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Having made the switch to Mac, and being presently out of money, I'm already missing Photoshop, which I have on my old machine.

iPhoto just isn't cutting it when it comes to the photo-enhancing tools. It's like going back to first grade after working my way up to high school.

Does anybody know of a free photo editing program that's worth downloading?

Or should I just start saving for Photoshop for Mac?

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Having made the switch to Mac, and being presently out of money, I'm already missing Photoshop, which I have on my old machine.

iPhoto just isn't cutting it when it comes to the photo-enhancing tools. It's like going back to first grade after working my way up to high school.

Does anybody know of a free photo editing program that's worth downloading?

Or should I just start saving for Photoshop for Mac?

Haven't used it myself, but I've had GIMP come really recommended from a few folks before. I believe it's free.

EDIT: Or if you're no longer able to use it, ebay your Windows Photoshop and use the cash to buy Mac Photoshop.

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There are actually a slew of free/relatively inexpensive image editors available for OS X.

For example, Pixelmator has been receiving a lot of popularity and acclaim as a cheap ($60) yet powerful Photoshop alternative.

Others include Acorn, DrawIt, Iris, and ImageWell.

Here are a few more (hopefully) useful links:

http://jonwhipple.com/blog/2007/10/29/image-is-everything/

http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/...een-waiting-for

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There's also Photoshop Express, which is a web-based version of the software and has basic editing capabilities (review). However, it might be a little too iPhoto-ish for your tastes, Jeffrey.

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Jeff, when i switched to a Mac at my previous employer back in 2006, i discovered that Adobe allows for a free platform switcheroo. Since I was a registered license holder of the Creative Suite, all i paid was shipping costs and they mailed me the Mac version of CS3, free. There's some paperwork involved in the license exchange and you have to agree to destroy the old PC version and license, but such a deal, eh?

Just give Adobe a call... Here's a link discussing the process. The policy might be different if you owned CS3 or earlier, because I understand that they're only distributing CS4 at the moment. Can't hurt to ask. Worst case scenario is that they'll front you CS4 at a greatly reduced cost. I found them them to be extremely gracious and accommodating.

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