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Software purchase suggestions

by gelato-gal / February 10, 2012 3:52 AM PST

Hello -
I have a project that I would like to take in-house and need suggestions for a software program that is not overly complex and expensive.

I am looking to design labels for an product that will go onto an ice cream pint size container (think a modified cylinder - smaller at the bottom and larger at the top). I need to be able to create designs that the print does not get distorted. The software will need to be able to work with photos, text and graphics. I need a software that will output a format that I can print or be able to send to a printer.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Sorry but doesn't GIMP, MS Paint and more do that?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2012 4:00 AM PST

There's also too many apps like Serif (there are free versions.)

There is ALWAYS DISTORTION. I wonder if we need to go into discussions about onscreen WYSIWYG is not exact or that most folk never do color calibration?

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MS Paint and others...
by gelato-gal / February 11, 2012 7:06 AM PST

Aren't this used for low resolution photo or graphic manipulation? I need to have a mix of text, graphic and photos items to put on a lable that will wrap around an irregular package and have everything line up with the base of the package. It's a pint size container of ice cream. I've heard illistrator will do that but the cost is waaaay to much...

I'm following up with the inDesign suggestion. I've never heard of Scribus, but I'll check it out as well.

Thanks Wink

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Aren't this used for low resolution photo or graphic manipul
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 13, 2012 7:33 AM PST
In reply to: MS Paint and others...

Aren't this used for low resolution photo or graphic manipulation?

No. Since the canvas can be as big as need be, my answer is no.

Not only that but we can tinker with DPI later if need be. IRFANVIEW makes quick work on that.

You have a good question but no offense intended, you seem to have not heard of the good free tools out there like The Gimp, Paint.Net and more.

Here's a list ->

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Adobe InDesign CS5
by KenHusveg / February 10, 2012 4:12 AM PST

If your dealing with print shops Adobe InDesign is a good start. Scribus is worth a look as well, but Adobe has the best output tools for professional printing.

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