Photo Editing Software, Photoshop vs. GIMP

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Photo editing and effects

Checker board ball skyWhen it comes to photo editing software and those special effects you want, should you buy PhotoShop?  Or, should you get the free GIMP?

The answer is, “It depends upon your needs.”

GIMP covers most people’s needs

GIMP toolbox 2The Business to Community website says

Like Photoshop, GIMP supports the basic functions needed to manipulate images. GIMP supports levels, curves, layers, channel mixing, cloning, healing, transformation, editable text, etc. For many photographers and designers, this covers the vast majority of their needs. That said, there are many Photoshop features that haven’t (yet) made it over to GIMP.                Read more


Graphic designer, scientist,…

Blog Oklahoma says

GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done.     Read more.

Photo manipulation

A Technology Study Guide SlideShare presentation says

You can use GIMP for simple “paint” style projects or utilize its extremely powerful photo manipulation systemLearn more.


This photo editing software was developed by volunteers

A Wikipedia article says

GIMP is primarily developed by volunteers as a free software project.   Read much more

GIMP’s much cheaper

A Tech World article says

So, if you don’t want to shell out the big bucks for the likes of Photoshop you can’t beat GIMP’s price and there are a huge number of training guides on the GIMP site and elsewhere online.    Read the rest of the article.

Photographer switches to GIMP photo editing software

The LifeHacker website says

Over six months ago, I stopped using Adobe Photoshop and switched to the open source alternative, GIMP, for all my personal photography projects. This wasn’t the impossible task that most people believe it is.   Read more.





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