Does anyone know of any good (or free) software for designing stuff. I use photoshop for editing photos I already have, but to create something from scratch its not very easy. I'm designing a cover for my mum's book and I need to create like a symbol or design of some kind and I need to be able to work out dimensions and that sort of thing. Basically like a more advanced version of Paint.
You can use inkscape for drawing svg graphics : logos,banners and other designs. Site:http://www.inkscape.org/ Tutorials:http://inkscapetutorials.wordpress.com/ Gimp is a great replacement to photoshop.It's free and opensource.Plus there are a lot of tutorials for it. Site:http://www.gimp.org/ Manuals:http://www.gimp.org/docs/
I might have to look into that I do have PS on my laptop but we have had to jump through many a flaming hoop to get it working and I am still having problems with the memory getting full up on like one image I am working on so that saving is a total nightmare. I think the problem was down to PS not being compatible with the OS for the laptop and if we couldn't have found a way it would have had to go back. It is for my MIL and I will get hers when we trade and she needs it for simple image manipulation, if it persists in being a problem I may well refer back to your post to see if that plug in works well enough to give her gimp to do the work she needs so we don't have a problem swapping laptops Ok that was long winded!