!

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Paint.NET is an awesome free Photoshop Alternative for Windows if you don't want to use GIMP.

I just use plain old GIMP myself though since I use Linux, should probably check out Inkscape sometime since it does vectors.
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I like to use DesignPro from Avery. The nice thing about it is that it's a program designed specifically for label creation and it's free from the Avery website. You simply select which Avery label you'll be printing on, it automatically formats for that label and you begin designing. I personally like the 6464 label because it removes easily from the bottle.

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I use Paint Shop Pro...

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I'm apparently too dumb to use GIMP- I can't even figure out how to download it!

I'll try some of those other suggestions, thanks!



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