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Sat, 26 Feb 2005

Photo Manipulation with The Gimp


Not a lot of people have heard of The GIMP. It sounds quite dodgy, but it is in fact an excellent image manipulation program. It runs on UNIX, Windows and MacOS X. And the best part? It is free.

A lot of people are skeptical about free software. Could it be as good as commercial software, like Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro or any other of the number of commercial packages out there? It's a tough call, because they are quite different. The GIMP was not made to be like any of those packages, but to be a powerful tool in it's own right. The designers of the GIMP have made design decisions that differ from those made by the designers of Photoshop. For this reason, the user interfaces are a bit different, but moving from one to the other shouldn't take too long once you understand the concepts. However, one main issue is probably documentation and education. There are a number of books, magazines and courses on Photoshop, but nowhere near as many on the GIMP.

And that brings me to the point of this article. Here are a number of links documenting the GIMP. If you want to perform some task, chances are you will find a suitable tutorial, howto or example in one of these documents. The complete manual is also linked.

Now get out there and take some pictures instead of sitting in front of your computer!

-ketil

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