GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

Open-source and on-premise image manipulation software

About GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

GIMP is an open-source image manipulation software that enables businesses, graphic designers, scientists, illustrators, and photographers to edit and retouch images, design icons, create free-hand artworks, and convert files into various formats. The platform uses several programming languages, such as C++, Python, Scheme, and Perl to edit and manipulate scripted images.

GIMP allows businesses to select widget themes, icon sizes, and toolsets based on the artwork or design, save animations, and enhance images using various tools including the corrective mode and channel mixer. It provides several third-party plugins, enabling photographers to add multiple file formats and image filters to the software. Illustrators can utilize a suite of painting tools such as brush, pencil, clone, airbrush, and blend, among others to create artworks and designs according to individual requirements.

GIMP supports various file formats such as GIF, PDF, JPEG, SVG, and BMP and lets designers load or save files from remote locations using FTP, HTTP, SMB, and SFTP protocols. Businesses can utilize the storage space by saving documents with archived file extensions such as ZIP or GZ.

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Total features of GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program): 7

  • API
  • CAD Tools
  • Design Management
  • Design Templates
  • Image Editing
  • Pattern, Color & Art Storage
  • Search/Filter

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Value for Money
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Features
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Ease of Use
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Customer Support
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Josip L. Josip L.
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  • Industry: Retail
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great Free alternative for Adobe Photoshop

Reviewed on 18/07/2019

With Gimp I am creating weekly flyers with products from our company. We can save an enormous...

With Gimp I am creating weekly flyers with products from our company. We can save an enormous amount of money by doing this by ourselves and not some external design company.

Pros

Gimp is an open-source image manipulation program what means it is absolutely free to use. Also, you will receive regular updates which add new features and fixes bugs including security issues. It has all the abilities that for example Adobe Photoshop and other commercial programs have. It can offer even more because it is easily extensible and flexible for every environment with lots of great community plugins and scripts.

Cons

The user interface of Gimp is not the most beautiful one but its function is very good. It has a lot of menus and submenus so for beginners it may be a little harder to achieve some more complex operations such as retouch of a face or double exposure. Also, compatibility with Adobe file formats exists but don't except that it works perfectly. Most of the time it works flawlessly if you are opening the document from older versions of Photoshop because newer version needs some updating and updates occur approximately every 2 months which is still faster than what Adobe is doing with their Photoshop.

Josh C. Josh C.
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  • Industry: Design
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Great image editing software for free but with learning curve.

Reviewed on 07/10/2021

GIMP is by far the most comprehensive free image editing software with a large user community that...

GIMP is by far the most comprehensive free image editing software with a large user community that is willing to help and so many features that it could take a long time to learn it well.

Pros

The best thing first is that it is open source and free. If you can do it with photoshop you can probably do it with GIMP. They update quite often and add a lot to it. There is a big user base so there are all kinds of videos online to get help.

Cons

I hadn't used much photo software but need it sometimes in web design and I am definitely not fantastic with it. Like Photoshop there are so many things you can do with it that the learning curve can be quite large. It also has a funk way to export to regular type images though easy when you know what you are doing.

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Photoshop

Reasons for Switching to GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

GIMP is totally free and does almost everything that photoshop does. Both have a large learning curve so why not learn the cheap one.
Sarah S. Sarah S.
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  • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

A Great Starter Program for Anyone Wanting to Learn Graphic Design Since It's Free

Reviewed on 14/10/2021

I really appreciated that Gimp was a free software program to get my teeth cut on before taking the...

I really appreciated that Gimp was a free software program to get my teeth cut on before taking the dive to purchase the Adobe Cloud. I would recommend Gimp to anyone on a budget that's wanting to get their feet wet in the design field.

Pros

What did I like most about Gimp? The cost! We were recommended Gimp by an IT friend as a free alternative to Photoshop. Before I decided to go with the Adobe Cloud, my budget could only allow for Gimp. I appreciated that there was software with some of the capabilities of Photoshop for free. The layout/interface is similar to Photoshop and many of the sidebar tools are similar to Photoshop. I recommend Gimp for anyone who doesn't have the budget for the Adobe Cloud but wants to learn graphic design.

Cons

What would take a couple of simple steps in Photoshop takes multiple more steps in Gimp. On the upside, there are quite a bit of video tutorials to walk you through these multiple steps of Gimp on Youtube, but when you compare the process to Photoshop, it's time-consuming and it can be frustrating to a newbie. I'll give you a for instance, a book mockup will take about a minute on Photoshop either by finding a template and working with the layers panel to replace the mockup sample image or by finding a 3-dimensional book and using some of the perspective tools to manipulate the image unto the 3-dimensional pages.

With Gimp, I looked up a tutorial on Youtube and discovered that it would take 10-15 minutes for me to do this process. Not to mention, I also needed to use Pixlr (another free software program) in conjunction with Gimp to accomplish the outcome. At the time before getting the Adobe Suite, I was just happy that I could do a graphic task that would normally take the work of Photoshop!

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  • Industry: Design
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Free and Open Source Photoshop Alternative

Reviewed on 01/09/2021

From large outdoor displays to business cards and websites layouts, GIMP has got us covered here at...

From large outdoor displays to business cards and websites layouts, GIMP has got us covered here at the studio. It is our go to application for graphics manipulation and everytime we need to edit or create an image from scratch, this is where we go for.

Pros

The ease of use and installation make GIMP a no brainer for a small design studio like ours. It is very similar to the Adobe Photoshop Suite, lacking some resources but still very strong for daily tasks.

Cons

The lack of resources would be the most negative part, but there are many workarounds combining other free softwares like Krita and Inkscape that make it well worth a try. The investment is time to learn and get comfortable at using it.

Alternatives Considered

Affinity Photo

Reasons for Choosing GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

It is just better for our workflow as we can all use at the same time in the studio with a free license.

Switched From

Adobe Photoshop

Reasons for Switching to GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

The 0 price tag was what won us here. Affinity Suite is very good and I use it for personal projects but at the Studio we use GIMP as our main Image Manipulation Software.
Marcos C. Marcos C.
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

For the Right Use Cases, GIMP Is A No Brainer

Reviewed on 14/09/2021

If you want to do graphic design, I'd suggest you perhaps look elsewhere. But if what you want is...

If you want to do graphic design, I'd suggest you perhaps look elsewhere. But if what you want is image manipulation, then GIMP is the absolute best bang-for-buck you can find. There's tons of online documentation and tutorials on YouTube as well, which makes it easy to transition. Just don't expect it to be a 1:1 translation between your Photoshop workflow and GIMP.

Pros

The fact that you can get such a great alternative to Photoshop for free still boggles the mind. Sure, there are limitations, but not nearly as many as you'd think. In particular, the image manipulation side of GIMP is so strong, and the user interface so similar to that of Photoshop, that I cannot figure out why more people haven't migrated to GIMP. It's free!

Cons

If you want to use GIMP for graphic design, the story is a bit different. Photoshop has made the leap very successfully, but there are glaring omissions in GIMP which make it fall behind. The lack of smart objects is one. Another one is the sub-standard vector graphics toolset. And finally, a lack of templates to start from makes it fall short when compared to newcomers like Canva.

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Photoshop

Reasons for Switching to GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

It does 90% of what Photoshop does, but for free. If you want image manipulation on a budget, GIMP is the way to go.
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English

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