csgeek
4 years ago1,000+ Views
I was inspired by @patrickballeux 's Ubuntu card and the conversation sparked there. Gimp is an open source photo editing program that has improved so much over the years. It's strong enough to compete with Photoshop, in my opinion. Here is, a pro and cons list of going open source: PROS 1. GIMP is free! That's the beauty of open source. The new Adobe Photoshop CC costs at least $240/yr (yes, they changed this!) Or you can get the older creative suit for three times that price (which I notice is hard to get now, ever since they switched to Creative Cloud). 2. GIMP takes up minimal space (and is portable!) With Photoshop, you need a minimum of 2.5 GB (Windows) or 3.2 GB (Mac) available in you hard drive. With GIMP you just need 200 megs. Big difference! Also, you can even run on a flash drive to run on any computer. 3. GIMP is cross-platform You can use it on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Photoshop isn't available for Linux at the moment. CONS 1. Photoshop is the industry standard If you're a professional, most likely you know that many printers accept .psd files and .eps...both from Adobe. 2. UI can get confusing Not to best UI when comparing it to photoshop. But, there are things like Gimpshop that give your GIMP a photoshop-like UI. (Check it out here: http://www.gimpshop.com/) 3. Less features Has less features, but some GIMP features are really useful...such as scripting. Plus, there are many plug-ins created by the community that you can use. These are just some reasons to go open-source. Any other people have some more?
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@csgeek Very true, I think it's the reputation of photoshop. Also, most people I know who have it didn't actually buy it, if you know what I mean. I have to make sure to pay for it because I am using it professionally for my freelance services.
Sorry, that had terrible typos!
@csgeek thabksnfor this card, it's helpful. If I wasn't a freelance graphic designer, I would totally rrly on something like GIMP. As for now, I will use it for smaller tasks and I will recommend it to my friends!! @patrickballeux That analogy is so true haha. Thank you for sharing paint.net, this is my first time hearing about it
Gimp is a great tool for most people. On a professional level, it is probably powerful enough but the de facto in the industry is Photoshop. I always wondered why everybody wants to use PhotoShop at home just to do some small editing. It's a bit like using a bazooka to kill a mosquito. On the other hand, Gimp is also complex for simple photo editing. Have a look at Paint.net which is simple and gets the job done. http://www.getpaint.net/
@patrickballeux I know too many people who own photoshop and don't even use it to it's full capacity. a waste of space, in my opinion! @TechAtHeart yes, you should totally tell people about this. It's free, so why not, right?
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