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GIMP

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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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  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 868 votes

    • 5 star: 412
    • 4 star: 261
    • 3 star: 73
    • 2 star: 48
    • 1 star: 74
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent idea"

    April 11, 2014  |   By pisdbsnXMoshe

    Version: GIMP 2.8.10

    Pros

    Top in its category. Professional stuff.See for your self.. Honestly

    Cons

    None at all. I am serious.

    Summary

    Download it now. Personally, I like it very much. Another fav of mine is **********. ,

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  • 5.0 stars

    "THE BEST alternative to photoshop."

    March 11, 2014  |   By arcnet29

    Version: GIMP 2.8.10

    Pros

    Free, awesome features eg. Intelligent scissors, scaling options, shearing, and many other cool features like easy scaling of image. Moreover this is open source, and regularly updated. easy to use! and has online manual. Lastly it does not require too much space.

    Cons

    Sometimes while doing undo the process, the picture gets deleted, though there is redo option, but it becomes irritating one few occasions, but this is easily overlooked because it can avoided with a bit of practice.

    Summary

    An excellent software for photo editing, easy to use, and has all options of Photoshop.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Most Excellent Program"

    February 25, 2014  |   By HBC_News

    Version: GIMP 2.8.10

    Pros

    Easy to use
    Very stable
    Works with every operating system I've used it on
    Excellent open source program
    As good as Photoshop for the beginner to intermediate graphics designer
    FREE

    Cons

    I don't know of any

    Summary

    I have been using Gimp for many years and have watched it develop and get better and better. God bless those involved in this awesome program because it is a God send to those of us who can't afford the pricey programs like the Adobe suite. There is a learning curve but there is a lot of tutorials online if you will just search them out. Be patient and have fun. Gimp is GREAT!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A slightly clunky but incredibly useful free"

    February 23, 2014  |   By Tinnako

    Version: GIMP 2.8.10

    Pros

    - many advanced features.
    - comparable to Photoshop (most of the time).
    - none of the cost.
    - most people will not need a more advanced program than this.

    Cons

    - interface feels less intuitive than Photoshop (similar tools are in different places, sometimes more of an effort to do certain things).

    - has a learning curve, but this is to be expected with high-end photo editing software. There are lots of help files and tutorials online that can help you get to grips with GIMP.

    Don't let that put you off; if you can learn to operate PS or any other high-end photo editing software, you can manage GIMP.

    Summary

    Having learned PS at school, I am familiar with a fair number of the functionalities of high-end photo editing software and have enjoyed using both. Although GIMP is not as sleek as PS, it is unparalleled among free image editing software for the number of features it offers.

    If you can afford PS and absolutely need some of the functions that only PS offers, then PS is great. But if you just need something a bit more advanced than MSPaint, or are on a budget, give GIMP a try. It's free, after all.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Too confusing to use"

    February 15, 2014  |   By rossasaurusrex

    Version: GIMP 2.8.10

    Pros

    free, free

    Cons

    can't perform basic functions expected of image software

    Summary

    Simple things like resizing images take forever and more complicated things like copying from one file and pasting into another are so frustrating it's worth it to just pay for a decent product

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good Program To Fix Pet White Eyes"

    February 14, 2014  |   By dwightrussell

    Version: GIMP 2.8.10

    Pros

    This program is good to fix the white (or any other color) that results from taking pet photos with flash fill.

    Cons

    None at this time.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A good alternative to Corel Photopaint"

    February 5, 2014  |   By LeoXo

    Version: GIMP 2.8.10

    Pros

    Well structurated menus, very good layer management and very versatile to work in a PC with Windows 7 pro 32 bits and 1 gb RAM
    (Menus bien estructurados y muy buen manejo de capas. Versatil para trabajar aun en una PC con Windows 7 pro 32 bits y 1 Gb. RAM)

    Cons

    None yet except it takes time to load the program
    (Ninguna hasta el momento, excepto que tarda un poco en cargar el programa)

    Summary

    A very good choice to expansive programs. Not expect too much, but you can't be dissapointed about GIMP can do with graphics
    (Una muy buena alternativa a programas en su categoria mas caros. No espere mucho en relacion con ellos, pero no quedara decepcionado con lo que GIMP es capaz de ofrecer cuando se trata de trabajar con imagenes en distintos formatos)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "what can i say, it's free and it works"

    January 22, 2014  |   By dieter3367

    Version: GIMP 2.8.10

    Pros

    very good features, free, frequent updates

    Cons

    it's minor. not even worth mentioning

    Summary

    i use this with contenta converter. im happy with the combination. photoshop is pricy to get.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Won't load correctly"

    December 17, 2013  |   By Muddhopper1

    Version: GIMP 2.8.10

    Pros

    none; won't install correctly

    Cons

    Downloaded GIMP 2.8; Won't load help file, crashes and tells me restart the program. Will try to re-install the software. Hope it works this time....

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Free alternative to Adobe Photoshop"

    December 12, 2013  |   By Windows78

    Version: GIMP 2.8.10

    Pros

    -Can create my own logos
    -Lots of tools to play with

    Cons

    -Takes time to load

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