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The Gimp - as good as PS?

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slimtim
slimtim  10191 forum posts
3 Nov 2006 - 9:33 AM

Some one has introduced me to an open source free program called "The Gimp" (!) which apparently has 95% of the functionality of Photoshop but is completely free. It was originally made for Linux but he has given me a windows version which I am yet to try out.

Has anyone heard of or even better, had any experience of The Gimp? I can't quite believe it can be as good as PS, perhaps someone could shed some more light on it....

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riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2006 - 9:45 AM

yes, I use it occasinally, and it is reasonable, but would not say that it is a patch on CS2, more like PS4 standards

deviant
deviant  103024 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2006 - 9:50 AM

The GIMP is in my opinion an Open Source obsessives delusional belief in a program that is as good as PS. Found it's functionality limited, the workflow inconvenient and the stability and speed woeful.
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samfurlong
3 Nov 2006 - 10:28 AM

Afraid to say that i agree with deviant! Fans of open source software love to get on their high horses from time to time and sneer at the rest of us who use the 'corporate rubbish' from the big companies like microsoft / adobe etc...
I like linux for example, its a great o.s and my backups / storge server in my attic runs it but as a workstation o.s I don't rate it, the functionality isn't as good as windows and compatibility with certain devices and pieces of software is not there - its the same story with GIMP good idea but needs some serious cash invested to fulfil its potential and to do that it would have to become the property of a company and thus no longer open source.

There is a reason that photoshop is the industry standard image editing program - it's the best, simple as that! (by a long, long way as well!!)

However... if you use a mac then keep an eye on aperture - its only on the 1st version still but it's looking promising!

deviant
deviant  103024 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2006 - 10:40 AM


Quote: However... if you use a mac then keep an eye on aperture - its only on the 1st version still but it's looking promising!

Yes but so is Lightroom...

SteveCharles
3 Nov 2006 - 11:43 AM

Basically, no, the Gimp is not as good as PS.

I used it for a while before getting Photoshop earlier this year. While I was impressed with it's capabilities for a free piece of software, I found it quite clunky and it can take a little detective work to find what you want. It just doesn't have the instant usability and sensible layout of PS. It may well be the case that it can do much of what PS can do, but the way it does it is much less polished and straightforward.

Being free, it doesn't hurt to have it on your computer to use the functions your other software might not have. For example, it has a channel mixer, which I understand PS Elements doesn't.

Maybe if I went back to it now I have experience of PS, more knowledge of the terminology and more understanding of the editing controls, I'd find it easier to use; but now I have CS2, why would I? Smile

Steve

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014720 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2006 - 1:45 PM

you get what you pay for

gimp is free

photoshop is expensive... unless you have the keygen (which I've heard of but never seen)

imagegrill
3 Nov 2006 - 1:48 PM

The name puts me off...lol

If it was as good as PS then that would be too good to be true - and that never happends!

deviant
deviant  103024 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2006 - 1:52 PM

I'd disagree there is some great freeware out there. I use tons. It's just the GIMP is not that great.

Krakman
Krakman  73615 forum posts Scotland
3 Nov 2006 - 1:57 PM

I thought a Gimp was a kind of machine gun?

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014720 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2006 - 2:03 PM

the gimp is something you bring out occasionally

deviant
deviant  103024 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2006 - 2:05 PM

Mmmm MMMM MMmmmm Mmmmm

Krakman
Krakman  73615 forum posts Scotland
3 Nov 2006 - 2:19 PM


Quote: The gimp is something you bring out occasionally

Aren't you thinking of a Chimp???

BOB S
BOB S  122622 forum posts
3 Nov 2006 - 2:21 PM

Does it come zipped up ??

BOB

mlewis
mlewis  91475 forum posts United Kingdom
3 Nov 2006 - 2:27 PM

I thought they came in locked chests.

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