GIMP 2.8.14

Open-source app, short for GNU Image Manipulation Program, which comes bundled with many options and tools, and supports a large number of plugins

GIMP 2.8.14

But calling GIMP an image editor is like calling the sleek, limited edition, 268mph Bugatti Veyron Super Sport a nice car. It doesn’t even scratch the surface.

For this GIMP download is an incredible piece of software - versatile, powerful and free. It’s the answer to your image editing needs, especially if youve ever peeked at the price of Adobe Photoshop and gulped how much?

If you didn’t know (or guess), GIMP is an acronym. It stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, a title that highlights the program’s origins as a Linux image editor.

But, as weve pointed out, GIMP is much more than a simple image editor. Using it simply for red-eye removal and image resizing would be as much of a crime as using the aforementioned Bugatti supercar to do your weekly shopping.

GIMP is a complex beast, a well-tooled, free alternative to the power of Photoshop that comes with various professional features for pictures and photos.

The selection and montage techniques are particularly solid and it offers plenty of selection tools. The retouching and contrast correction fulfil most user demands too. In just a few steps you can crop images, edit cuttings, colourize images, reduce CCD noise and decrease problem contrast.

While it certainly has the basic image editing features youd expect, GIMP also caters for expert-level users, yet we doubt that they know every nook and cranny or every function and option.

A quick look at the GIMPs tutorials page gives you a glimpse of what the software is capable of - layer masks, bezier curves and gradients, adding film grain or watercolour effects to images, making custom brushes, and using GAP (the GIMP Animation Package).

Of course, for many years GIMP had a reputation for being difficult to use. It has previously been an irritation for Windows users in that it completely ignored various Windows UI conventions.

   



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