GIMP

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Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 875 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.6.12
  • Total Downloads:
    4,079,391
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 06, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    87.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,470
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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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.

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, perspective clone, improved printing, and color operations such as levels. New improvements include GEGL integration for 32-bit color support, dynamic brushes, and more options for the free select tool. 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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.9

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star 8
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 875 votes

    • 5 star 413
    • 4 star 262
    • 3 star 74
    • 2 star 50
    • 1 star 76
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5 stars

"GIMP 2.6.12 is awesome, thanks a lot"

April 24, 2012  |  By rudybenedict

 |  Version: GIMP 2.6.12

Pros

I have use it for graphic enhancement and editing , it is worth to have one, if you are looking for alternative software that functions like Photo shop well this is the one, love to learn each day, of course have to get use to the floating tool bars but i like exploring ... thank a lot

Cons

floating tool bars obstruct views ,

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1 stars

"Would not load on my system (Win XP p4 2gb)"

April 20, 2012  |  By graleth

 |  Version: GIMP 2.6.12

Pros

Had previously read good reviews of this product and was looking forward to using it.

Cons

Would not load on my system - (running Windows xp Pentium 4 with 2gb ram). Tried DL from 2 different sources.

Summary

I will try this product again when a new version comes out.

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5 stars

"IMHO, GIMP is best of the free graphics editor."

April 06, 2012  |  By paul_saute

 |  Version: GIMP 2.6.12

Pros

I seen lots of tutorials for Photoshop and GIMP can handle most of the functions I've seen.

There are many plugins available.

Cons

Yes, it takes some time to learn - but so does Photoshop.

It takes up quite a bit of memory, so some of the plugins can be a little slow.

Summary

If you have the time, GIMP is worth learning...

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5 stars

"This not a review but is a tip."

March 27, 2012  |  By Guy_T

 |  Version: GIMP 2.6.12

Pros

I have been using GIMP for so long that I even do not remember when I began. Perfect product.

Cons

Tip:
Once upon a time, GIMP offered to download the programme in the language of your choice. I remember installing a GIMP in English and another in French with one icon for each. This time is over.
After downloading from different sources and always getting GIMPs in Thai, I discovered that GIMP now checks the language that is set by default in your computer, which usually is the language of the country where you got your version of Windows. I live in Thailand and I found myself with a GIMP almost 100% in Thai, language that I cannot read.
This aspect of "default language" is not stated by the downloading sites, including CNET.
Furthermore, the GIMP concept is to read the manual first and then to install later, while the average user downloads the programmes first and click Help later. In my case the Help was also in Thai...

Summary

The rescue consists in a visit at http://www.gimp.org/docs/. The site is in English.
GIMP offers the User Manual in 10 languages, including English, Russian and others.
From there follow the titles as below:
>2. Fire up the GIMP > 1. Running GIMP > 1.2. Language
and you find the ways to start GIMP in the language you like.
I used the batch file solution and, now, I enjoy a GIMP in English..
I have just replaced the original GIMP icon (link to Thai GIMP) by the icon of the batch file that links to GIMP.in English.
Hope it might be useful.

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1 stars

"Non-intuitive and difficult to operate"

March 19, 2012  |  By WWWALDO123

 |  Version: GIMP 2.6.12

Pros

None at all

Cons

The simplest of tasks are difficult to manage.

The review is 3 1/2 years old which will throw people off expecting a review of the latest version.

Summary

The easiest of tasks are difficult at best. The program has a steep learning curve so be forewarned.

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5 stars

"Why pirate Photoshop when this is free"

March 14, 2012  |  By tpinfold

 |  Version: GIMP 2.6.12

Pros

Easier to use than Photoshop. Can be installed on all private, work, and school computers free of charge. Most Photoshop lessons or tasks can be adapted to GIMP. No risk of legal complications arising from pirated software on your computers with this free program.

Cons

Like Photoshop it has a steep initial learning curve but is no harder to learn than Photoshop. Does not yet handle 16bit images. Raw converter not built in but Rawtherapee, the camera manufacturer's, or another free raw converter can be used prior to opening images in GIMP.

Summary

I am a professional user of GIMP. I own a legal version of Photoshop CS4 and Elements and would use GIMP for 99.99% of my images.

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5 stars

"Excellent Photo Editor!"

March 13, 2012  |  By j_s_music

 |  Version: GIMP 2.6.12

Pros

Import and export in virtually ANY format (including PSD, PNG, JPG, GIF, and many more)
Many photo manipulation tools
Many options available for graphic creation

Cons

Learning of the program is required

Summary

If you have used PhotoShop you will need to relax, step back, and take some time in learning how Gimp works (as I have and lived to tell the tale). I happened to have learned Photoshop in college but since I don't have my college computer anymore, I needed a cheap (as in free), non illegal alternative. I have used Gimp for over 2 years now and I have found ways to do everything I learned in PhotoShop and much more.

I have been a part time graphic designer for over a year in my job (small business with many hats), and Gimp has allowed me to shine in the graphical area. If we have people importing PSDs, I can take it and manipulate it, send it back in PSD format no problem. If I need a PNG, GIF, BMP, of JPG, all of that can be done with a scroll and a click.

With Gimp, I import graphics as layers, utilize effects, kern, resizing, you name it. Gimp does it all like a champ.

Add this program to your arsenal. You'll be glad you did.

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1 stars

"Terrible program."

March 11, 2012  |  By Franko_Fantasma

 |  Version: GIMP 2.6.12

Pros

It's free.

Cons

Impossible to use. The manual is practically nonexistant. This is not an intuitive program at all. This is coming from someone that has years of experience with photoshop. Simply put, when you hit a button, such as "crop to selection", GIMP doesn't do anything. It should be that simple, but it really isn't. There's some kind of magic word you must utter, some kind of "abracadabra" incantation you must recite or some kind of demon you must invoke in order to make this program work, and I just haven't found it.

Summary

Terrible.

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4 stars

"Best photo program, free or otherwise, I've found."

February 27, 2012  |  By wingerx5

 |  Version: GIMP 2.6.12

Pros

Very versatile. Will handle just about any photo manipulation.

Cons

Difficult to learn and use.

Summary

If you do much photo editing or manipulation, it is worth the effort to live with the learning curve.

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5 stars

"lots of fun, plenty of options. Learning curve good."

February 24, 2012  |  By 81jelyng

 |  Version: GIMP 2.6.12

Pros

lots of options
multi tool
worth tryig

Cons

Can be fiddly,
need to have toolbars better set.
basic as you go tutor would be good.

Summary

Worth trying and getting the hang of.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.6.12
Version 2.6.12 fixes some buffer overflow problems and fixes fails to import a path from SVG
General
Publisher Gimp
Publisher web site http://gimp.org/
Release Date February 06, 2012
Date Added February 06, 2012
Version 2.6.12
Category
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
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,079,391
Downloads Last Week 4,470
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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