GIMP Reviews

GIMP is incomplete without installing G'MIC 1 Helpful

Positive Review by disembowelingADware
about GIMP Mar 2017

G'MIC is a must have free plug-in suite.

While GIMP lacks much of the polish of Photoshop it is in every man's budget and ought be installed on every desktop with or without photoshop.

gmic screen shot of fandom

GIMP is rumored to be expanding layer blend modes.

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


OK but...

Review by lancer502
about GIMP Oct 2016

It's fine if you don't mind a crappy interface


Gimp 2.9.2 Development Version is awesome !

Positive Review by jonayadrahman
about GIMP Mar 2016

Gimp 2.9 version is not for professionals ! but if you love gimp you might give it a try !
it comes with these feature !

  • 16/32bit per color channel processing.
  • Basic OpenEXR support.
  • On-canvas preview for many filters.
  • Experimental hardware-accelerated rendering and processing via OpenCL.
  • Higher-quality downscaling.

[Edited by jonayadrahman, March 17]


Not bad but not nearly a good as photoshop

Negative Review by RangersFan81
about GIMP and Adobe Photoshop Feb 2016

People online say this program is as good as photoshop. Maybe it is for some but I find it to be lacking in the features I need. If your budget is next to none then this is a reasonable alternative but if you have the budget go for photoshop.


Try not to listen to those disparaging GIMP's UI 2 Helpful

Positive Review by charlesgoodwin
about GIMP and Adobe Photoshop Jan 2016

They'll have 1 thing in common - they all got used to Photoshop first.

GIMP isn't perfect. It's got rough edges. It is developed by volunteers, it is not backed by a huge commercial effort like Photoshop nor is it sold for a huge price tag.

Considering that, for 98% of image editing requirements GIMP is just as good as Photoshop. Only if you are in an elite upper tier of artists would it actually be inadequate.

If you are used to Photoshop, you'll find GIMP horrible to use. The same is true in reverse. They are difficult applications with different structures and different approaches to many tasks. It's like going from a Mac to Windows and vice versa. You have to unlearn what you know and relearn something else, and for many that is too much to ask.

However to lack the perspective to understand this basic principle - that you prefer what you know - and lay into the work of the GIMP developers with very unconstructive criticisms is hardly helping anybody. Given it is open source, why not engage them, or why not try to implement improvements? Oh, that would take effort. Trolling online takes no effort whatsoever!

The GIMP has a ton of great features, is constantly improving, and is never going to cost you money. It will just cost you a bit of your time to learn how to use it.


GIMP is a failed experiment -3 Helpful

Negative Review by j4n
about GIMP Aug 2015

Yes, GIMP is the superduper opensource free software with too many great features to name them all.

But if you are really a graphician, designer or just casual user GIMP will disappoint you every day because there is literally NO USABILITY whatsoever.

In ANY know graphics program a typical userscenario would be to paint or earase something - a line, a dot or whatever. And followed by that is using a slightly modified pen/brush/eraser to try sth. else or modify the existing.

This is just not possible in GIMP. You will under no circumstances EVER have the joy of painting or drawing because for EACH AND EVERY move (paint/erase) you will need to create a NEW brush.
No joke: there is no way of making a brush harder.
Just need to erase that tiny little thing you drew wrong...and not 100% hardness but maybe 25% hardness? Well, stop your work and start the creation of a new pen.

Now GIMP dictators call this bug a feature because they claim you'll soon have a set of just nice brushes to work with. But in reality the opposite is the case: you work gets worse over time because all your artwork will be on canvaces of different sizes and that makes the idea of re-usable brushes that cannot change size or hardness plain dumb.

This "feature" is known to the community since quite a few years and not a single bit of improvement has been seen. The usual admicracy telling the user to change its habits instead of improving softwareware.

I think GIMP is a waste of time. Free Photoshop Online .com is better and has a WAY better usability than ANYTHING GIMP ever came up with.


GIMP will always have a terrible user interface -2 Helpful

Negative Review by endolith
about GIMP Jul 2012

The people who make GIMP are completely clueless about how to design a user interface. You would think that after 16 years of complaints, they'd get a clue, but they don't.

Version 2.8 finally fixes the multiple window idiocy, but it also introduces even more problems. Now when you scroll a zoomed-in image, your processor chokes and it dumps garbage to the screen, moving very slowly. It's now easier to make a brush that's 500-10,000 pixels wide (which nobody ever wants), but it's more difficult to make a brush 5 pixels wide. If you want to save an image in any format except XCF (which nobody ever uses), you now have to "export" it, jumping through extra hoops to do what a single Ctrl+S does in every other program on earth.

The developers think this is making the program more "professional", but it's really just making it more stupid. I wish someone with some sense would take the guts out of the GIMP and give it a real user interface (and without the stupid unprofessional name).


This is one piece of crap, that I will never ever touch again! -2 Helpful

Negative Review by ilgaar
about GIMP Jul 2012

I'm usually very forgiving of apps, specially open source apps. I myself am a promoter of the open source idea, and I have some software developing experience. I know that people working on open source software are actually, contributing their time and resources to a greater cause. I do appreciate their effort. But honesty, there is no other way for me to express this, but "Gimp really sucks!" It specially sucks on Mac. everything about this app is clunky and awkward, specially the user interface. It's slow, confusing, and none native. The platform independence is a myth about this app, which is quite understandable, considering the limited number of resources and personal available to develop and maintain such a piece of mess.

Gimp is one of many open source software that has sacrificed dedication to achieve generalization. It seems Gimp developers insist on tying Gimp strictly to X11 and GTK, in order to accomplish the goal of platform independence. This is a trade off, giving away user friendliness, dedication, and performance, in order to reach a greater audience, ouch!

Gimp is too complicated and over complicated. I remember a famous quote from Einstein-"If you can't explain it simply , you don't understand it well enough." Simplicity is a novelty in an app. The translation of that in computer world would be: if a user using your app can't accomplish complicated task through simple straight forward steps, then your app is not a user friendly app, rather it's a complicated machine friendly app.

Gimp is a nice idea that hasn't been thought-out good enough. It maybe a nice app on linux, but it's a crap that should be avoided on other platforms. I've been using it for over 3 years now, although lately I've been only using it occasionally as a reference, and still it feels as awkward and awful as it was the first time I used it. I don't think I will use Gimp ever again for professional image editing or painting.

Trust me, if you are one of the 95% non Linux users on the planet, don't waste your time on this big Hype, save yourself the headache, and try something else. If you are a Windows user, I'd recommend, if you are a Mac user and want to spare a few bucks to get a quality app, I'd recommend Pixelmator. Although they appear to be abandoned projects but it might be useful to check out Pinta, Seashore and MyPaint too.