Been creating logos and banner for awhile now using Gimp and Inkscape. I didn't earn much through it though as I'm not that really great at it. Dyou think these graphic software will later eventually be preferred by companies?
I've been using GiMP and Inkscape for years professionally.
The only issue I've had with GiMP is that it saves smaller web sized images at a larger size with less clarity than photoshop (typically happens with smaller images used for buttons and such, even when you add the "save for web" plugin to it), however for anything larger it's been fine. Though I use Inkscape/Illustrator for web design now anyway and just use GiMP/Photoshop to make the few things I may need it for, so that doesn't cause much of an issue for me anymore.
Inkscape can definitely work as an illustrator alternative, just save your work as svg(the default), and it can even be opened with illustrator.
I don't think the problem with linux graphics programs is that they're not as good, in fact in most cases they are better. The problem is that the programs haven't added new features in a long time, and there seems to be no effort to make GiMP, Inkscape, and Scribus better and make them work together as a suite. Aside from that, they would need to be able to import/work with adobe formats as well. (which GiMP does very well with photoshop files, you can even install photoshop brushes in it.)
If that would happen, then making then common in the work place would not be much of a stretch.
*edit: if anyone has issues using gimp, but not photoshop, try remapping all of the gimp shortcuts to the photoshop ones. Once I did that GiMP became a breeze to use.
There are plenty of people that can use Gimp well - it's just a steeper learning curve than photoshop. As FiLeVeR10 said, it's every bit as good as photoshop - you just need to learn how to use it correctly. It's more 'raw' than photoshop is.
Gimp is made for the programmer-artknowlegable-linux-guy.. Photoshop is made for everyone else.
tomfmason, are you using them for professional work, or just in general?
I have to be able to use Adobe as well to send things to printing companies and to pass things back and forth with marketing firms. I just use GiMP and Inkscape when I'm the only one that needs to edit the files, or whenever it won't make a difference.
FiLeVeR10, I am a freelance web developer by trade and when I don't sub out my design work I use them. The real reason that I no longer use the adobe products is that after a tornado I lost a product key for Creative Suite 5.5 Design Premium and getting a replacement was a real pita. I don't really remember what I paid for it but I think it was in the neighborhood of $1800. I was so disgusted with the whole ordeal that I decided to boycott it completely.
tomfmason, certainly don't blame you for that; the cost is pretty outrageous. My employer buys me whatever software I need, so I have the full CS5.5 right now.
When I do freelance work I typically use GiMP and Inkscape. but I still use adobe to save the files because it gives me smaller sizes and more clarity. Also, since Inkscape doesn't have a lot of saving options, I'll import my work from it into illustrator to finish things up and save the files, or just use Illustrator completely and skip them all together...
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