GIMP; the open source alternative to Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is expensive, there’s no denying it. But there are plenty of other options, such as GIMP; the open source alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program (formerly known as General Image Manipulation Program). What is GNU? It is a Unix-like computer operating system which began in 1983 developed initially by Richard Stallman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

On June 4, 2012 their latest updates were released. GEGL 0.3.0 features 71 new image-processing operations; and BABL 0.1.2 which features update to improve conversions of pixel formats.

If you are looking for a free alternative solution to graphic designing software GIMP is FANTASTIC. There are many resources available online such as tutorials. They also have an extensive FAQ section on their website, which covers a lot of common questions and solutions.


GIMP is not as bulky as Photoshop therefore does not require as much as space on your hard-drive. There are many plugins and you are even able to install color profiles for more color options to make your GIMP software more like Photoshop. Whether you are trying to design from scratch, manipulate photographs, and/or add special effects you are able to accomplish this with GIMP if you are willing to learn and practice.

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