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Gimp is Gimp, just like Photoshop is Photoshop

Comment by 5247009
about GIMP and Adobe Photoshop · May 2017 · 3 Helpful

In Gimp, the workflow is completely different, and shortcuts are as well. For instance, in most programs, you use Ctrl + D to deselect, but in Gimp you use Ctrl + Shift + A. It's like the Emacs of image editing: you must relearn all controls from square one, at the alleged benefit of greater long-term productivity from using a very robust and script-oriented program.

I have pity on those who simply cannot afford Photoshop. It is industry-standard software and arguably more conformant to user interface guidelines, whereas Gimp has often been caught in the line of fire among all of the projects that Gimp depends on (GTK, automake, GEGL, etc.). Gimp is no exception: like many large open-source projects, debates and holy wars are certainly abound ("floating panels, or everything in one window?").

That said, if you need a Photoshop-like workflow but cannot afford Photoshop, you really are out of luck and should try to find another way to use Photoshop for your needs. However, if you are open to using a new program and workflow (i.e. you've never had the opportunity of using Photoshop), then Gimp is very likely to fit your bill.



Comment by cloundy89
about GIMP · Mar 2017 ·

i think that for a free software is very good.


Great alternative

about GIMP · · 1 Helpful

You will be amazed how awesome this software is. A lot of premium features simillar to phtoshop. ut it's totally free. So you can enjoy all this functionality and not pay money.

But it would be great to donate the cost of a premium coffee once to the project.


it's fine

Comment by gregzaid
about GIMP · Mar 2016 · 3 Helpful

i think that for a free software is quite good but i think photoshop is way better.


GNU creation

Comment by GordonNelson
about GIMP and Adobe Photoshop · Oct 2015 ·

After using that software I bought Adobe Photoshop



about GIMP · · -1 Helpful

heavie dependencies

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Incorrectly labeled license

Comment by HackedChicken
about GIMP and GIMPshop · Mar 2015 ·

Gimp and Gimpshop are listed here as "free". They both should be listed as "open source".

I have approved your changes.
Thanks for reporting :)

My pleasure! Community resources like this site are only as good as we make them, so I try to be a good proactive netizen.


Best Free Program ever

about GIMP · · 1 Helpful

i love this program, i use everyday, it's very easy to use
i rate 9/10


New version of GIMP rocks!

about GIMP · · 1 Helpful

I've just recently installed the new version of GIMP - 2.8, and I already love it. The previous 2.6 did what I wanted anyway. But this one does even more and in much smoother convenient way. 10 out of 10. Who needs to pay hundreds of bucks for PS now (except for those involved in professional pre-print routine)?

I use it in Windows and Linux and it works pretty much the same in either environment.

I beg to differ about 2.8, the work flow is messed up. With 2.8 when you open a photo, say a jpg, it is imported. When you get done with your edits you have to export it. If you want to export it to the same name there is no keyboard short cut for that action. After you export, "save", it and you close the window you have to deal with a popup that asks if you want to save changes. Bad work flow, bad user experience.

Saying that I have been happy with previous versions.


gimp best

Comment by muggo
about GIMP · Mar 2012 · 1 Helpful

not worth paying for PS, because it is GIMP :)


Professional use

Comment by EmasXP
about GIMP · Jul 2011 · 1 Helpful

I use GIMP professionally at my job. We use only open source software, so I had to learn GIMP instead of Photoshop. There was a pretty steep learning curve, but I will never touch Photoshop today. I still miss some things like layer effects though, but I think GIMP wins in the end. I know it is a bit different and frustrating to get a grip on. I believe that everyone should give GIMP a honest try before thowing it into the trash can.

it is rumored that GIMP will add new layer blend modes.

Adobe has repeatedly ignored requests to add this functionality to their SDK.


Great piece of software for those of us not wanting to fork ...

Comment by DaveSimonH
about GIMP · Jun 2011 · 1 Helpful

Great piece of software for those of us not wanting to fork out for photoshop, and/or illegally obtain it and end up with system full of viruses & trojans.


When I'm on the clock, I'm using Adobe Photoshop - still th ...

Comment by peterstaack
about GIMP · Jun 2011 · 1 Helpful

When I'm on the clock, I'm using Adobe Photoshop - still the king of the raster graphics editors, IMO. But, for my own personal usage, I've really taken a liking to GIMP. PS CS5 has actually been giving my computer a little grief, every so often, while every iteration of GIMP has always been rock solid. It's a little easier on the system resources, and man... I do like the price tag of $0.00.


If it wasn't for the layer handling, I could bring myself t ...

Comment by DanMan
about GIMP · Jun 2011 ·

If it wasn't for the layer handling, I could bring myself to use it. But being raised on Photoshop (yes, there, I've said the bad word) that part feels really awkward.