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crystalflipz 2007-04-01 10:18am

Has anyone else used GIMP for photo editing? It's FREE
My 15yr old daughter introduced me to GIMP, and I'm wondering if anyone else has ever tried it for their photo editing? It's a free photo/animation/picture editing program that is available for anyone to download and use, and from what I've seen so far it's excellent. The website is if you want to take a look.
This is the intro from the GIMP website:
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

Thought some folks might be interested.

Venessa 2007-04-01 11:16am

I tried it for a while and didn't like it...I downloaded a couple days ago, and I love it!! I was able to make my first animated .gif for my's pretty plain right now, but I was excited! I have never been able to figure out how to make an animated .gif before.
Just my opinion, for what it's worth!

Juln 2007-04-01 1:10pm

Yes, I've used GIMP for years. It always comes with various Linux distributions, and is indeed made by a organization that makes a lot of critical Linux system software (GNU).

It is a grand program, not as intense as the newest Photoshop or whatever, but more than adequate for dealing with digital photos. The interface might strike some people as 'Macintosh like'. I use GIMP for resizing, cropping, altering color balance and I used to make lots of weird digital art with it.

pipyr 2007-04-01 4:25pm

GIMP is a wonderful program, filled with all kinds of good stuff! I found it much less user-friendly than photoshop, though. I have a feeling once you learn it, it would be easy enough to use, but I feel like it's a less intuitive program than photoshop. Then again, I learned in photoshop, so of course that would be the most natural for me to use ;) If you can't afford photoshop, though, GIMP is my next favorite!! :D You really can't go wrong with it! Just make sure you download it from a site that has already patched the errors ;)

Frostfire 2007-04-04 8:49am

One disadvantage of The Gimp is that there aren't a zillion books on it like there are for Photoshop etc. The good thing is that the one current book out there is very good -- Beginning Gimp: From Novice to Professional, by Akkana Peck. Published by APress, ISBN 1-59059-587-4.

mikev 2007-04-04 7:31pm

It really depends on what you like. I only use GIMP both on Linux and on W2k. I find it very easy to use. I tried PSElements a few years back and found it very difficult to use as most Windows programs are - use Abusive. YMMV. My biggest complaint with PSE is that it wastes too much screen real estate with borders and menus - something that GIMP give syou the option of hiding when you don't need 'em.

Again YMMV

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