GIMP

Open source image editor gets even better

GIMP is a free, open source tool that lets you create and edit images. View full description

PROS

  • Multiplatform
  • Powerful image editing tools
  • Lots of interface tweaks to make it newbie friendly
  • Single-window mode
  • Powerful free image editing program

CONS

  • Can't view multiple items in single-window mode
  • Not many included automated features

Excellent
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GIMP is a free, open source tool that lets you create and edit images.

GIMP has been around for over two decades and development has been stable over the years. The newest update for GIMP gives a slew of new features and a glimpse into the future for this incredible open source image editor.

Features

All the features of GIMP are still present. You can create your own images with tools for airbrushing, penciling, cloning, and creating gradients. Power users can create their own brushes and patterns to use later. GIMP also allows users to manipulate images imported into the program. You can crop, add text, resize, and create nested layers. There is even a way to animate your creations.

New additions

GIMP has now been updated with many user interface tweaks to make the application accessible to newbies. The biggest interface addition is the ability to edit in a single-window. GIMP versions of the past drew criticism for their confusing interfaces, but the developers are addressing many of these issues in this newest version. While single-window mode is great, it is also disappointing that there is no way to view multiple projects side by side.

Other updated features include easier text editing, nested layer groups, and a shift to using the Generic Graphics Library (GEGL), which is a more sophisticated image processing framework. GEGL was introduced a couple of years back in a developer version and has now made its way into the sable, consumer version. GIMP developers hope to move entirely to GEGL by version 2.10. One of the major advantages of GIMP using GEGL is the ability for non-destructive editing and high bit-depth images.

GIMP now only saves to its own XCF format to retain layers and other file manipulation information. Users can still choose to save in formats like JPEG and PNG but will have to "export" the project instead of saving. This follows in the footsteps of Adobe Photoshop.

The latest GIMP is better than ever. Its developers are taking the user experience into serious consideration and are speeding up development for this already great photo editor.

Changes

  • For a full list of changes, please see here.

GIMP supports the following formats

BMP, GIF, JPG, PCX, PNG, PS, TIF, TGA, XPM
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GIMP 2.8.18

— User reviews — about GIMP

  • bryson.holbert

    by bryson.holbert

    "Thanks"

    I think its cool I heard of it on Chatlands 2HD so now I can make poses, thanks Gimp!. More.

    reviewed on August 1, 2013

  • teddybeartruck

    by teddybeartruck

    "GIMP does not work with Windows 7 64bit."

    I would like to use it but it will not work with Windows 7. . More.

    reviewed on July 13, 2013

  • Revliun Studio

    by Revliun Studio

    "A powerful alternative"

    GIMP is a powerful photo editor. It may be advanced, but once ... More.

    reviewed on May 19, 2012

  • EternalFire

    by EternalFire

    "Better Than Photoshop"

    I started using GIMP about 3 years ago. I found it through a YouTube speedpaint. At first, I was a little discouraged, b... More.

    reviewed on February 1, 2012

  • Xenia Palen

    by Xenia Palen

    "Love it"

    Love Gimp, Paint shop is to expensive. The only down sides that I have had with it is when I had to many brushes loaded ... More.

    reviewed on November 30, 2011

  • salvaincullen

    by salvaincullen

    "Broken Laptop"

    After downloading GIMP on my first laptop, it got lots of viruses. My laptop ran slowly due to it. Also, it made my lapt... More.

    reviewed on November 26, 2011