Top 5 Imaging Programs

By: Gavin Sanderson

Imagingprograms are very useful tools for graphic designers. Even the non-professionaldesigners make use of imaging programs to create the simplest designs for theirprojects.

Anyonewho is into computer design for fun or for a living can appreciate how imagingprograms can help make their tasks easier.? With imaging programs, one caneasily edit photos, create graphics, computer-aided designs and similarprojects.

Imageeditors are among the most popular and commonly used imaging programs whichhelp designers create images virtually from scratch.? It offers variouspainting tools which are very much like the basic painting tools, albeitcomputer-based.? This allows you to enhance photos and retouch them aswell.? Using this application will classify your saved photo or scannedimage as a bitmap.? Bitmap images are very convenient for retouchingbecause you can get a lot of detail.? However, you may have a problem withthe image’s pixel resolution.

Hereare some of the imaging programs you can tinker with if you are into graphicdesign and computer-aided graphic projects.

1. Adobe Photoshop

This imaging program was developed by Adobe Systems and isconsidered a market favorite in terms of graphics editing, image manipulationand bitmap images.? The newest version of Adobe is Photoshop CS3 Extendedwhich was released only this year.? This is the third version since Adoberenamed the Photoshop products.? It boasts of new tools, non-destructivefilters, 3D and scientific imaging.

2. Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo

This is an imaging program for bitmap graphics editing andvector graphics editing.? Rights to the program were originally owned byJasc Software of Minneapolis. Therights to distribute the program now belong to Corel Corporation after itpurchased Jasc Software in 2004.? The program, which is more popularlyknown as Paint Shop and as Adobe Photoshop’s competitor, can be downloaded asshareware.? Adobe Photoshop is more popular than this imaging programbecause the former has versions for Microsoft and Apple Macintosh.

3. Corel Painter

This imaging program is now available both in Windows andMacintosh.? Designers can make use of the program to create images thatare natural-looking with its freehand feature.? The user can also choosefrom several effects like oil paints and watercolor and print the output incanvas or paper.

4. Corel Photo-Paint

This imaging program is bundled with the Corel Draw GraphicsSuite.? It can create graphics and manipulate images.? It also allowsusers to remove redeye in photos.? The program can be downloaded from thewebsite of Corel as a freeware.

5. Microsoft Paint

Thisimaging program used to be known as Paintbrush for Windows and can be foundbundled with Microsoft Windows. Users can experiment with color mixtures as theprogram allows simultaneous picking up of three colors.? There are a lotof functions which the user can practice to improve his craft.

Imagingprograms are not that expensive (some are even available for free) especiallyif you think of the benefits one can get from the special effects that theseprograms offer.? However, the choice of which imaging program is best foryou depends on your requirements and projects.

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