GIMP: Fully-Featured Free Photo Editor

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I ran into an issue recently where I switched to a new MacBook Air which didn’t have any of my usual tools installed (old one broke: long story). I usually lean very heavily on the Adobe Creative Suite, and I have the last full Master Suite on CDs before they switched to their new subscription model. Since Macs are getting rid of disc dives, this presented a problem as I didn’t have an external disc drive handy, and didn’t want to spend the time creating DMG files on an eternal hard drive, because I was in a hurry.

Desperate for something I could quickly download and use (for free), Google quickly led me to GIMP.

GIMP is a very good free GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). This image editor is available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, and if you’re a coder, you can change its source code and distribute your changes.

It is similar to Photoshop in many ways, but takes a bit of getting used to. My Photoshop muscle memory kicks in, and I end up using keyboard shortcuts that often don’t apply. 🙂

Article by: Jonathan Rath


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