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Graphics Software Categories and Buying Advice

Find the best graphics software for your needs with these articles, reviews, and tips. Includes graphics software product listings by category, and articles explaining the most common types of graphic software.

Confused about where to start? Most non-professionals just need a bitmap-based image editor which is an all-purpose tool for creating and editing digital photos, scanned images, and continous-tone graphics. See the Image Editors sub-category for this type of software.
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  3. Android Graphics Apps (3)
  4. iOS Graphics Apps (58)
  5. Academic/Educational Prices (12)
  6. Pixel Illustration/Editing (124)
  7. Software Reviews (139)
  8. Vector Illustration/Editing (44)
  9. Integrated Suites (8)
  10. Web and Animation Software (83)
  11. Image & Photo Management (190)
  12. Digital Photo Software (538)
  13. Scanning Software (14)
  14. Screen Capture (99)
  15. Business Graphics (63)
  16. Web-based Image Tools (43)
  17. Image Processing/Conversion (157)
  18. Create/Edit Icons & Cursors (24)
  19. Image Helper Tools (62)
  20. Fractal Art Generators (24)
  21. Just for Kids (18)
  22. Linux/Unix, BeOS, OS/2 Apps (17)
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What is OEM Software?
OEM software is sold to computer builders and hardware manufacturers for bundling. There is much confusion surrounding the direct sale of OEM software.

Ultimate Graphics Gifts - What's on your Graphics Wish List for Christmas?
Do you have some graphics related things on your wish list this year? Perhaps a new digital camera, a graphics tablet, monitor, or maybe some slick new software to jazz up your images. Whether it's a dream item, or something you just wouldn't normally buy for yourself, tell us what graphics-related items are on your wish list this holiday season.

Welcome to About Graphics Software - What is Graphics Software?
Learn what graphics software is and isn't, who uses graphics software, and get direction on finding the best graphics software for your needs and budget. This introduction to graphics software will help first time vistors get a feel for what is covered on the About.com Graphics Software site.

Featured Software: ImageWell from XtraLean Corporation
ImageWell is an inexpensive image editing tool for Mac. It offers lots of essential features in a small, tidy package.

What Software do I Need to Create a Logo?
Learn what graphics software is best for creating logos and text-based graphics.

What Software do I Need to Create Web Graphics?
There are a lot of choices when it comes to software for creating Web graphics. Although most general-purpose graphics editors can be used for Web graphics, you may be better off with a specialized tool, or a combination of tools. Learn more about what your options are for Web graphics software.

What is OEM Software?
OEM stands for "original equipment manufacturer" and OEM software is a phrase that refers to software that is sold to computer builders and hardware manufacturers (OEMs) in large quantities, for the purpose of bundling with computer hardware. In reference to software, there is much debate and confusion surrounding the direct sale of OEM software.

What Software Can Create the Wall Street Journal Hedcut Effect on a Photo?
A reader is looking for software that can turn a photo into the type of hedcut portrait you see in The Wall Street Journal, or something that will create an image that will fax well. Read my suggestions for this reader.

Think Before you ThinkAll.com
A reader recently asked me what I thought about a company called Think All Publishing who was advertising a free offer for "Gimp 2 Photo & Image Studio." Here's what I found out.

Map Software - What Software Do I Need For Drawing Maps?
For drawing maps, a vector-based drawing program offers many advantages including the ability to use different line styles, change line widths and colors on the fly, and make adjustments to line placement more precisely.

What's the Best Graphics Software? What Program Should I Buy?
Looking for the best graphics software? Confused about what photo editor to buy? Here's how to find the best software for your needs.

Is OEM Software Legal?
Many online sites are offering bargain software or OEM software, at prices well below the manugfacturer's suggested retail pricing. Don't be fooled by these scams.

Graphics Software On a Budget
Learn how to save money on graphics software by shopping for academic software versions and taking advantage of discount educational pricing for students and teachers.

How to Spot and Avoid Software Piracy and Scams
If that amazing offer on cheap software sounds too good to be true, chances are, it is. Learn how to spot, report, and avoid Internet software piracy scams and illegal warez. Also explore ways you can get inexpensive or free software the legal way.

Pixel Image Editors and Vector Illustration Software
An overview and comparison of bitmap-based image editing software and vector-based illustration software, the two main types of 2D graphics software programs.

Page Layout Software - Graphics Software's Cousin
An overview of the various types of software that can be used for page layout, including word processors, desktop publishing software, illustration software, creative printing software, and presentation software.

About Screen Saver and Slide Show Creation Software
An overview of slide show software and multimedia photo album software which allows you to combine photos and other images with background music, transition effects, and captions, then share them with friends and family via email or on the Web. Includes software for creating personalized screen savers with your own images and sound files.

About Business Presentation and Multimedia Authoring Software
Multimedia software lets you combine images with text, music and sound, animation, video, and other special effects. Here is an overview of business presentation for creating slide-show style presentations, overhead transparencies, reports, portfolios, and training materials; and multimedia authoring software for creating interactive presentations, computer-based training, interactive presentations, screen savers, CD-ROM and DVD content and menus, games, and more.

GIF Animation Software Overview
An overview of GIF animation software and other types of Web animation Software.

Graphics Software Products to Avoid
These are the graphics software programs and related products which I have evaluated but do not recommend. A brief explanation is included noting the primary reasons I feel these products are not worth your time or money.

Know Your Rights and Restrictions: Read the EULA
Many people don't realize that when software is purchased, you do not "own" the software itself; you've actually purchased a license to use that software. The EULA document outlines the terms of the software license, spelling out all rights and restrictions relating to the ownership, use, distribution, and warranty of the software product.

Before You Buy Web Graphics Software
There are a lot of choices when selecting a Web graphics tool. Here's a breakdown and summary of the most likely choices based on the needs of various types of users.

What is Product Activation?
Many of the major software publishers are beginning to incorporate product activation into their applications. Do you know what it is and what it means to you as a consumer?

Before You Buy Graphical Gifts
If you're thinking of giving digital imaging products as gifts this year, you can use this guide to help you choose the right software and related graphical gifts for the special people in your life.

Before You Buy An Image Editor
Image editors allow you to create and modify bitmap-based graphics and photographic images. Learn how to choose the best image editor for your needs.

What's the Best Photo Editor for Mac OS X
Asking which is the best photo editor for Mac OS X may sound like a simple and straight forward question, however it is a more complex question than it may at first seem. This article discusses the strengths and weaknesses of several options and should point you in the right direction for finding the best Mac photo editor for you.

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