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Old 03-16-06, 09:44 AM   #1
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Anyone use GIMP?

GNU Image Manipulation Program?
Any thoughts? Likes, dislikes, difficult/easy to use?


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Old 03-16-06, 11:41 AM   #2
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I AM a gimp if that counts.

I used it a bit several years ago but I'm ure it's changed since then. Seems like it was fairly easy to use but don't remember too much about it.
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Old 03-16-06, 02:10 PM   #3
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I use it. I don't do anything heavy duty. crop, resize, scale images
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Old 03-16-06, 04:19 PM   #4
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I use it.

For those that dont care for the stock interface someone has done one that resembles a windows-like or more photoshop like interface, I think its on sourceforge or on its own site.
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Old 03-16-06, 05:36 PM   #5
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I can't stand it.
My friend who was raised on linux (father a programmer for RedHat) says it is superior to any photoediting program, and is good at using it. But I think he says that because he not used the superior program - Adobe Photoshop
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Old 03-16-06, 05:37 PM   #6
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But one thing I will say, whoever made that program is very good at what they do. I really do not like it, but I can appreciate the talent it takes to make something complicated like that
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I can't stand PhotoShop. It's too heavy and has a lot of "features" I will never use. I use gimp because it's lighter weight on my Windows boxes and it's cross-platform so I can use it on my FreeBSD and Solaris machines as well. Additionally, gimp has spawned a ton of other applications I use which also make use of gtk (Gimp Tool Kit) widgets thus the shared objects are already in resident memory so I get more effective use of the shared libs. And to me, the gimp interface is more intuitive than other image editting programs I've used.
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Downloaded gimp once. It scared me because I couldn't figure it out. It was then deleted
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I don't use it myself, but many of my friends use it and like it. Can't beat its price.
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Old 03-17-06, 06:38 PM   #10
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What would really make GIMP useful would be if it can use Photoshop plug-ins. Many a Mac was sold just to run Photoshop back in the DOS-3.3 days. I also use a lot of the layers, alpha-channels, transparency and vector-graphics features of Photoshop that's not quite there in GIMP yet.

Personally, I'd recommend getting a program with just 120% of the features you're gonna use, then you can gradually learn the rest. If it's got 600% more features than you're gonna use, you don't need Photoshop. Something like MS-Paint or PaintshopPro will do.
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Old 03-17-06, 06:43 PM   #11
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I have to say, Adobe makes some nice products. Photoshop is one of those powerful programs I have ever used, probably next to solidworks.
Didn't adobe buy out Macromedia too?
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I used GIMP last year when I needed screenshots for one of my computer science courses. I have no complaints about the program.
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- GIMP has come a long way... Windoze users can download the current stable version and get a very usable program, along with scanner acquisition support (scan directly into a new GIMP editing window)...

- of course, you can also convert, resize, crop, scale, and perform other editing functions from the command line without resorting to a GUI by using one of the many Imagemagick commands... you'll need to roll Cygwin onto your system (unless you're using Linux or a 'NIX-like OS, such as one of the BSDs)...
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Doesn't WINE have support for Photoshop? That is something I really miss with Linux
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I also use a lot of the layers, alpha-channels, transparency and vector-graphics features of Photoshop that's not quite there in GIMP yet.
Eh? They're all in there. Have you actually tried to use them? They work fine for me.

Here's a quick little exercise with layering and transparency I did in gimp a while back.

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I downloaded GIMP today and am messing w/ it now. Another new toy to play with. I'll have to read up on what all this stuff is and what I can do w/ it.
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OK, thanks for the replies -

I downloaded GIMP today and am now trying to figure it out. Seems a little more intuitive than Photoshop -
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I might try it again, with the gimpshop upgrade though.
I deleted it off my computer a while ago, does anybody know if there is an rpm for gimp?
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Eh? They're all in there. Have you actually tried to use them? They work fine for me.

Here's a quick little exercise with layering and transparency I did in gimp a while back.
Here's a sample of what I'm talking about. Being able to layer using masks with a fuzzy border to blend separate layers together. The original images are still preserved, and you can edit the mask later to move the blended edges around:



The other thing I like about Photoshop is being able to store a series of operations together into a saved Action that you can run later with a single click. With digital-camera photos, I can have an Action that does color-correction, then adjust brightness & contrast, then saturation, then re-size for web-screens, then unsharp-mask, etc. all done with a single click. While handy, it's still not as powerful the Applescript features on OSX where you can have an icon of those steps, then just drag a whole bunch of files on top of the icon and have the adjustments made to all those images... simultaneously even. Or even carry out a series of manipulations with those file fed between different programs one after another. If you don't need these features, Photoshop's not for you. The freeware Adobe PhotoAlbum software that comes with a lot of digital-cameras works pretty darn good.

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Here's a sample of what I'm talking about. Being able to layer using masks with a fuzzy border to blend separate layers together. The original images are still preserved, and you can edit the mask later to move the blended edges around:
This ability is available in Gimp.

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I've used it on rare occasions when I need to edit images. I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing with it, but the icon colors changed the way I needed 'em to so I hit "save".
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I might try it again, with the gimpshop upgrade though.
I deleted it off my computer a while ago, does anybody know if there is an rpm for gimp?
1. just installed gimpshop under 10.3.9 (OS X) and it works... looks OK... but hey, it's still The GIMP!

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2. yes, there are many rpms for The GIMP, but which one(s) to install depends on your system...
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Maynard, Bring out the Gimp...
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Right now I am on Fedora, but I am really considering switching. A friend of mine whos father works programs for Red Hat is going to hook me up with a copy of Red Hat operating system.
Fedora just seems awfully buggy, and kind of ugly. How much does that GImpshop upgrade make Gimp like photoshop?
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