The GIMP Photo Editor – For photos old and new

GIMP – GNU Image Manipulation Program ….

One of the most powerful general-purpose image editors around, the upgrades make the GNU Image Manipulation Program eminently comparable to Photoshop. Older features include channels, layers and masks, filters and effects, tabbed palettes, editable text tools, perspective clone, improved printing, and color operations such as levels. New improvements include GEGL integration for 32-bit color support, dynamic brushes, and more options for the free select tool. It even has regex-based pattern matching for power users.

The application provides professional tools that can stand against the big boys without the hefty price tag. Even the installation process has gotten simpler, with no need to download and install the GTX Runtime Environment separately. Extremely powerful and easy to work with, GIMP is ideal for both amateur and pro photographers, Web designers, or anyone who wants to create and edit professional-quality digital images on a budget.

The software is updated regularly and it seems they are investing a lot in improving and taking it even further. Photoshop may be the standard but it is an expensive product and not everyone can afford it. GIMP is a realistic alternative.

Source and full content: GIMP – CNET Download.com

… and a Photographer’s Best Friend – Photoshop Plug-in and RAW Support
This may sound strange to talk about in a GIMP review, but it is an invaluable addition to the program. Many Photoshop filters will add value to any software they can be used with. A good example of one that works with GIMP is VirtualPhotographer from OptikVerveLabs. There are also a number of commercial Photoshop plug-ins that can save you time and improve your photo editing experience. So instead of having to find alternatives, you can use PSPI, enabling you to use these Photoshop plug-ins in GIMP. Again, the plug-in is free, the source is available to anyone interested and it works as a cross platform tool.
After placing PSPI.exe in the GIMP plug-ins folder, start GIMP and you will find a new Menu option under Filters. Selecting the configuration menu, it will open a Dialog box so you can identify where you will place Photoshop plug-ins.

If you need RAW file support for your camera in GIMP, you can download UFRaw and install the plug-in. This plug-in supports Adobe Digital Negative, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Pentax and Minolta RAW file formats. The download, much like the software, is also free. It can also be ran both as a standalone feature or from within GIMP.
After installing the UFRaw, you just need to open a RAW file normally using File>Open or open a file directly with UFRaw. Because UFRaw can run as a standalone, it means you don’t have to open GIMP to see your RAW files.
As you can see, it’s quite straightforward. If you ever worked with RAW images in Adobe you will find some similarities. The feature offers a few interesting options including Curves, Levels, a noise reduction option, white balance and more. This is a tool that comes in handy for many amateur photographers.

Source and full content: http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/photography/reviews/16373.aspx

The official GIMP web site

This is the official GIMP web site. It contains information about downloading, installing, using, and enhancing it. This site also serves as a distribution point for the latest releases. We try to provide as much information about the GIMP community and related projects as possible. Hopefully you will find what you need here. Grab a properly chilled beverage and enjoy.

Source and full content:  http://www.gimp.org/

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