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The Gimp Free Photo Editing Software

June 5 2007

by Philip Northeast

A free stepping stone to Adobe Photoshop with similar tools and techniques to crop, fine tune exposure and color balance and resizing digital photos for the web.

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Gimp Screen shot

This could be the ideal way to explore the possibilities of the digital darkroom without breaking the bank. The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. You can get it free and experiment with photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. As well as photo editing the Gimp is also useful for artists.

It is available for popular operating systems, in a variety of languages.

The Gimp rivals Adobe’s Photoshop products in capabilities and the tools have similar names and the way they are used. This similarity means that digital image processing skills learned using the Gimp are readily transferable to Photoshop programs. This makes the Gimp a suitable first step for those unsure about the value of advanced image processing software.

Here are some of the capabilities of the Gimp.

Naturally, this is only the tip of the shared capabilities of the Gimp and Adobe Photoshop.

While the Gimp has similar capabilities to Photoshop, the heavy weight program from Adobe in some cases has extra options in the tools and some of the tools are easier to use.

So while the Gimp might not be considered by busy photo professionals as a free offering it can provide an easy introduction to the world of advanced digital photographic processing.

originally published by suite101.com


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