Good and Cheap alternatives to Photoshop for CMYK


I have been using GIMP for many years and do not want to go through the expense and learning curve issues of Creative Suite/Photoshop but occasionally I may need a CMYK file. Other than the Separate/Separate+ Plugins, are there any reasonable alternatives?

EDIT: I edited rather than commenting so this would remain visible - Thanks to everyone for their input so far. I haven't accepted an answer yet as I am reviewing the options presented, but I do plan to when appropriate--Ray

5/4/2011 10:07:00 PM

The short answer in no. Gimp, Inkscape, Imagemagik and others do not natively support CMYK. These programs have RGB to CMYK converters which is fine for images but that's it. When designing for print, starting in the CMYK colorspace is a must. Most printers will not accept RGB files unless it's kinkos and getting files converted to CMYK can cost $60-$100 an hour. You can probably find an old version of photoshop for cheap or free. If you are going to do a lot of print work then I'd recommend CS Design Standard or the cloud services offered by Adobe.

11/2/2012 10:36:00 PM