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Editors' Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.8.18
  • Total Downloads:
    4,253,512
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 14, 2016
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    73.59MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,927
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #10 in Photo Editors

Editors' Review

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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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1 stars

"Crashes almost instantly - removed from machine"

March 06, 2016  |  By Larry Luther

2016-03-06 22:03:34  |  By Larry Luther

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.16

Pros

Nada - nothing

Cons

I hit the + key to zoom in, after 5-6 +'s it crashed. Still happened after restarting 3 times. Tried to access "help" (from within program), it crashed again.
That was it, bye bye

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4 stars

"Very powerful editor with none intuitive interface"

February 21, 2016  |  By Emilymay77

2016-02-21 05:17:15  |  By Emilymay77

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.16

Pros

I found it very powerful, I managed to create professional works with it

Cons

The interface is not intuitive at all, it took me a lot of time to do even the basics

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5 stars

"Absolutely Love It!"

December 12, 2015  |  By angiedurango

2015-12-12 21:36:10  |  By angiedurango

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.16

Pros

All the features I need... I don't need photoshop, Gimp has everything I need and more.

Cons

When I get stuck in an area, their Help is user friendly.

Summary

The more I get to know it, the more I like it. Thanks for the free program GIMP!!

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2 stars

"No substitute for Photoshop"

August 27, 2015  |  By MembrumVirile

2015-08-27 13:42:38  |  By MembrumVirile

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.14

Pros

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

Cons

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.

Summary

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

2015-06-21 13:14:49  |  By JEfromCanada

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.14

Pros

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

Cons

Can't work with certain photoshop files

Summary

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

2015-04-27 06:57:34  |  By Will_Baker

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.14

Pros

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

Cons

...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

2015-02-06 07:56:04  |  By Charlesm1972

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.14

Pros

easy to use, lots of options

Cons

need more tutorials

Summary

happy with it!

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2 stars

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

November 26, 2014  |  By remingtonmetro

2014-11-26 13:17:50  |  By remingtonmetro

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.14

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Summary

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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5 stars

"Best Free Photo Editing Program Ever!"

July 28, 2014  |  By Lloyd_Hayes

2014-07-28 19:05:00  |  By Lloyd_Hayes

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.10

Pros

I can't go into all of the features of this program because the list is too great.
I will say that this program has about 98% of the features of the best photo editing software out there.
It also supports graphic tablets.
It's free.
It runs on any operating system. Any version of Windows, MAC, Linux (Any build), Chrome, any version of BSD, etc. Learn it once and you can use it on any computer running any operating system.

Cons

The program was designed from a programmers view using one of the free UNIX type operating systems such as Linux. And it carries that idea throughout it's menus and plug-ins. It takes awhile to learn how to use it.
The program is slow to startup. (It searches your computer for resources that it can use in your work.)
Installing plug-ins takes some knowledge on how programmers do things.
The automatic Windows installer doesn't always put a link to the program in the startup menu. (Doing a custom install may be required with you selecting the option of adding a desktop icon.)

Summary

This is one of the greatest photo editing programs ever written. I've used all of the most advanced photo editing software programs available for Windows and I find that this program will do about 98% of what any of the others will do.
I use this program 100% when working on a none-Windows operating systems.

Some functions that you may be looking for can only be found with additional plug-ins. There is a Zipped download collection of popular extensions and plug-ins available from the Gimp website. (I just checked and the Zipped pack of plug-ins and extensions is available here at Download.com.) Plus there is a great number of individual plug-ins and extensions available from the Gimp plugin registry.

I have used this program for many years now. One sad note here is that there appears to be less activity on the Gimp website now then there used to be.

Installing and mastering this free program will open the photography world to you in a way that you may not have imagined.

There are several large books available from the on-line book stores on ways to use this program.

Updated on Jul 28, 2014

Download.com shows version 2.8.8 as the latest version. It's not. I have version 2.8.10 on my computer, which is the latest version at this point, and it's over 6 months old.

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2 stars

"not so good"

July 26, 2014  |  By kmoim8o

2014-07-26 01:28:30  |  By kmoim8o

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.10

Pros

I prefer to use MyBrushes for Mac.The whole drawing process could be saved as drawing video and playback anytime. more powerful mac painting tool http://mybrushes-app.com/MyBrushes-MAC.html

Cons

won't install correctly

Summary

go to MyBrushes

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.8.18
Fixed a vulnerability in the XCF loading code.
General
Publisher Gimp
Publisher web site http://gimp.org/
Release Date July 14, 2016
Date Added July 14, 2016
Version 2.8.18
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 73.59MB
File Name gimp-2.8.16-setup-6.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,253,512
Downloads Last Week 2,927
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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