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Image Editors

There are many image editors on the market. Many companies are trying to sell full packages for 'home' much cheaper than each product cost separate for 'professionals'.

The most popular editors:
Adobe photoshop
(~$500) is (or was) the "industry standard" so it is expensive but robust.

Adobe Photoshop LE
($90) a smaller version of AP 5.0. Worth the money, Doesn't have CMYK support.
Tip: If you buy an upgrade for Pagemaker Plus 6.5 ($99) you get full versions of Photoshop LE, Adobe PageMill 3.0 and Adobe Distiller. To be able to install PageMaker you need to have valid previous license, however you don't need it if you want to install only Photoshop LE, Page Mill or Distiller. So if you don't have license for PM, just throw that out and you still have 3 programs for one great price.

Core PhotoPaint
PhotoPaint can be a nice alternative to PhotoShop. (from $69 to $399)
Tip:Corel has a package for $119.99 called Graphic Pack II
Inside the box you will find :
CorelXARA 1.5,Corel PHOTO-PAINT 7, CorelFLOW 3,Corel Presentations 8, Corel Print House,Corel MOTION 3D,Corel CAPTURE ,Corel GALLERY Magic 200,000 some fonts, clipart, etc..
This is the best offer !
PhotoPaint7 is solid and XARA 1.5 is excellent vector/bitmap drawing program itself (even 1.0 was great)!

Micrografx Picture Publisher
has $99-$150 graphic package. Now they sell the package for $50 because they push their new iGrafx Designer ($400). Webtricity is a great combination of their tools for one price: Picture Publisher 8, Simply3D 3, Windows Draw 6 and Media Manager 8.

Paint Shop Pro
from JascSoftware.$99

Other Image editing Software
Wright Image
($299 -$499) (complex but expensive)
Satori Paint
($699) (handling huge graphic - posters, movies..)

Painter Cassic($99) , Art Dabler($49) and Expressions ($???)
Good for the painted art (with presure sensitive pen). You can get the software bundled when you are buying the pen.

Vector and bitmap editors (mixing vector and bitmap editing)
You can't beat the $45, and secondly I am the author of it.

Corel Xara
2.0 (it is not much different from 1.5) Xara was a big hit back in time of Corel 5.0 , however after Xara became CorelXara they don't seems to work on it much.

Wright Design
(complex, kinda slow and a bit expensive, but worth try)

Macromedia Fireworks 2.0, 3.0
($299) Excellent for making interfaces and web graphic. I was kind of disappointed with the 3.0 version - needs more memory, some things you do more difficult than in 2.0 and it is crashing often so I wrote CompactDraw.

Having Image editor is not enough if you are in hurry.
The plugins can create a nice special effects (glass, page curl...) just by clicking a few buttons - but the good ones cost a bit more...
The most interesting are:
Kai's Power tools $129
Eye Candy (aka Alien Skin) $129

My TOP list

#1 - CompactDraw
Sorry folks, I think it does what it should for only $45 and it does fine.

#2 - Photoshop
In image editing it is for me the standard. The PhotoshopLE is for RGB as good as the full version.

#3 - CorelDraw
For true vector editing this is my choice.

#4 - Macromedia Fireworks
The 3.0 is still good, but I think 2.0 was their peak ratio between functionality and easiness.