Sunday, June 17, 2007

The GIMP 2.2.15

The GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program and is an open source substitute for Adobe Photoshop. You may be asking yourself, "What does GNU stand for?" The answer is, GNU stands for GNU's Not Unix. What can I say, this is the work of computer geeks.

The GIMP is good for stuff that Paint can't quite take care of (such as saving in different file formats than .bmp) and has basic image editing tools, as well as some fun scripts, but it's not quite at the level of Photoshop yet.

The user interface is intuitive, but not streamlined; it opens each image as a separate window, instead of keeping them all within a parent window like Photoshop does. Performance is also lacking, requiring hefty system resources, although the same problem rings true with Photoshop. Graphic designers complain that it lacks some tools, but I'm not a graphic designer so I wouldn't know.

In a nutshell, if you're looking to touch up some family photos, GIMP works great as a Photoshop alternative. But if you're looking to do serious image editing as a graphics designer (or providing the IT infrastructure for graphics design), then you probably want to invest in Adobe Photoshop. For now, at least.

Regardless, it doesn't hurt to find out for yourself, it's free.

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