Monday, August 8, 2011

Gimp: the free image editor

Basically, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a software-Dino: Since 1995 is working on its development. Gimp has long been - just as most commercial programs - retrofit capabilities via plug-in system, flexible tools to zoom and move in real time, simultaneous processing of multiple images, support for numerous file formats and 8-24 bit color depth per image.

Nevertheless Gimp long remained a niche product for keyboard shortcuts and code-secure Linux users - are designed to operate too bulky for convenient Windows users who had grown accustomed to the Photoshop system. But even in the most recent versions of the GIMP developers relied on user friendliness and improved workflows.

Since version 2.0 (2004) Gimp knows a simple conversion for CMYK prepress, page 2.2 preview functions, and since 2.4 is a powerful Undo protocol. In version 2.8, the Web community is currently waiting, they will (finally?) Bring the full-screen work surface, layer groups and layer styles.

Gimp instead of Photoshop? Can the free Gimp, which is developed by a team of volunteers, be an alternative to the more than 1,000 € expensive Photoshop? Apart from the fact that Gimp is not spending as such, the open-source software package for professional users is really probably less suitable.

CMYK options are missing, the processing of HDR images is not possible and needs to improve speed and reliability for the simultaneous handling of many heavy megabyte photos left. Gimp is support it only on forums - if you also need a very quick fix, you must wait until a volunteer responds.

In contrast, you buy with the proud purchase of Photoshop access to supervised support forums and an extensive material. In addition, the chance is great that someone can help out your colleagues and acquaintances - Photoshop is now even more common image-editing standard and many have worked with it already.

Gimp - for whom, then? Despite all the counterpoints much speaks for Gimp. It is frugal with system requirements and available for many platforms. If you want to work with Windows so times, sometimes with Mac or Linux and not change every time another graphics program, install Gimp. The basic functions (and many more) are available, the precise tools, numerous filters and effects.

Are you keen amateur photographer, learn some PC and willing to engage with the Gimp-system, you can get for free a lot more than just a useful package. Installing Gimp on Windows is done quickly. Download the latest software package (version 2.6.11) on your computer. The link to Gimp versions for other operating systems, see "Show other downloads." Have you unzipped the package, run the installation with a double.

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