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GIMP began life in the 1990s as the GNU Image Manipulation Program, and the free, open-source image editing tool has evolved in both complexity and ease of use alongside the personal computer, itself. The latest version, GIMP 2.8, maintains the program's legacy as a powerful and up-to-date, yet totally free image editor. GIMP is modular in appearance and structure and accepts all kinds of plug-ins and tools. It's a paint and drawing tool, a photo retoucher, and a batch processing and conversion tool, all in one, with sophisticated features like layers, filters, and effects. You can script virtually anything GIMP does, too. But don't be put off by GIMP's considerable talents: Not only is its layout logical, intuitive, and even attractive (in a form-follows-function way) but it also comes with tons of assistance; from multiple Help files (Help; Context Help; User Manual) and considerable online resources such as a forum, FAQs, documentation, tips, source code, and much more. GIMP 2.8 requires Windows XP or later; we ran it in 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium SP1.

Wilbur, GIMP's world-famous cartoon mascot, greeted us when we launched the app. On first run, GIMP looks for data files, queries plug-ins, and attends to other housekeeping before actually launching the program, which can take a while. GIMP kept us informed of each step, tracking the procedure with a green progress bar. On subsequent occasions, GIMP loaded very quickly. GIMP's modular, dockable user interface saves desktop real estate by dividing functions among three separate, free-floating windows: a toolbox, a navigation and work panel, and a main window. We selected an image file, which also loaded quickly in GIMP's main window. We applied various tools, filters, and processing to our image, but we barely scratched the surface of what GIMP can do. The short answer to that question is, just about anything related to digital images.

GIMP is like similar long-running open-source projects in which the skill and commitment of its participants yield freeware with features, capabilities, and support that even expensive packages find it hard to match.

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2 stars

"No substitute for Photoshop"

August 27, 2015  |  By MembrumVirile

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.14


Can open Photoshop files... er, that's about it. Oh, and it rasterizes all the text layers :(


Insanely slow to start up, and painfully laggy to use. The user interface is incomprehensible to a degree which is positively malicious and is clearly the product of a visually impaired idiot.


Don't bother. Even though it's free it isn't worth the wasted time.

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5 stars

"Perfect for those who cannot afford to buy PhotoShop"

June 21, 2015  |  By JEfromCanada

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.14


Great for working with layered images
Can open basic photoshop files
I use it mostly to remove backgrounds from photos


Can't work with certain photoshop files


For basic editing (i.e. more than what you can do with your camera's limited software or Picasa), GIMP is perfect.

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3 stars

"Pretty easy to use"

April 27, 2015  |  By Will_Baker

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.14


I have no difficulties in using this app but...


...only because I already have Adobe's Photoshop on my computer. Options should be better explained for beginners.

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4 stars

"good for beginners"

February 06, 2015  |  By Charlesm1972

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.14


easy to use, lots of options


need more tutorials


happy with it!

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2 stars

"In no way comparable to Adobe Photoshop (any version)"

November 26, 2014  |  By remingtonmetro

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.14


This is a decent application for anyone not wanting to invest in the purchase of an established retail photo editing program and having a lot of time to learn how to use it.


At a beginner level user of this product i found GIMP extremely difficult to use for basic photo editing. I found cropping an image nearly impossible as well as moving guides to be extremely difficult in setting because an arrow covered the guide marker. I found the use of all tools far to complicated and equally difficult to locate what i was looking for without clicking all tabs. In general I find interface to difficult to understand for occasional use and that using the program would require a lot of time to figure out.


This is a very good photo editing program simply because it is free for users. I do not find it anywhere near equal to Adobe's Photoshop (any version) in ease of use or functionality but again i have used Adobe products for many years. I think there is room for improvement in the layout of tools to make using the interface much easier for the user. As a photo editing program for free, GIMP does have a lot of features which given time and practice would be of benefit to users.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.8.14
  • Fix libtool versioning (forgot to bump gimp_interface_age)
  • Fix brush sizes when used from plug-ins
  • Windows: Allow to Explorer-open files with UTF-8 characters in the filename
  • Make XCF loading more robust against broken files
  • Make sure the widget direction matches the GUI language
  • Remove the option to disable the warning when closing a modified image
  • Fix canvas overlay widgets (like the text options) for tablets
  • Make DND work between images in one dockable
Publisher Gimp
Publisher web site http://gimp.org/
Release Date August 26, 2014
Date Added August 27, 2014
Version 2.8.14
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 87.42MB
File Name gimp-2.8.14-setup.exe
Total Downloads 4,131,322
Downloads Last Week 2,257
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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