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GIMP on OS X

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program - a free image editor.

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GIMP is a powerful distributed program for photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. Comparisons to Photoshop abound simply because GIMP is its most laudable free alternative. Yet, setting aside any impersonation, GIMP truly stands on its own. Like any powerful program, GIMP takes time to master but once you familiarize yourself with its tools, simple tasks take mere minutes. GIMP is a mature solution to expensive programs that yield less beneficial results.

GIMP at a Glance

It was easy to download and launch GIMP, which isn’t surprising because of its maturity. GIMP opens to a three part UI. The left dialog contains GIMP’s tools, while the right dialog contains its Layers, Channels, Paths, and Brushes. The center holds GIMP’s main image editing area, which you can make full screen with docking dialogs. And you can add tabs to any dialog box to help you keep all the features you need close at hand!

Publisher’s Description

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. Use GIMP as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible; it can be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

Product Features

GIMP is a versatile graphics tool and with some sophisticated built-in features such as:
  • Customizable Interface - GIMP allows you to customize its views and behaviors. For example, you can change widget theme colors, spacing, and icon sizes, plus custom toolbox sets.
  • Photo Enhancement - Enhancement—Digital photo imperfections can be easily compensated for using GIMP. Corrective mode in the transform tools helps you fix perspective distortion caused by lens tilt and a channel mixer affords you the flexibility you need with B&W photography.
  • Digital Retouching - GIMP is ideal for advanced photo retouching. For example, you can remove unwanted details with the clone tool or use the new healing tool to make quick fixes of minor issues like a botched brush stroke.
  • Hardware Support - GIMP includes support for various input devices, such as USB controllers, MIDI controllers, and pressure and tilt sensitive tablets. You can change brush properties while you paint and you can bind your favorite scripts to buttons to speed your workflow!.
  • File Formats - GIMP lets you save images to nearly any imaginable file type. Thanks to a transparent virtual file system, it’s possible to load and save files to and from remote locations using FTP, HTTP, SMB (MS Windows), and SSH protocols. GIMP also transparently compresses files without extra steps to ZIP, GZ, or BZ2 extensions.
  • Customizable Interface - GIMP allows you to customize its views and behaviors. For example, you can change widget theme colors, spacing, and icon sizes, plus custom toolbox sets.

Pros

GIMP runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It has lots of advanced features and there are plenty of plug-ins.

Cons

GIMP is complex and takes time to learn, plus plug-ins are necessary for batch processing and to save CMYK images.

Quick Specs

Version: 2.8.10
File size: 95.24MB
Date added: November 30, 2013
Price: Free
Operating system: Mac OS X or Windows
Additional Requirements: Not available
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GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. Use GIMP as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible; it can be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

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  • aqfarn
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Opaque, anti-intuitive, complex, user-hostile. Obviously it will do lots of things. The problem is figuring out how to make it do them. Nothing works as you expect. Example: click the airbrush tool, set the color in the dialogue box, try to use the airbrush, and it DOES NOTHING. It goes from frustrating to maddening to infuriating. I wish I could still use the ColorIt program that came with my first iMac in 1999. It didn't have as many features, but at least I could figure out how to work the features it did have.

    Posted 06/10/2014
  • timjowers
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    Thanks developers! I just needed to resize a jpg: The Gimp saves the day. Should be pre-installed with every installation of Windows, Mac, and Linux - I know it is on mine. Thanks very, very much. Nice to have a great tool available everywhere.

    Posted 05/16/2014
  • bassfz
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    Gimp on OSX is pretty good. Not as current as the Windows version, but it still gets the job done. The UI needs work, Single Window mode should be default on all systems, but other than that everything is there. To those Photoshop who can't figure out how to export as a jpg, pdf, it's in File -> Export. Next time look a little closer. If you're used to Photoshop, GIMP's tool placement might throw you off, but it's easy to get used to.

    Posted 02/06/2014
  • drlex
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    As far as free bitmap-based graphics editors go, GIMP is probably the best. It has some very powerful tools that are not even available in other programs. The main problem however is the user interface, which has always been somewhat backwards compared to every other graphics editor. It has not improved in the 2.8 release, maybe even to the contrary. Working with GIMP often gives me a feeling of having to take everything out of my toolbox just to reach that single wrench I need. For operations that take a single click in Photoshop, I have to click three times and press a key. The right window must be in focus and the editor must be in the right mode, otherwise operations either have no effect or do something unexpected. To make things worse, the current version of OS X Gimp has a few bugs in the toolbox interface that cause the tools to randomly switch to other modes. This happens quite often, and is only noticed when the tools do not behave as expected, because the only visual indication is a highlight change on a small icon. My verdict: if you don't mind wrestling a pig from time to time, GIMP is a great free alternative to expensive editors.

    Posted 01/26/2014
  • ornot-bitwise
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    I understand the GIMP is created by volunteers with the best of all possible motives. Still, even taking this into account, GIMP has the worst user interface ever conceived by Man. For all its undoubted technical prowess, GIMP is rendered almost totally useless by a user interface so completely counter-intuitive as to be ... stupid. Nothing works as you expect it to. Nothing works the way you NEED it to. Would I recommend GIMP as an alternative to Photoshop? No, I wouldn't. If the choices are scraping up the money for Photoshop some way or relying on GIMP, steal a copy of Photoshop. GIMP is, as nearly as I can tell, completely useless, not because it doesn't work, but because its interface and controls are so opaque and impenetrable as to be ... utterly broken.

    Posted 01/05/2014
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Intended Audience

Advanced End Users, End Users/Desktop

User Interface

X Window System (X11), GTK+

Registered

2007-12-03

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