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Old 4th May 2012, 09:32 PM   #21
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I would have to agree whole heartedly. Gimp does not have the versatility and effects that Photoshop has, but it is free and a darn good program.

Compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, multitude of tools RAW compatibility and a lot of plug ins make it a convincing competitor to Photoshop.

The only cons that I see are that it could be quite difficult to use for beginners and it has kind of a smushed interface. It also requires A LOT of plugins to come close to rivaling Photoshop.

I would say that Gimp is best utilized for dedicated users and those with graphic design as Photoshop is just easier to use. Then again Gimp is FREE.

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Old 13th May 2012, 12:56 PM   #22
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Illustrator is a good choice because that's what's recommended for designing print materials. However, I'm not sure whether any graphics design software is as "easy" and "intuitive" as you may want them to be.

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Old 16th July 2012, 03:27 PM   #23
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Yeah they really aren't. Creating proofs isn't the hardest thing in the world, but it's also not the easiest. And actually printing the brochures themselves takes professional work in order to produce a quality product.

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Old 23rd July 2012, 12:34 AM   #24
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If you're willing to learn, download a trial version of indesign and get stuck into some tutorials. But if you don't have the time (or interest), another option is to use a crowdsourcing website such as freelancer.com or 99designs.com.au. There are many designers that can do what you need for a small price.

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Old 6th August 2012, 03:36 PM   #25
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This is true. I would learn the software if you find yourself needing to create A LOT of proofs, but if you only need to do it once in awhile then outsourcing isn't a bad idea. As stated before, it's not the hardest thing in the world, but also not the easiest.

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Old 15th November 2012, 09:53 AM   #26
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Well, since you are not very much familiar with Adobe products but is not very much into graphic design, you can simply download templates from http://www.printplace.com/printing/b...templates.aspx and just customize it in Illustrator or Photoshop. In that way, you will save yourself the hassle.

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