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GIMP, poor man’s Photoshop??

  • # April 21, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Just starting to get into this stuff, I don’t have photoshop and have downloaded Gimp which does
    process psd files. I don’t know much about either Gimp or Photoshop, so not sure what the limitations
    of Gimp are. Has anyone used both of these software products and can you comment on their use??

    I like the videocasts that Chris is putting out where he is converting Photoshop mockups to XHTML/CSS
    code, and was wondering if Gimp could be used to do the same as Photoshop.

    Any commnt??


    # April 21, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    GIMP is good if you can’t afford Photoshop. It has many similar features. I have never been too impressed with the interface though. If you have the money to drop on Photoshop then do it. If not GIMP will be fine. You may also be interested in Photoshop Elements.

    # April 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    I didn’t try Gimp for long (as far as I can remember I looked at it for a couple of minutes and just missed photoshop), because I really love Photoshop. I don’t know if you’re a student, but if you are, you can get Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Standard Student Edition for only 250 euro. That is photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign 8-) Very cheap I think and a much better option then Gimp I guess ;)

    # April 22, 2008 at 8:54 am

    GIMP is a very powerful app – and amazing that it’s free. But the problems I had with it echo the problems everyone else seems to have with it – that the interface is just too unintuitive. It takes a tremendous investment of time to learn your way around GIMP, time which I’m sure would be well rewarded, but with me having a (now aging) copy of Photoshop, there was no need for me to spend time on it. My preferred image manipulation app is Fireworks – but that’s stupidly expensive too!!

    # April 22, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    It’s all about productivity for me, and after years and years of schooling and years and years of print production work using Photoshop, I’m pretty locked into it. I’ve never even tried GIMP. I do love that it exists as an option for people who can’t afford/don’t want to pay for Photoshop.

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