GIMP

Open-source and on-premise image manipulation software

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GIMP Overview

What is GIMP?

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.

GIMP Overview

Pricing

Starting from
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Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Value for money

GIMP is an open-source software. It is available for free.


GIMP Features

Devices
Business size
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Markets
United States
Supported Languages
English

Media

GIMP sample points
GIMP metadata viewer
GIMP designing
GIMP create new image
GIMP set up layer boundary size
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GIMP Reviews

GIMP Reviews

Overall rating
4.4
/
5
Excellent
1104

Very good
791

Average
199

Poor
26

Terrible
8

Value for Money
4.8
Features
4.3
Ease of Use
3.8
Customer Support
4
89% recommended this app
Josip L.

Great Free alternative for Adobe Photoshop

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.


John W.

Top quality free Adobe Photoshop substitute

It's fairly easy to use if you've used and are familiar with Photoshop and the like. We use it for all of our image and graphic manipulation. It's fast, easy and free. For our needs I could never justify paying several hundreds of dollars for Photoshop (industry leader or not).


Derek N.

The Ultimate Alternative to Photoshop!


Jordan B.

A Quick Tool for Free Editing

I love the fact that it is free, and I do recommend it as a free alternative to Photoshop. Especially to those individuals who are new to photo editing, and don't want to spend any money. My overall experience is good, but blotched with frustrations due to the poor GUI layout. There are a handful of file formats that it can convert to that photoshop cannot, so I will often import my work from photoshop and use it to export it to my desired file type.


Abhishek T.

Best alternative for photoshop

It is perfect for me. Photoshop is very costly for me. Usually for my game development I use inkscape but for altering the output image , now I use gimp and experience is fine enough. I will surely recommend it to others


Josip L.
Industry: Retail
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Great Free alternative for Adobe Photoshop

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 18/7/2019
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

John W.
Industry: Retail
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Top quality free Adobe Photoshop substitute

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 30/10/2019
Review Source: Capterra

It's fairly easy to use if you've used and are familiar with Photoshop and the like. We use it for all of our image and graphic manipulation. It's fast, easy and free. For our needs I could never justify paying several hundreds of dollars for Photoshop (industry leader or not).

Pros

Gimp can do almost everything that Photoshop can do for free. I'm not much of a power user but it's amazing what it can do. I often look for features to use just because I can and because the visual effects can be so interesting. It has really evolved over the years with features and improvements in ease of use. With the last update to v2 it runs much faster on Windows 10 and is more efficient with computer resources than it ever used to be.

Cons

Being an open source application means that bug fixes and updates come slower than they would from a for-profit company (like Adobe). But since it's free, who really cares? For a small business like ours it's perfect and it does everything we need to (and more).

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Derek N.
Industry: Design
Company size: 51-200 Employees

The Ultimate Alternative to Photoshop!

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 18/12/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

GIMP has been quite the program that I have used for the past 8 years. Before I dived into Photoshop (for school), I used GIMP for all of my art projects. Not only is it free, but it's an incredible learning tool for people that want to get into learning about digital art, design, and photo editing activities.

Cons

I wish the UI (User Interface) was a bit more cheerful, but the important content matter while using GIMP is the piece of work itself!

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Jordan B.
Industry: Defense & Space
Company size: 10,000+ Employees

A Quick Tool for Free Editing

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 7/8/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I love the fact that it is free, and I do recommend it as a free alternative to Photoshop. Especially to those individuals who are new to photo editing, and don't want to spend any money. My overall experience is good, but blotched with frustrations due to the poor GUI layout. There are a handful of file formats that it can convert to that photoshop cannot, so I will often import my work from photoshop and use it to export it to my desired file type.

Pros

For most everyone in the photography world, GIMP is an obvious go to for free editing software. For a long time, before Adobe had created the cloud, it was the only real affordable way to edit images. The universal OS deployment is also a huge plus! With adobe you're stuck with windows or Mac, but with Gimp you can use it on a linux machine! This in itself is why GIMP is still in the running and consideration for a Photoshop alternative photo editing software.

Cons

The first and most obvious is the strange and un-user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI). The GUI tends to be spread out, and it has no background window frame, so your windows desktop peeks through around all of the edges. To me this is a huge con, because as I am editing I want a high contrast single color background that doesn't distract me from my work. Some may say, then make your desktop background black, and yes this is an alternative, but it is an unnecessary step, that the software engineers and developers can easily remedy.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5.0/10

Abhishek T.
Industry: Computer Games
Company size: Self Employed

Best alternative for photoshop

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 21/9/2020
Review Source: Capterra

It is perfect for me. Photoshop is very costly for me. Usually for my game development I use inkscape but for altering the output image , now I use gimp and experience is fine enough. I will surely recommend it to others

Pros

The best part which I love about it is that it is open source software. It gives a very good satisfaction and gives a way for other also to improve it.
The other best part which I love about it is its price(FREE) . This removes the barrier for many newbies.
Other than that the features which I really appreciate about it is frequent update cycles,huge community and options of adding plugins and scripts ( many users donate it for free for other users)

Cons

1.) UI in my opinion is quite old fashioned.
2.) It takes more clicks to achieve the same goal as compared to other rivals like Photoshop
3.) It's compatibility with other software is not so smooth ( this experience may differ from user to user)
4.) It had been quite a time since it was released but still it has failed to make an impact on commercial space ( take the example of blender:- it has acquired attention of many big players in the market)
5.) Performance ( bigger files):- I have noticed that photoshop is much more better in managing bigger project as compared to gimp (not a huge difference but still)

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Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

User recommendation
8.4/10
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GIMP Pricing

GIMP Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Free
Value for money

GIMP is an open-source software. It is available for free.

GIMP is an open-source software. It is available for free.

Value for Money
4.8/5
Based on 2,128 user ratings
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GIMP Features

GIMP Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Automatic Notifications
Content Management
Customisable Branding
Customisable Templates
Data Import/Export
Drag & Drop Interface
Electronic Payments
Inventory Management
Order Management
Product Catalogue
Reporting & Statistics
SEO Management
Search Functionality
Social Media Integration
Template Management
Third Party Integration
Website Management
eCommerce Management
Features
4.3/5
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GIMP FAQs

GIMP FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for GIMP.

Q. What type of pricing plans does GIMP offer?

GIMP offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Free

Free Trial: Not Available

GIMP is an open-source software. It is available for free.

Q. What are the main features of GIMP?

We do not have any information about GIMP features

Q. Who are the typical users of GIMP?

GIMP has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does GIMP support?

GIMP supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does GIMP offer?

GIMP has the following pricing plans:

Free

Q. Does GIMP support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices GIMP supports

Q. What other apps does GIMP integrate with?

We do not have any information about what integrations GIMP has

Q. What level of support does GIMP offer?

GIMP offers the following support options:

Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials