GIMP

★★★★★

-Editors

★★★★★

-Users

GIMP is the open source answer to Adobe Photoshop. GIMP has much of the same functionality that Adobe Photoshop has, ranging from a simple paint program, photo editor, image renderer, or image format converter.

Pros: Comprehensive photo editor software comparable to Adobe Photoshop

Cons: Cluttered interface; out-of-date support documentation

  • Version: 2.8.10
  • File Size: 86.2MB
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7

Editor's Reviews

Overview:

GIMP is a powerful, comprehensive photo editor that can handle everything that Adobe Photoshop does. Create, edit, and retouch images to professional standards.

Pros:

With GIMP in existence, there is really no reason to pay for pricey photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Elements. GIMP is a full-power, free alternative that can produce the same quality results!

Aside from the obvious similarities in features and abilities, GIMP also brings the power of the community with it. GIMP is community-developed software, which allows for the most important and useful features to be emphasized, while the less useful or confusing elements are done away with or fixed.

Additionally, GIMP is also highly customizable with the use of plug-ins, scripts, and other community-developed add ons that will make GIMP exactly what you need. GIMP also supports external hardware, so you can be sure that your tablet or Wacom tablet is compatible.

Perhaps the most important positive for GIMP is its file compatibility. GIMP boasts compatibility with a wide variety of photo, image, and graphic file formats so you can create, edit, and share with absolute ease.

Cons:

Even though GIMP is billed as the “free Photoshop replacement”, there are definitely some areas that are not quite as seamless as its paid counterpart. For example, some users find the interface cluttered with the multiple floating toolbox windows distracting. Customizing your desktop work area to the way you like it can be done, but it does take some special set up.

Also, for those unfamiliar with the photo editing software, getting started might be tricky. Of course, this is not a problem unique to GIMP. But, the help documentation and tutorials can be a bit out of date with the latest versions available, and it does take some time to learn all the functions and abilities of the product.

Final Verdict:

GIMP is great! It has all the features and abilities its paid counterparts have, but it doesn’t have the hefty price tag. It could be tough for absolute beginners to just pick up and start photo editing, GIMP’s simple and understandable interface makes learning easy.

Product Description

GIMP provides easy-to-use, professional design tools that are comparable to Photoshop—minus the hefty price tag. GIMP is free image editing software that perfects photos and creates animated images. One of the most powerful general-purpose image editors around, GIMP can be used as a simple paint program, an expert-quality photo retouching program, image format converter and more. You will never be asked for personal information or a credit card.

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Full Specifications

    General

  • Publisher: The Gimp Development Team
  • Publisher Site: http://gimp.org/
  • License: GNU GPL

    Download Information

  • Version: 2.8.10
  • File Size: 86.2MB
  • Price: FREE
  • Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7