Bring Out The Gimp!
No, I’m not about to recommend some character from a well known movie, but an amazing FREE image manipulation program called Gimp, which stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It began life back in the 90’s as an Open Source Software for Linux, but over the years it has matured into a well respected program that runs on most modern systems.
How Can You Use Gimp?
If you need to do a lot of graphic work Gimp does pretty much everything you need without the heavy price tag that comes with other well known programs such as Photoshop.
If you need to edit an image, or make a banner for your website, Gimp is for you.
- It has a customizable interface, which allows you to set it up for many different tasks
- Photo enhancing
- Digital retouching
- Painting and text tools for creating banners etc.
- High quality plugins
- Online tutorials
Recognizes most common file formats.
If you need to work on graphics Gimp has you covered. If you feel lost, not quite sure where to stay using such software, there are comprehensive tutorials on YouTube covering most aspects of image manipulation.
When you boot it up for the first time you will see a typical set of tools and interface as you could think it was a customized Photoshop. It has the usual Editing Window, Tools, Brushes, colours and Textures.
A lot of die hards are going to tell you it isn’t as good as Photoshop and they’re correct, but if you’re like me and occasionally need to edit an image or make a banner it is more than adequate for this task and plenty more.