Alternative to Photo Shop – free photo editing software

Adobe Photoshop is the, or one of the, best photo editing programs out there. It is really a household name now. However, most people cannot afford the stiff price tag that comes with it. So, since many businesses and home professionals cannot afford to purchase Adobe (myself included), I thought I would take a moment to share a program that I used for some time that is pretty reliable. Many businesses need some sort of import/export editing program but do not need all of the extras which come standard from Adobe.

Gimp is a free application which has many of the same tools that Adobe does. Remember, it is free, so as with any low budget software a skilled professional could pick it apart.  I have found that for basic blog editing and photo manipulation Gimp serves just as well as Photo Shop. You can download the free photo editing software on the publisher’s website.

Features and Capabilities*

This is only a very quickly thrown together list of GIMP features. You can also have a look at the illustrated features overview.

  • Painting

o   Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone, etc.

o   Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high quality anti-aliasing

o   Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool

o   Supports custom brushes and patterns

  • System

o   Tile based memory management so image size is limited only by available disk space

o   Virtually unlimited number of images open at one time

  • Advanced Manipulation

o   Full alpha channel support

o   Layers and channels

o   Multiple Undo/Redo (limited only by disk space)

o   Editable text layers

o   Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip

o   Selection tools including rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy

o   Foreground extraction tool

o   Advanced path tool doing bezier and polygonal selections.

o   Transformable paths, transformable selections.

o   Quickmask to paint a selection.

  • Extensible

o   A Procedural Database for calling internal GIMP functions from external programs as in Script-fu

o   Advanced scripting capabilities (Scheme, Python, Perl)

o   Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters

o   Over 100 plug-ins already available

  • Animation

o   Load and save animations in a convenient frame-as-layer format

o   MNG support

o   Frame Navigator (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)

o   Onion Skin (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)

o   Bluebox (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)

  • File Handling

o   File formats supported include bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, and many others

o   Load, display, convert, save to many file formats

o   SVG path import/export

  • Much, much more!

*features and capabilities texts copied directly from Gimp.org.

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2 responses to “Alternative to Photo Shop – free photo editing software

  1. Cool! Will check it out. Thanks for sharing this info.

  2. KCool! Will check it out. Thanks for sharing this info.

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