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GIMP

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The volunteer developers of The GIMP have been working hard to develop a polished, user-friendly, and freely distributed image editor. Although the separated palette windows may disturb those users who are used to more traditional layouts, your comfort level should grow exponentially as you discover how pain-free the program is. The latest update is robust enough to have earned a full-point upgrade, although it's merely a jump from 2.2 to 2.4.

One of the most powerful general-purpose image editors around, the upgrades make the GNU Image Manipulation Program eminently comparable to Photoshop. Older features include channels, layers and masks, filters and effects, tabbed palettes, editable text tools, and color operations such as levels. New improvements include scalable brushes, revised selection tools, a new color menu, full-screen editing, a new crop tool, improved printing, red eye removal, perspective clone, lens distortion, and more. It even has regex-based pattern matching for power users.

The application provides professional tools that can stand against the big boys without the hefty price tag. Even the installation process has gotten simpler, with no need to download and install the GTX Runtime Environment separately. Extremely powerful and easy to work with, GIMP is ideal for both amateur and pro photographers, Web designers, or anyone who wants to create and edit professional-quality digital images on a budget.

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    • 3 star: 73
    • 2 star: 48
    • 1 star: 74
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  • 4.0 stars

    "great alternative to photoshop"

    May 22, 2008  |   By Candy_Asss

    Version: GIMP 2.4.5

    Pros

    I like the fact it does ALMOST everything photoshop can do, just doesn't have 1000 useless tools. And its FREE!!

    Cons

    the only thing i dont like about this program is it doesn't have the tool to make intense black and white photos. As in photoshop you can pick your own intensity of the colors..gimp doesn't have many options in that department.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "incredible freeware"

    May 10, 2008  |   By Doc Otis

    Version: GIMP 2.4.5

    Pros

    does just about everything you could want.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve for a novice user.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE GOOD RATING.
    THIS THING IS CRIPPLED!"

    May 10, 2008  |   By TigrrrTamer

    Version: GIMP 2.4.5

    Pros

    I have been totally disenchanted when I tried it, after having had my expectations raised by the reviews here.

    THE ALLUSIONS TO COMPARING IT TO PHOTOSHOP ARE TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED! I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THIS CNET EDITOR ACTUALLY TOOK TIME TO EXAMINE IT, BECAUSE IT IS NOTHING NEAR AS GOOD AS HE SAYS IT IS!

    Cons

    MANY annoying things, not the least of which is the look and feel of an old DOS program.

    1. when you browse your directories, they are not displayed the way windoes does (with aliases, such as "My Documents" - you have to go hunting for them in the directory structure)

    2. once you find where "My Pictures" is at, it does NOT load thumbnails of all your images. You have to scroll through a list (and if the list is long, you are in trouble!), and EACH image you want to see, takes seconds to load. This is extremely tedious! (and I have a brand new fast Core2Duo)

    3. Once you get to the editing tools... I have found that with images, some do not work, some are not intuitive, and many are downright crippled.

    I edited a few images with it, and I think I would prefer to purchase even a cheap graphics program instead of this free one.

    THIS PROGRAM IS BARELY A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN WINDOWS PAINT.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Idk what i should do"

    May 8, 2008  |   By j1n5t3r

    Version: GIMP 2.4.5

    Pros

    i've heard good things about it but never tried it

    Cons

    i downloaded the software and my computer started getting all laggy. I also did a virus scan on it with 21 virus scanners and out of the 21 scanners, and 10 of them detected trojan's, backdoors, and smalldoors

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great at with many photoshop equivelant features and some different ones"

    May 7, 2008  |   By Prince Persona

    Version: GIMP 2.4.5

    Pros

    The things I love the most about this software are:

    1. It's FREE!

    2. It has almost everything most people would be using in photoshop to do the same thing.

    3. It takes up less space and loads quicker than photoshop.

    4. I love how it let me edit icon files photoshop won't even let you load those!

    Cons

    Gimp has a lot of features but If you were going do some ultra ultra heavy image editing photoshop may be your best choice.

    When I first used this I was already experienced in photoshop and many other programs that automatically open up all the windows you are going to be using so it took me a little while to realize that the other windows I was wanting needed to be looked for in the two sets of menus. This took a while to figure out and I wish there was a note that told me to look at those at startup.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Looks likes it's going to be great!"

    May 6, 2008  |   By Mikebaldwin

    Version: GIMP 2.4.5

    Pros

    I love how , in one click, you can totally change perspective on a picture.

    Cons

    It's going to take some time to REALLY learn all this program does.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply Amazing, Better then Photoshop."

    May 2, 2008  |   By I_love_Downloads

    Version: GIMP 2.4.5

    Pros

    Awesome!!! and its FREE!

    Cons

    nothing.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not Perfect but Pretty Damn..and free!"

    May 2, 2008  |  

    Version: GIMP 2.4.5

    Pros

    Does what Photoshop does (for nothing)

    Cons

    Can always be better but so can the big boys.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "GIMP"

    April 29, 2008  |   By ilemer8

    Version: GIMP 2.4.5

    Pros

    WOW!! This program is really great there are lots of options!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Lots of things to use..Now try to find them"

    April 28, 2008  |   By IE7Hate

    Version: GIMP 2.4.5

    Pros

    Looks like photo editing will work ok.

    Cons

    What's with the Star Trek user interface. I generally don't like having to work with something that looks like a 3D chess board. I guess I am just a guy who likes his interface on one page, but I will try to work with it.

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