As a photographer and a GIMP user since version 1.0… I have to say that this one of the more comprehensive reviews I’ve read. Most are horrible “this is how you install the app” crap, which are useless beyond belief.
BTW, none of my clients over the past 8+ years have complained about the quality of output they received or that I was using The GIMP and not PS. (as if they even knew…)
This is the first time that I’m reviewing GIMP, and it’s definitely long overdue. As the open-source image editor of choice, the feature list of GIMP 2.6 is very long, and despite its status as a free application, it’s as feature-packed as any commercial application. GIMP is loaded with the up-to-date tools many demanding professionals need: Bézier path editing with brush stroking, tablet support, Heal Tool, alpha channels, multiple-undo History, area-averaged eyedropper, .PSD file compatibility, and a wackload of other high-end tools that are impressive in their attention to detail.
This isn’t my first time with GIMP—in my series of image editing tutorials, I used version 2.2 alongside Photoshop in an effort to keep the information as application-agnostic as possible. Version 2.6 has added a lot since then, so you can rest assured that it’s a lot of program for the zero buck. I reviewed the whole application based on how it’s suited to certain common or professional tasks that potential users might perform—testing it over a span of a few weeks on OS X and Ubuntu 8.10. So how’d GIMP do in the hands of a professional graphics guy?
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