I have a pretty blank slate with some carefully positioned trees (only 12 to
15 feet right now). If it were acceptable to post images in here I would
show a picture.
Well, I have many photos of the property and would like to superimpose
images of plantings to help me visualize. I have been surfing for some good
designing software but the one I most liked cost upward of 200 dollars (US).
I am only doing my house, I am not a professional by any stretch of the
imagination. I don't know if I should keep looking or just do the design
out of my mind or keep looking for an affordable tool to help me out.
Anyone familiar with any good photo based design software that they might
reccomend to me that won't break the bank?
GIMP at http://sourceforge.net/projects/gimp-win is FREE software.
It provides plenty of gadgets and gizmos in it. While it's not too easy
to use, what it lacks in ease of use it seems to make up for in other
ways. It's a paint and photo editing package and provides ways
to draw lines and connect photos, create fades and such.
It offers the following features which make it competetive with
commercial software of all types...
3) Color contrast, brightness, blending, fading, and more
4) Text insertion
If you're good with artwork, and you have some patience, the
package is great. I only have one complaint so far involving the
ability to grab and drag objects. I know it's there, but I just
don't see the hand with a set of fingers in the Tool box and that
throws me for loops. Oh, one more complaint, it requires two
downloads, both of which are available at the link above, free
of charge. It requires GTK (whatever that is and does, I don't
know, but it installs certain DLLs into the %commonfiles%
folder. And that needs installing first, then the GIMP package
Hope this helps.
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