The GIMP

Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 875 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    4,079,391
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 24, 2004
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    87.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,470
  • Platform:
    Windows
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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

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

 |  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

 |  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

 |  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

 |  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

 |  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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1 stars

"Worst program ever"

July 23, 2014  |  By Ornot_Bitwise

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.10

Pros

It's free... and you get what you pay for

Cons

Everything. The user interface was designed by a brain-damaged baboon. Or several of them. Layers make no sense. Paths make no sense.

The ONLY reason to ever use GIMP is because you can't afford Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Summary

Skip it. Steal the money for Elements from your local meth pusher.

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1 stars

"Used to be good, now it's pretty much worthless"

May 13, 2014  |  By aus10mag

 |  Version: GIMP 2.8.10

Pros

none anymore

Cons

in the past, you could create a .xcf design, and quickly "save as" just about any format you wanted (.pdf, .jpg, .png). The current version 2.8 gimp no longer allowed a "save as" to a standard web-friendly format. 2.8 required you to "export" in order to save it as a format that is different to .xcf.

Now it doesn't even allow you to export. says a .jpg and .png are not known file types. and to select a known file type from the list (a list that is blank)

Summary

this software was awesome, free design software that you could download and use on the fly if you needed to create an image. Now it doesn't even make any sense to use because a .xcf is not recognized on the internet as a known file type.

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5 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 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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General
Publisher Gimp
Publisher web site http://gimp.org/
Release Date March 24, 2004
Date Added March 24, 2004
Version 2.0
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows NT/2000/XP, 64 MB of RAM
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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