Adobe Photoshop is a great product. I have been using it since 2003 and I simply love its functionality and ease of use. If there is anything to complaint about, then it has to be the high cost (US$649) involved in buying the software. For those who can’t afford Photoshop, here is a list of the 5 great free alternative to Photoshop.
This is my current desktop. It’s a standard ubuntu, and on the right it runs Photoshop CS2, thanks to Wine’s latest version. The integration is not yet very polished - I can’t drag and drop images on Photoshop, and I had to write a shell script to open files with Photoshop from Nautilus that is still not clean enough (I can’t get multiple images concurrently into the RAW converter plugin). But it works well enough to be useful.
Google recently confirmed in a blog posting that it had paid Codeweavers to help develop WINE to make Photoshop usable on the well-regarded but still somewhat unpredictable software package, which aims to replicate Windows libraries to enable popular Windows applications run in a Linux environment.
Starting from last night, Photoshop CS2 can now be installed easily by using Wine... on any Linux distribution! "Photoshop CS/CS2 should now work, please help us testing it" - said the wonderful people behind the Wine project. Therefore, I've updated my Ubuntu 7.10 operating system to the latest version of Wine (version 0.9.54 - released on January 25, 2008) and grabbed my "dusted" Photoshop CS2 (a.k.a. version 9.0) CD.I've inserted the CD in the optical drive of my computer and installed Photoshop CS2 just like I was on a Windows PC.
Linux users unhappy with the GIMP image editor may want to take a look at Pixel, a cross platform image editing application, which more closely mirrors the behavior of Adobe Photoshop. Although Pixel isn't free in either sense of the word — a licensed copy will set you back $38 USD and the source is not available — in terms of ease-of-use Pixel trumps the Gimp on a number of levels.