- Completely FREE, fairly powerful, easy to use
- Not as many features as other programs.
Gimp is perfect for those new to graphics editing or those not needing professional level editing capabilities. Best of all, its Free.
If Photoshop scares the daylights out of you or Corel Paint Shop Pro looks over complicated and malicious, The Gimp is the perfect answer. An open source and completely free graphics editing program, The Gimp is simple to use and surprisingly powerful. It isn't as powerful as other high end graphics programs but is useful for those new to graphics editing or those looking for a good alternative to the mainstream packages.
Gimp has constant functionality updates but the latest version, 2.2.10, hasn't added anything new to its list. The latest update fixed a few reported bugs to make it more stable to use. We found the current build very stable and quite a pleasure to use, free from the shackles of the uber-technical world of Adobe Photoshop.
Gimp does many of the same things that Photoshop does under a user-friendly interface which is far easier to follow. It isn't as simple as some of the low-end graphics packages but the balance of functionality and interface is perfect. Photoshop users will instantly recognise many of the icons in the toolbar and pick up how to use them easily. Those new to image manipulation may still struggle with Gimp at first, since the help menus and tutorials aren't highly detailed, but the Gimp website is chock full of useful information and more thorough tutorials.
Gimp has one major thing going for it that makes it friendlier than Photoshop. When you mouse over a tool in the tool bar, the program tells you what the tool is used for in plain, easy to understand, English. For example, if you mouse over the eye dropper tool it would say "pick a colour out of the image" rather than stating "eyedropper tool". This little touch makes a world of difference for people who don't understand exactly what an icon means.
Ease of use is really the best thing Gimp has going for it, as compared with Photoshop it is vastly inferior. Photoshop excels in precise image manipulation, all done in real time. Many Gimp effects are overly complex and are not applied in real time and much trial and error is required to get the desired result. Also, fine detailed work like deep etching and other masking tasks are harder to do on Gimp. However, some Gimp effects are very easy to use and their Script-fu effects are a fun and interesting addition to the package.
There are many differences between the two packages but all you need to know as a consumer is that Gimp is absolutely, completely, 100% free of charge. Considering the resources available to Adobe to make Photoshop, Gimp has accomplished quite a feat. If you are looking for a piece of software to do image editing without needing to a university degree to run it, Gimp could be the answer. It is not as complex as Photoshop while avoiding being as idiot-proof as Google Picasa 2.
Gimp 2.2.10 can be downloaded from http://www.gimp.org/
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 Mazda MX-5 (2016) review: Absolute driving purity
- 3 Sony 75-inch UHD TV (X9400C) review: Sony and Android are a winning duo
- 4 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera UHD TV review: good hardware, fragmented software
Best Deals on Good Gear Guide
Latest News Articles
- Mozilla Firefox update fixes several vulnerabilities
- Windows Phone can now work on smartphones with Intel x86 chips
- iOS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.11.3 are now available
- New field test lets you install Android apps directly from Google search
- Survey says: Almost a third of US consumers on Windows 10
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTDigital Marketing Specialist | Media BuyerNSW
- CCProgram Support ManagerQLD
- FTCyber Security SpecialistNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/Crystal Report) 160115/AP/vhsAsia
- FTLogistics Systems ManagerNSW
- CCIT Performance Test AnalystACT
- CCIT Solution DesignerNSW
- CCTechnical Lead - .NET TechnologiesACT
- FTBusiness Analyst / Scrum MasterNSW
- CCSSIS/ SSRS ExpertVIC
- CCSenior Systems Analyst (Biomedical)SA
- CCIT Service Improvement SpecialistNSW
- CCContract Junior Programmer (JAVA/Mobile App) 160115/JP/vhaAsia
- FTTechnical Lead (Java)NSW
- CCProject Server Specialist / MS ProjectNSW
- CCDBA (Oracle/SQL)NSW
- CCJava Development Contract - MelbourneVIC
- FTSenior Mobile Developer - IOSNSW
- CCSenior Android DeveloperNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (Java/Visual VB.net) 160115/AP/vhsAsia
- CCAndroid and iOS DevelopersVIC
- CCBusiness Project Manager - Transformation ProgramNSW
- CCBusiness and Financial AnalystACT
- CCProgrammer/Analyst Programmer (JAVA/Moblie) 160115/AP/P/vhaAsia
- CCIT Security EngineerNSW