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I'm looking for a new picture editing program to edit textures, 'cause MSpaint just isn't cutting it. I've heard good things about Paint Shop Pro, but when I went to CompUSA yesterday, it was $100! That's a little out of my budget. Does anyone know of a good paint program for under, say, fifty bucks? The features that I would like are lighting effects (for creating night textures) and the ability to easily cut out complex shapes. Thanks in advance!

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try their PSP pdemo for 30 days full accessJacks Software 9spelling??) do a search

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Try www.serif.com and take a look at Photoplus 8 .They have really good software and you can haggle with them about the prices.. :-)

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Well Paint shop pro is great... just get the free demo and see if you like it :)

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I use Photoimpact for all my repaints. I did buy it at some point to get full functionality (I think I have 5, they're up to 7 or 8 now) but I started with a version off a Computer mag.I suggest you start with one of those freeware progs first to see whether you like repainting, before you shell out hard-earned cash.I do, actually, have Paint Shop Pro and Adobe Photoshop which I use for other things, but have stuck with what I know for flightsim work. What you are comfortable with, works best.You're right to dump MS Paint, though. Gives you no flexibility at all.Mark "Dark Moment" Beaumonthttp://www.swiremariners.com/newlogo.jpg

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I have already tried repainting Mike Stone's 727 with MS Paint, and I think I did a pretty good job, but having more flexibility would definitely make it quicker and easier. I need to modify some textures for a scenery that I'm creating also, and Paint just doesn't have any function that allows you to place something that resembles the glow of a light. What's the retail price for photoimpact? Thanks for all of the replies, by the way!

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One thing i like about paint shop pro is the color picker makes it so much easyer to match a color. As i have never tred any other paint program im not sure if others have the same thing though im asuming they do.

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Just saw an ad in the sunday paper for Staples who is offering Paint Shop Pro 8 for $89.99 ($10 cheaper than other places where I have seen it) plus there is a $30.00 instant savings plus another $30.00 rebate for those who are upgrading. Final cost is $59.99 for new users and $29.99 for those upgrading. Sounds a lot better than $100.Bob

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www.gimp.comits free, and as full featured as nearly all the good graphics progys.pixia is another, don't know it as well, but also free.Bob B

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