You need a free Photoshop? GIMP – worthy replacement of photoshop!
GNU Image Manipulation Program or GIMP refers to the free open-source raster graphics tool that is mainly in use because of its capability of high-end image editing as well as photoshop. Two more major reasons that attract the graphic professionals to use this tool is its free availability and customization due to which one can use it on any of the famous operating systems such as Microsoft Windows.
Gone are the days of the cumbersome post production process in a dark room after a photo-shoot. These days, with the help of technology, we can conduct the entire post production process of a digital photo-shoot at the comfort of our desk in front of our computer. The procedures are easier, mistakes are easily corrected and best of all, some of the most difficult procedures in a dark room is now simplified to a click here and there with the ‘tool’ selected from a wide selection of toolbars. All these powerful photo post production techniques comes in specialized applications and 2 of the most popular is the Photoshop and its contender, the GNU Image Manipulator Program (GIMP). While Photoshop is way more popular, there are many reasons for you to give GIMP a try and here are the top reasons why GIMP is better than Photoshop.
1. Cost of Ownership Photoshop is a very powerful photo post-production editing software but it comes at a price, literally. Single users Photoshop license will set you back $1,200. The application is fully justifiable if you know the software inside out but a majority of Photoshop users are amateur or hobby photographers and would technically use only about 10% of the functionalities of Photoshop. GIMP on the other hand is totally free and nothing is better than feature rich, free software.
2. Resource Requirements Photoshop is known to require a huge amount of processing power to run smoothly with high RAM requirements to run smoothly. GIMP on the other hand have been optimized to run with very little resource so while your old Celeron machine may not be running Photoshop, it certainly is good enough to run GIMP.
3. Open Source vs. Proprietary Coding GIMP is written and released under the GNU General Public License as free software and under this license, the source codes are available so anyone could modify the software or even write extensions and plug-ins for it. Bugs and flaws are also usually fixed within a very short amount of time as opposed to the fully proprietary coding format of Photoshop.
Just try GIMP, the free Photoshop