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Elever 08-28-2012 11:34 AM

Simpler alternatives to photoshop for designing hockey cards?
 
So I'm trying to use photoshop to design a hockey card and having a hell of a time because I never bothered to learn the program, the tutorials aren't helping out, and it just seems like it would take too long to accomplish simple things even if I did become better at using it. This program also seems better suited to fixing images.

So I was wondering if anyone knew of a program (preferably an inexpensive one) which would be simpler/better at designing hockey cards.

I did make a couple using photoscape but that one is awful at doing things like adding lines or a custom gradient or adding in any graphics, it's mainly just for adding some text and moving images around, adding a border, etc.

thx

Orange Thunder 08-28-2012 12:02 PM

Gimp? Ive been thinking of doing this, and will try on gimp.

Elever 08-28-2012 01:12 PM

I'd rather just use photoshop than gimp tbh. Gimp's not really any easier though it is better for Windows.

I was thinking something along the lines of photoscape but a bit better at drawing designs and templates and cropping stuff.

I think I might still use photoshop if I wanna add an effect to the picture but not beyond that.

EDIT: I'm gonna use paint.net and inkscape and post here how it goes. I found a blog by some guy who apparently does some card designs using inkscape and they look really nice plus he has a template going.

http://cardboarded.blogspot.ca/search?q=inkscape
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_waB1qQwWJu...al+Designs.png

I really wanna do something like this since it fits the theme of doing retro cards for guys who just retired like Lidstrom:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_waB1qQwWJu...OPC_Page_1.png

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_waB1qQwWJu...in_Brodeur.png


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