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This, despite the unfortunate name, is a free alternative to Photoshop. It's not the easiest image manipulation software in the world to use, but neither is it the hardest.
Everything runs in 'layers' and then, when you want to save the image, you have to 'flatten' the image to condense the layers into one. I'm not particularly technologically savvy, so what I tend to do is use it for stuff that I can't do in paint, rather than as a professional graphic designer might use it. It is very handy for fixing up photo blemishes (e.g. glare, red-eye.)
It takes a while to load when you first open the programme because there are a lot of effects and fonts etc. to load. I don't know what half of them are, and doubt I've used even half of the pointless features available. But this software was free, so, unlike if I'd splashed out on Photoshop, I don't really mind not being able to use it to its full potential.
You can open and manipulate basic image files like Jpegs (which are what most images are saved to,) which means you can spruce up the photos from your camera etc. You can also save your images to the same basic formats.
The handiest feature, I find, is the sharpness/contrast/brightness stuff. Honestly, I have no idea *how* I use these - I just fiddle with the switches until the image looks how I want it to. It's a good job the undo button is so easy to use.
You'll find this on any list for Photoshop alternatives. When I first used GIMP, it wasn't as feature rich as it is today, but it was still very much so one of the best out there. Since then it has continued to get better and better. It has many similarities to Photoshop, including the ability to use layers. GIMP has nearly all the features you could ask for. It does all the basics, such as enhancing and retouching, but in addition it can also be used for advanced projects like creating animated GIFs. You don't have to worry about what operating system you have either, because chances are that GIMP will be compatible with it. The best part about it is that it is free. For that kind of deal, GIMP definitely deserves no less than five stars. All the reasons above make it obvious why it is one of the most popular Photoshop alternatives.
The only downfall that I can truly think of would be the supported number of output formats (which I'm sure will be increased eventually). They are the most popular formats though, so I doubt many people are upset about the number of formats that their file can be saved as.
All in all, if you are looking for a photo editing program to use, and haven't tried this one, then give it a shot before spending money on the expensive ones. You may find that this one is to your liking more so than the others.
GIMP is a freely available, open source image manipulation programme. The ethos behind open source is such that the programme is developed by volunteers and is free for all users.
Now some of you may think "well if it is free there must be a catch" or if volunteers developed it, it can't be that good.
However, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Those in the know and those that have even dabbled with it ...will soon come to realise that the GIMP has tools and power features that can compete with the "BIG BRANDS" that cost you the earth (and then tend to hit you again when they upgrade)
GIMP is an image editor that can allow you to edit and retouch your images with ease.
Features include channels, layers effects and masks, filters and tabbed palettes, editable text tools and improved printing.
The separate windows for palette may seem a bit cluttered in terms of how it looks on you desktop but you soon get used to it.
There are a variety of plug ins available as well.
So whether you are a dabbler in such things or a web designer that needs a substantial amount of features, this is a package you should take a look at.
All upgrades are free as well. If you find a bug, it is possible to report it and hopefully it will be fixed and hopefully resolved in your next version.
GIMP stands for General Image Manipulation Program or GNU Image Manipulation Program, it's a free software that you can use to enhance, edit or play with your pictures. It's like an Adobe Photoshop thing but it's cheaper of course and I think there's much more difference in terms of sophistication and application. Just type the word GIMP and click the link where you can download the program and it's done, small size program 84.96MB. It has so many versions now because of some adjustment or enhancement to make the program much easier to use. Right now I got the 2.6 version, which is I think is the latest version and this version is less complicated than the other versions. This supports JPG, GIF and BMP.
Things to do with GIMP
Change color background.
Fix color balance
Picture enhancement and many more
Gimp has a cute logo, I'm not sure what animal it is but it's a cute one. Once you open GIMP 3 boxes will appear these are the menu boxes that contains all the functional tools. The main menu, the toolbox and the paths, layers ,channels menu, these are the boxes that will appear. In the toolbox, all the cool tools are there, like brushes, eraser, scale tool and others, while in the paths, layers, channels, menu this is like the edit box and the final look of your project will appear here.
I love playing with this program, I already did so many things with it. I was looking for a program that will help me edit some of our photos, the digital once of course, because some have dark spots and I also want to learn how to do those editing stuff with pictures. This is not as sophisticated as Adobe Photoshop but I can say that this is a very helpful program for those who just want to edit digital photos that they have. Mainly the program is free but you can donate to help those people who make or "share" adjustments with the program. To learn about it or get some tutorials, go to youtube.com and just type GIMP and things regarding what to do with this program will appear.
Another thing this is what I really got with this program, you can't really say now what is genuine photo is, especially those in magazine.
The GIMP is software that comes as a "standard extra" in most flavours of Linux. The GIMP also is know available for Windows - at least, there are WebPages which make this claim but I have never seen it in the "flesh."
The GIMP is widely recognised as a very powerful graphic manipulation tool. It will help you create images from scratch; it will assist you change, filter and transform the pictures and it will then also optimise the way these picture files are stored. As an example, you can optimise animated .gif files so that no frame repeats any static data; if you have an animation of a bird flying through the sky then there is no need to re-draw the sky in each and every frame.
The GIMP lets you easily plug in any collection brushes or tools that you might find on the web. If, for whatever reason, you need a double headed, star shaped brush then you can create your own because it is easy to do that to.
All right, I'll step back a minute here in the review as it would be easy to run through everything the GIMP does and point out that it does it well. I would be writing for hours though as the GIMP does so much. I will try and be more helpful than that. There are catches with the GIMP. The GIMP looks really simply when you load it up - just a small palette of brushes which give you point and click technology. If, like me, the first then you do is pick up the brush and have a swipe at the canvas then, like me, you'll be impressed at how nicely the action translates to a good picture. It looks like a brush has been swiped over some real canvas - it does not look like a diagonal chunk of colour, which is the case in even some top-end Windows software. When you start to explore through what the GIMP has to offer, though, you may find that things do not seem to be working right. That is what I thought, but I was wrong. The GIMP uses Layers as default and if you've never come across this bit of cunning code it can catch you out.
If you do not know Linux very well then the GIMP might be just a little scary. Just a little. I am student who has very little experience with Linux but I've found that playing around with the GIMP and reading the mass of helpful and free tutorials on the web is easily enough to get to grips with the software.
Gimp is a free photo-editing tool similar to Photoshop, which can be used for anything from simple red-eye reduction, cropping and image size or file format changing to full professional photo retouching. GIMP is an acronym for "GNU Image Manipulation Program" and was written for UNIX or Linux computers, but now is also available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. I would like to reiterate the word "free". This software is downloadable legally for free and has been developed and supported by the users of the program as part of the "GNU Project". I won't go into the history of this, but the philosophy behind the project is that "people should be free to use software in all the ways that are socially useful" to quote the GNU website:
Many digital cameras and film scanners come with some rudimentary form of photo-editing software, which may be sufficient for your needs, but if you need more control and features a more advanced tool would be required, for example Adobe Photoshop Elements, which is a cut-down version of the full professional Photoshop. If you were to buy Adobe Photoshop Elements it would cost you about £50 and the full professional version would cost in excess of £500 or alternatively Gimp could be downloaded for free. I have the latest version of Photoshop Elements on my Windows Vista PC and an old version on my old iMac, but rather than pay the full price for Photoshop for my new Apple macbook I opted for a free download of Gimp version 2.4.
GIMP has most of the same features as other professional and amateur photo-editing software including levels histograms for adjusting colours, contrast etc. retouching tools for removing or adding details on the picture, removing "red-eye", cloning objects and colours, fixing of photograph imperfections such as barrel distortion and perspective distortion. It also has tools for converting pictures to black and white and adjusting the picture and file size.
When retouching a photograph a wide range of different types of brush, pencil airbrush and clone tool can be chosen from the easy to use menu and of course text of any size can be added to the photograph. If the paintbrush you want doesn't exist a custom brush can also be made to your specification. You can zoom right in and see individual pixels for very fine retouching. There are also gradient and blending tools to speed up the process of making your work look natural and multiple selection tools of various shapes. Multiple layers and channels are also supported for more complex photo manipulation.
For me, the most useful tool available in GIMP is the levels tool, which is used to adjust the darkest and lightest areas of the picture and the overall brightness, which enhances the contrast and can transform a picture very easily and quickly. Many pictures will be improved by using this, the more complicated "curves" tool or one of the automatic tools provided in the "colors" menu. The crop tool is also essential for improving the composition of your picture and the "scale image" tool for changing the number of pixels. In the "filters" menu there are a large selection of filters that can be applied to the picture to blur, enhance, distort add noise etc. The most commonly used would probably be the Enhance->Red Eye Removal, Enhance->Sharpen or Enhance->Unsharp Mask options. The sharpen tools can be used to improve the edges of objects to give the effect of better focus with various parameters adjustable for the desired effect and amount of sharpening, but use with caution if you don't want everyone to look like they are wearing mascara.
The full range of GIMP's features is too huge to cover in detail here, and in addition to the standard features it is possible to write or download "plugins" and scripts for other specific tasks or customized operations, but there is a list of some of the basic features on the gimp website:
Most picture file formats are supported including TIFF, GIF, PNG and JPEG and pictures of one format may be read in and written out in another format. If a lot of manipulation has been done to the file it can be written out in xcf format with all of the changes stored and any extra layers generated so work can be continued or undone in a later session, or the file may be flattened and written out as a small jpeg ready for printing or posting on a web-site.
To get hold of this very useful program and install it you should go to the www.gimp.org website for instructions. The current released version is 2.4.7. GIMP is written for open source libraries, which come with Linux, so if you have a Linux operating system the installation is easy. If however you have an Apple Mac it is a little more complicated and it is only available for OS X 10.0 onwards. Apples are in fact based on a kind of Unix called Darwin, but you must ensure that the X11 windowing protocol is also installed before installing GIMP. The "Wilber loves Apple" web site guides you through the additional installation procedure:
I successfully installed this program on my apple macbook, with very little trouble, although it is not as straightforward as simply popping in an auto load CD. I have not installed this on a Windows PC, but this is possible and details are again given on the web site.
If you are likely to perform simple photo-editing of digital photos I would highly recommend downloading Gimp rather than pay for Elements and if you want full professional functionality, but can't justify the full price of Photoshop I would also suggest Gimp as a good alternative.
Fab! this is a free package you can download to your computer, it works just like photoshop and is an excellent thing to have if you cant afford photoshop itself.
Its primary use seems to be correcting photos with shadows, red eye and odd things to take out of pictures, its not realy for designing on as many of the photoshop tools are not there, so this means much pixal shifting by yourself insted of being able to use things like the dodge tool. But you ca tidy up photos and scanned or phtographed art work in fine.
You can change any picture you already have on your computer/choose to upload, as long as its an actual picture. it wont work with word or excel documtnets for example- I tried, I do strange things like this.
Its got the thumbs up from which as well (the magazine) so its safe to use as they have tried and tested it to destruction.
Have a go, its free to download and keep!
Why bother paying for photoshop or other expensive programs when this program is out there for free?
This program works along the same lines as photoshop, though as an open-source program, it's far more customizable.
What I find most attractive is the floating window screen set up. Tools are set up in "bays" instead of locked in toolbars, or cluttering the screen with dozens of separate windows. This allows for the window showing the picture in progress to fill more of the screen. It also makes it easy to find favorite tools, and hide away things you don't need.
Installtion was simple and bug-free. There are no surprises in this download. Totally spyware free. I had it up and running in less than fifteen minutes.
The only wish I have is for more preset brushes. Though this is pretty easily remedied. User-made brushes are pretty simple to create and add.
I almost forgot my favorite feature. The screenshot grab option. Drag a little 'x' over the window you want, and Gimp pulls it up right there. A nice feature for forgetful people like myself, who can't remember the shortcut keys for such things.
The GNU Image Manipulation Program is an Open Source graphics package of the first order. It is available on a wide range of operating systems (not just Linux but also Windows & Mac) and is FREE to install and use. In the case of the GIMP, free does not mean shoddy or limited. While I've not made enough use of Adobe Photoshop to do a feature by feature comparison, I've not found any compelling reason to look for an alternative to the GIMP in the past three or so years that I've been using it. In fact, I'm still learning new tricks to enhance the graphical work I've been doing. Most of that work has been web-based, both personal and professional. I've put several links at the end of this opinion, including one to my personal website where you can see numerous examples of my GIMPing. For instance, the background image was based on a scan of several leaves from my garden. I used various tools to adjust the colour, brightness and tonal range. To finish it off I used the 'make seamless' filter to ensure it would repeat across the page without a visible join. Other pictures on the site illustrate further effects, such as creating composite images by building up multiple layers (an essential feature of any professional graphics package). My praise for the GIMP is not completely unequivocal. For example, there is a very steep learning curve. Part of this is unavoidable for a package of such complexity. However, an unusual user interface (each picture, dialog and toolbox has its own independent window) and rather piecemeal help documentation (albeit improving all the time) exacerbate the problem. There are also gaps in its print-based support, such as not having a CYMK colour space in its current version (although this is not an issue if you just want to knock up a few personal birthday cards or similar). If I had to part with any money to use this tool, I might have dropped a star off my rating. Ho
wever, since for my mainly web-based work I have found it just as effective as the vastly more expensive Photoshop, I don't hesitate to give it top marks. If you're willing to take a bit of time to learn it (assisted by the many tutorials to be found on the web) I don't think you can go far wrong with at least giving it a try; the GIMP will cost you nothing even if, like me, you decide to keep it on your hard disk. References: The official GIMP website - http://www.gimp.org/ The GIMP User Group (with galleries and tutorials) - http://gug.sunsite.dk/ My own website (all images processed with the GIMP) - http://www.web-den.org.uk/
Gimp is a free image program for Linux systems. GNU Image Manipulation Program (Gimp) is the premier Image editing and painting software available for Linux under the GPL open source licence. When Gimp opens, it starts off in two or three separate boxes or windows, scattered freely across the desktop, not tied to within one overall window as many ‘Microsoft Windows’ applications are. The amount of boxes at start-up varies in slightly newer and slightly older versions. One box contains the usual tools, zoom, crop, resize image, perspectives, fill, draw, paintbrushes etc, another has a list of layers, colour channels and paths. An image will open in a separate window. With a potential for half a dozen open boxes and windows on screen at once, the higher the screen resolution the better. Gimp is not only an Image Editor; it is also a full Drawing and Painting program as well. So what features does it offer, well a full suite of painting tools including, brushes, a pencil, airbrushes, colour fills and sampling and cloning. Anti-aliasing, yes its not just used for games. Full alpha channel support, transparencies and layering. Transforming tools include rotation, which allows rotation of the image to any angle, scale and shear. The usual cross platform file formats are supported, as well as Microsoft ones and of coarse the common Linux picture file formats as well. Bezier curves, smudging and measuring distances and angles. Once an image is loaded, right clicking on it brings up a menu giving access to a range of new tools and special effects. There’s layer control, a huge range of filters for adding distortions such as engrave, emboss, scratches, ripples etc, artistic effects like canvases and oil painting effects and glass effects plus loads more. Bump mapping is supported, as is the capability of adding lighting effects. Full control over all effects is they’re making this a very powerful
program. Animation tools are included as well as a set of video editing tools. Making it excellent for creating animations and for editing home movies. Gimp is not aimed at the beginner, it is a professional quality package aimed at the more experienced user. On the version I currently run (version 1.1.25) the help index is not complete, so don’t expect the help files to always be of much help or any help at all as is often the case, nor will the program hold your hand in any way as you use it. If you are used to using professional quality image software you will no doubt understand what most of the features do and how to use them, but otherwise understand that this is a free program so no documentation is supplied for it and you are realistically on your own. This program is unquestionably a power packed; it competes on the level of Adobe Photoshop and Corel Photopaint, packages that cost hundreds of pounds to buy for a Microsoft windows system, and yes its free and that good. If you are after this level of software its worth installing Linux just to use it, especially as a full major Linux Distribution costs around £30 and will most usually include Gimp in it, not to mention getting it of a magazine disk for even less. Update: ------------------------ The Gimp is now also availiable for Windows. It is also free and is a complete port of the Linux version. It runs happily on Windows 95,98 and ME and so far it has been stable while I have been using it. Download from the same website.