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GIMP is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and...

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GIMP is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, and more.

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GIMP (sometimes referred to as GNU Image Manipulation Program) was added by Stuck in Feb 2009 and the lastest update was made in Dec 2015. There is a history of activites on GIMP in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on GIMP or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.

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Try not to listen to those disparaging GIMP's UI

Positive Review by charlesgoodwin about GIMP Also mentioning: Adobe Photoshop 8 days ago

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.


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).


so true!


It's not an unprofessional name, nor is it stupid just because you think it is. I'm afraid if someone did that, they'd make it a horrible, ugly, mac-like interface that would completely deter me from ever using it again. I've had enough of crappy interfaces & I love the interface for GIMP except for the saving/exporting issue. There's really nothing else that is a big problem


GIMP is a failed experiment

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.


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.