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Best Graphics program for a beginner
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Post 1 made on Friday May 10, 2013 at 13:27
Long Time Member
April 2008
I am starting to get into Crestron programming and want to know what the best software (using a Mac) would be to create backgrounds, buttons, etc...

Post 2 made on Friday May 10, 2013 at 16:33
Mac Burks (39)
Elite Member
May 2007
I use Adobe Fireworks. I started using it way back in the early 2000's when it was still Macromedia Fireworks. I tried several graphics creation applications and i found it to be the easiest for beginners...for me anyway.

Having said that...its not free or cheap. GIMP is probably the most robust freeware graphics app available. If you are starting from scratch you might as well start with good freeware.

Also...there is no need to reinvent the wheel these days. When i got started with user interfaces it was impossible to find transparent png files on the web. There were GUI templates out there but the touchpanel hardware limitations and my limited skills made it painful. Things are much easier today.

Go here [Link:] On the right hand side under "GUI Professionals" you will find links to a bunch of GUI sites. You can get full templates or just graphics to build your own and/or icon sets that are "AV / Integration" specific.
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Post 3 made on Sunday May 12, 2013 at 15:40
Lurking Member
May 2013
As you have a mac the there's a graphics package called pixelmator which is very good, reasonably priced and allows you to slice up your design so that the images can be saved out separately. 

This is similar to adobe's fireworks which is coming end of life shortly as Adobe have annouced they are no longer going to be updating it.  Existing users of FW are expect to move on to Photoshop.

In the Free open source area there is Gimp as Mac mentioned which very popular as it's free.  Also there is another application called inkscape which is also feature rich for creating graphics for both Bitmap and Vector based.

Hope it helps.

Post 4 made on Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 20:16
Long Time Member
June 2007
+1 Gimp
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Post 5 made on Monday May 20, 2013 at 09:45
Rated M
Long Time Member
April 2012

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