Movie posters are memorable cultural symbols. In towns and cities, it's hard to escape them. If you're wondering how to create the movie poster look, or want to make one to advertise a personal project, several software options can help you. Professional image editing software can be expensive, however. Fortunately, some developers have created free open-source models that offer the basic functionality of the professional software but for much less money.
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Use Adobe Photoshop. This piece of software by Adobe has become famous for its ability to transform pictures, allowing users to add effects and splice images together while maintaining their realistic look. Photoshop is what every movie poster designer wants and needs but it does come at a price: Photoshop CS5 starts at £454.
Download GimpShop by Scott Moschella. This software is an open source equivalent of Photoshop. While it doesn't have the complete functionality that Adobe's product has, it mirrors it as closely as possible. GimpShop can be downloaded free and, if you're already familiar with the layout of Photoshop but looking for a cheaper option, you will find this software very accessible.
Use Seashore. This image editing software can be downloaded free of charge. It allows users to edit multiple layers and create all kinds of material, from collages to movie posters. According to the open source resource site Open Source as Alternative, Seashore falls somewhere between MacPaint and Photoshop. If you want to create a simple poster with little or no cost, this software has the right tools.
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