The GIMP for Mac

The GIMP for Mac

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January 26, 2006
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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. This application caught our attention--and hearts--as one of the most powerful general-purpose image editors around. The application's features include channels; layers and masks; filters and effects; tabbed palettes; editable text tools; and color operations such as levels. The application provides professional tools that can stand against the big boys without the hefty price tag. The only downside to this otherwise flawless program is the installation process. As it stands now, you have to install Apple's X11 app and The GIMP separately. Once installed, though, the program is extremely powerful and easy to work with. The GIMP is ideal for amateur photographers, Web designers, and anyone who wants to create and edit professional-quality digital images on a budget.

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    out of 80 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 34
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 19
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    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1 stars

    "Non-intuitive and limited"

    January 23, 2014   |   By dwall13

    Version: GIMP 2.8.10


    Will show you how much you need photoshop.


    Horrible. You can't even move objects without infuriation. Picture editing is a joke, both difficult and poor.


    Just horrible

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  • 5 stars

    "Get the RIGHT GIMP VERSION for your OSX version"

    December 02, 2013   |   By rinnie1

    Version: GIMP 2.8.10


    If you are familiar with Adobe PhotoShop, JASC Paint Shop, or Corel PhotoPaint, the tools are pretty intuitive. You can do all of the basic and many of the advanced operations from those programs in GIMP. This is far and away a more powerful program than Seashore. Great capabilities for the price (FREE).


    Crappy install process = lazy, half-baked installation programming (grumble)... see note in summary.

    When EPS and CMYK are handled better, GIMP will earn the 5th star from me. ;-)


    CNET is linking to the latest version of GIMP, which doesn't work with older versions of OSX. (CNET can't do "everything" LOL)
    Go to to be sure you get the right version of GIMP for whatever version of OSX you're running.

    NOTE: Once you download the correct DMG and double-click it, it just gets unpacked wherever you saved it. So if you didn't save the DMG to the Applications folder, you'll need to open the folder from wherever you saved it and move the app to the Applications folder.

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