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21 Jul 11 8:12 am
I would recommend you to stick with Paint.net. When you have heaps of money to burn one day, buy Photoshop. In the interim, the training you will learn by using Paint.net will actually help you with some of the principles of using Photoshop.
Using Paint.net it is VERY easy to cut out images using the Magic Wand tool and highlighting the bits you want to remove and adjusting the tolerance up and down until your selected area is right. There are good forums around for Paint.net and I'd recommend searching for help on the Paint.net Magic Wand tool. Of course you should aim to get high quality, high resolution images on a contrasting or preferably white background as they are much easier to manipulate. Never enlarge either but reducing the size is generally fine.
Believe me, you can produce EXCELLENT and professional looking work using Paint.net. You would be very surprised actually. It's a very under-rated app. Don't bother with GIMP. Stick to Paint.net. It's much better.
While Paint.net is not anywhere near as extensive as Photoshop it will perform quite a few of the same things and you do most of them MUCH easier than you can in Photoshop. I'm sure you will be happy with it. It's text editing is a bit limited for example meaning if you make a mistake you cannot edit the text like you can in Photoshop (you have to delete it and add new text), that kind of thing but you can live with that. Also of course Photoshop is much superior for manipulating photo's but being in affiliate marketing that's really not an issue either.
Put it this way. Photoshop is very expensive and hard to use. Paintnet is free and very capable. Thus, I actually consider Paint.net to be superior for most people.
I got started using Paint.net before progressing to Photoshop. I've been using Photoshop for several years now constantly and I still frequently scratch my head over the lack of logic and consideration which has gone into it's interface sometimes. It is confusing to use especially after using the far more logical Paint.net. But it IS the industry standard I guess so I persist with it now.
That's my opinion only but I used Paint.net for a long time and I still love the app very much.