GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free Photoshop alternative designed for photo editing, touch ups, animations, and image creation.
If you’re familiar with Photoshop, you’ll recognise most of the tools available. The familiar panels of brushes, layers, paths and other tools makes it easy to figure out.
The Advantages of GIMP
- GIMP’s biggest advantage is that it’s free. If photo editing is just a hobby, you’ll be a lot happier with a free, open-source product than with one that costs a bomb.
- GIMP requires 1/20 as much hard drive space as Photoshop. If you have a newer computer with plenty of memory, this isn’t an issue – but not everyone has the most up-to-date hardware. If you do have an older system, GIMP is far faster and more stable. It will run on any hardware, and is compatible with Mac and Windows.
- GIMP also provides a portable version which fits on a thumb-drive so that you can use it on any computer.
- The user interface is friendlier overall, since the program isn’t bloated with extra graphic functions that you probably won’t use.
- There’s tonnes of tutorials on the web that will guide you through almost any task.
If you’re a professional who uses photo editing tools on a day to day basis, you may want to shell out the big bucks for Photoshop but for most people GIMP is more than capable of managing whatever you throw at it.
For a free piece of software to be as good as the industry leader is pretty amazing. GIMP is ideal of you want to get started in photo editing and image creation but can’t or won’t pay hundreds for Photoshop. Just as long as you ignore the terrible name!
You can download it here.
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