Alternatives to GIMP for all platforms with any license

Platforms

Show 11 less popular platforms

GIMP Comments

Gimp is Gimp, just like Photoshop is Photoshop

Comment by 5247009
about GIMP and Adobe Photoshop · May 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 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.

Reply

it's fine

Comment by gregzaid
about GIMP · Mar 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful

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

Reply

gimp best

Comment by muggo
about GIMP · Mar 2012 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful

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

Reply

Professional use

Comment by EmasXP
about GIMP · Jul 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 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.

Reply
Comment by DaveSimonH
about GIMP · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 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.

Reply
Comment by peterstaack
about GIMP · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 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.

Reply
Comment by MiriamGreen
about GIMP · Aug 2017 · Helpful Not helpful

Great one) I like that one) But it is not very easy to understand at the first time

Reply
Comment by MiriamGreen
about GIMP · Aug 2017 · Helpful Not helpful

Great one) I like that one) But it is not very easy to understand at the first time

Reply
Comment by JacenBoy
about GIMP · Jul 2017 · Helpful Not helpful

It's fairly simple to understand and makes fairly good quality images for use in YouTube videos.

Reply
Comment by merovigiam
about GIMP · Jun 2017 · Helpful Not helpful

Reliable and customizable so you can make your flow efficient.

Reply
Comment by wojosc
about GIMP · Apr 2017 · Helpful Not helpful

GIMP is great because it is cross platform and you'll find loads of tutorials with which you can do pretty much anything to manipulate your pictures.

Reply

good

Comment by cloundy89
about GIMP · Mar 2017 · Helpful Not helpful

i think that for a free software is very good.

Reply

GNU creation

Comment by GordonNelson
about GIMP and Adobe Photoshop · Oct 2015 · Helpful Not helpful

After using that software I bought Adobe Photoshop

Reply

Incorrectly labeled license

Comment by HackedChicken
about GIMP and GIMPshop · Mar 2015 · Helpful Not helpful

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

Hi.
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.

Reply