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Maveric777 12-09-2008 12:45 PM

What Program?
I was wondering what programs folks like to use around here to create their own labels? I would love to start creating my own labels to slap on a few bottles to give away to friends as "Keep Sake's" if you will.

I do have Gimp, but learning to use it is like trying to learn ancient Hebrew. I keep telling myself it is better to just learn it myself so I wont be dependant on anyone else.... easier to get stuff done that way....lol

I may consider purchasing Photo Shop if it truly is that much easier to use, but don't want to spend all that cash if unnessary.

Thanks for any input....:mug:

bull8042 12-09-2008 02:22 PM

Stick with GIMP. Photoshop is freakin' expensive and the GUI is almost identical. Plus, anything Adobe is bloated nearly beyond control.
GIMP is no harder, but you need to spend a little time with the tutorials to really get a handle on where to start. Once you get the hang of the basics, it is an unbelievably powerful program.

GilaMinumBeer 12-09-2008 02:32 PM

PhotoShop sure is expensive for a "Label" maker.

Just stick with the GIMP and use the cash for something else.

Maveric777 12-09-2008 03:22 PM

Thanks for the input. Looks like I'll just stick with GIMP.... Once I get that down I will have to pick up ancient Hebrew just for "Shiggles"......lol

uncleozzy 12-09-2008 03:35 PM

Give Inkscape a try; it's free. For me, as a total non-artist, drawing with vectors is a lot easier, more forgiving, and just makes more sense.

Boerderij_Kabouter 12-09-2008 03:46 PM

I am in the same spot as you. I have used Photoshop for a long time, but no longer have a license and never did anything artsy with it anyway. The combination of GIMP and Inkscape seems to be the best option. The tutorials really help a lot. Then ask questions here...

Good luck! :mug:

Maveric777 12-09-2008 05:09 PM

Cool! Never heard of Incscape before. Thanks for the heads up on it. learn something new every day.....

scottfro 12-09-2008 05:33 PM

i use adobe illustrator. you could try inkscape as its the free alternative

i like doing stuff in vector art as it can be scaled up really big without loosing quality (so long as any photos used are high resolution)

Edcculus 12-09-2008 05:53 PM

For making labels, you should really be using Illustrator or freeware alternative. I guess Photoshop or free alternative is fine if you are just putting text on a picture. If you want to use vector graphics, it will look much better with Illustrator.

MrNate 12-09-2008 06:12 PM


Originally Posted by Edcculus (Post 999763)
If you want to use vector graphics, it will look much better with Illustrator.

Lots of people say that, but I've never seen the proof. A vector is a vector is a vector. Given the choice between the two, I'd take photoshop every time.

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