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GIMP free photo editing software

GIMP is a free open-source photo editing suite similar to Photoshop.  GIMP is used for

  • Abstract Sky Lake Tree OrangePhoto retouching,
  • Image composition,
  • Painting,
  • Format converting,
  • Text manipulation and
  • Much more.

Free GIMP download

GIMP toolbox and tool options

 

 

As far as free software is concerned, rest assured that GIMP is the best photo editing software available.

 

Installing GIMP

Go to GIMPdownloads.  Have patience. It was tricky to download it in March 2020. It may be better by the time you read this.

After the installation, you will have seen the image here in your dock. Double click to open GIMP.
I don’t know about your computer, but with mine I see this Verifying GIMP bar slowly opening up over a minute or two.
Then you will see this message. Click Open, wait about 10 seconds and GIMP opens up.

Video tutorial

For those of you who learn well from YouTube tutorials, here is an excellent one for GIMP beginners.

GIMP tutorial

  • GIMP filter menuMany people do Google searches for images
  • May get lower ranking if duplicate of another image in Google database
  • So, use GIMP to make small changes to your free stock photos
    • Use the GIMP filter menu you see here.

Open an image

  • Click File > Open > Pictures > Modified
  • Double click on a picture
  • Suppose you opened up this file called “crowd.jpg”
  • Practice photo editing with this picture
    •    Reproduced for you at very bottom of this page

 

 

Erase

Let’s say that you want to erase the head of the man in the lower right-hand corner.

Getting set up

1. Right click in your layers panel
• Select Create a new layer
2. Transparency > OK
3. Click on the grey layers icon.
4.
Right-click in the Layers panel and click on Merge Down

 

  • Now the transparent layer will be behind picture of crowd
  • When erase something, the transparent layer will show up

 

To erase something completely:

 

1. Select erase icon and then
2. solid circle
3. Select tool options icon in  layers panel
4. Then change eraser size to represent ideal size for erasing

Image will look like picture above

 

 

 

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