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Overview of The GIMP - a free photograph and digital-image editing program

Use GIMP rather than Photoshop and save money

Mike Angelo -- 24 December 2003 (C) -- Page 2

Article Index
About the Goose Photo

The goose photograph in Figures 1 and 2 was shot with a Casio 2.11 Mega-pixel QV-2300UX LCD Digital Camera with a 3X optical zoom at f/2.8 and 1/180 second. The original image size is 1600x1200 pixels. It's a very nice camera, by the way.

The GIMP was used to scale and crop the goose photo and to make brightness and contrast adjustments. Then the GIMP's own screen-shot utility (Files > Acquire > Screen Shot) was used to make the Figure 1 and Figure 2 images.

The Geese and hatchlings headline-photo on page 1 was shot with the same Casio digital camera with a 3x optical zoom at f/2.8 and 1/277 second. The original image size is 1600x1200 pixels. The GIMP was used to scale and crop that geese photo and to make brightness and contrast adjustments -- plus do a few other photo-editing tricks.

GIMP Features

Here is a list of GIMP features from the Gimp.Org Web site.

GIMP Features and Capabilities

This is only a very quickly thrown together list of GIMP features. This is only the tip of the iceberg.

  • Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone, etc.
  • Tile based memory managent (sic) so image size is limited only by available disk space.
  • Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high quality anti-aliasing
  • Full alpha channel support
  • Layers and channels
  • A Procedural Database for calling internal GIMP functions from external programs as in Script-fu
  • Advanced scripting capabilities
  • Multiple Undo/Redo (limited only by diskspace)
  • Virtually unlimited number of images open at one time
  • Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool.
  • Load and save animations in a convenient frame-as-layer format.
  • Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip.
  • File formats supported include gif, jpg, png, xpm, tiff, tga, mpeg, ps, pdf, pcx, bmp, and many others.
  • Load, display, convert, save to many file formats.
  • Selection tools including rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy, bezier and intelligent.
  • Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters.
  • Over 100 plugins already available.
  • Supports custom brushes and patterns
  • Much, much more!

From About The Gimp, gimp.org]

Figure 2. Screen shot of GIMP version 1.2.5 running on Microsoft Windows 98 SE. Please see text for an explanation. (Goose photo by Mike Angelo)

Conclusions

Figure 3. Combination dialog box opened in the Pattern Grid (paint bucket icon) dialog. Please see text for an explanation.
The GIMP is an excellent image, graphic, and photo editing program for the Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms. It also can be used to create graphics and drawings from scratch.

If you are looking for a first class image, graphic, and photo editing program, give the GIMP a spin. Considering that the GIMP is a free download, that should be a very easy thing for you to do.

GIMP often is referred to as an Adobe Photoshop clone because it has pretty much the same collection of features and functions that Photoshop has. However, it appears that rather than thinking of GIMP as a Photoshop clone, it would be more appropriate to think of the GIMP and Photoshop as similar software products of comparable quality.

On the other hand when it comes to pricing and licensing, Photoshop falls woefully-far short of the GIMP. GIMP is free compared to the $649 list price for Photoshop. Moreover, GIMP's licensing is very consumer/user friendly. Adobe is very deficient in this arena, too. Adobe Photoshop licensing is extremely consumer/user unfriendly. Moreover, Photoshop licensing imposes Adobe's horrible Product Activation mechanism.

Unless you are a professional photographer or image editor who needs Photoshop's prepress features, you likely ought to us the GIMP rather than Adobe Photoshop. Considering that the GIMP is a free download, that should be a very easy thing for you to do.

  • Books


The Business and Economics of Linux and Open Source, Martin Fink, Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-047677-3. $27


Books Note:

Two of today's book recommendations are not about the GIMP but rather about photo editing and digital photography. However, much of the material in these books also is applicable to the GIMP.

Unfortunately, the GIMP books are somewhat old and outdated version-wise. Therefore, the publication dates and GIMP versions have been noted for these books.

Nevertheless, these books can be very helpful. The main point of this versions discussion is to let you know that GIMP has lots more features and many user-interface improvements since these books were published. The basics are the same.

Usually, I would not recommend outdated books. However, I do not see any newer GIMP books scheduled for publication -- and these GIMP books listed here are very good books. If you click their links here, you will find links to tables of contents for these books. That should help you to get an idea if you would like to acquire any of them.

I am working on several book projects now. Perhaps I will add an up-to-date GIMP book to that list. A problem with GIMP and many Open Source and Free Software programs is that the book publishers just are not very enthusiastic about publishing books about them. If I cannot find a publisher interested in doing an up-to-date GIMP book we might publish it ourselves as a MozillaQuest project. If we do that here at MozillaQuest, it likely will either be a low cost CD or a free online book.

M.A

Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, David D. Busch, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-1800-3. $30

GIMP for Linux Bible, Stephanie Cottrell Bryant, Tillman Hodgson, Bryan Livingston, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-3398-3, (March 2000 -- GIMP v 1.1.x). $40

Gimp User's Manual, Karin and Olof S Kylander

Download Gimp User's Manual

Grokking the GIMP, Carey Bunks, SAMS, ISBN: 0735709246. (FEB 15, 2000 -- GIMP v 1.0.x). $41.

Photo Retouching & Restoration For Dummies, Julie Adair King, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-1662-0. $30


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