Its not surprising that the Adobe Photoshop culture out there is looking closer at GIMP and even switching over. I know I did. I've been using Adobe Photoshop since version 5 and when I saw GIMP for Ubuntu last year, I never looked back and since then I have installed it on Windows XP and Vista aswell.
What makes this tool attractive is not only the price (oh ya did I mention its free), but the interface, features and support. Being able to install this on practically any OS and in any language makes this a tool anyone can use!
Its true, still GIMP is a light wieght version of Photoshop, I found all the options I needed to the job easily. I also loved the fact I could open my Photoshop PSD files and reuse them in GIMP, keeping all layer information. This was truly a powerful graphics editor when I realized that many filter and image manipulation options I had in Adobe where also available.
Here is a complete features list that sold me on it:
- Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone, etc.
- Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high quality anti-aliasing
- Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool
- Supports custom brushes and patterns
- Tile based memory management so image size is limited only by available disk space
- Virtually unlimited number of images open at one time
- Advanced Manipulation
- Full alpha channel support
- Layers and channels
- Multiple Undo/Redo (limited only by diskspace)
- Editable text layers
- Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip
- Selection tools including rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy
- Foreground extraction tool
- Advanced path tool doing bezier and polygonal selections.
- Transformable paths, transformable selections.
- Quickmask to paint a selection.
- A Procedural Database for calling internal GIMP functions from external programs as in Script-fu
- Advanced scripting capabilities (Scheme, Python, Perl)
- Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters
- Over 100 plug-ins already available
- Load and save animations in a convenient frame-as-layer format
- MNG support
- Frame Navigator (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)
- Onion Skin (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)
- Bluebox (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)
- File Handling
- File formats supported include bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, and many others
- Load, display, convert, save to many file formats
- SVG path import/export
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