Switch from Photoshop to GIMP

Posted on June 28, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on how to switch from Adobe Photoshop to the freeware GIMP.

With the release of version 2.10, GIMP is now a truly viable alternative to Photoshop. So is it the right time to cancel your Adobe subscription and adopt this free open-source image editing package that works on every platform?”

Of course, those of us who are cheapskates (c’est moi!) have been using GIMP for years!

GIMP can’t do everything Photoshop can. The most common deal-breaker is that GIMP does not have native CMYK support, meaning it isn’t suitable for professional print work.

Less important, but still noticeable, is the absence of adjustment layers, making non-destructive editing harder to achieve. And some of Photoshop’s smarter features, like content-aware fill, are also missing. You can get plugins to replace these.

Support for Actions is also limited. It is possible to use them, but you have to code GIMP scripts manually.”

Also check out the MakeUseOf guide to photo-editing with GIMP, and seven GIMP versions of Photoshop techniques.

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How to Make a People-Free Photo in a Crowded Place

Posted on July 12, 2010. Filed under: Graphics, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , |

Shutterstock tells How to Make a People-Free Photo in a Crowded Place using Adobe PhotoShop CS3 Extended.

Recommended by Lifehacker as a good tip.

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10 Websites To Learn Photoshop Online

Posted on August 7, 2009. Filed under: Graphics, Tutorials | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

10 Websites To Learn Photoshop Online is a MakeUseOf post for Adobe Photoshop users.

Learn and improve using:

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Vunky Search for Photoshop tutorials

Posted on August 7, 2009. Filed under: Graphics, searching, Tutorials | Tags: , , , , , , |

Vunky Search is a search engine for Adobe Photoshop tutorials.

If you want to use Photoshop effectively, use Vunky Search to find tutorials on how to improve.

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Photoshop alternatives

Posted on March 10, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

[updated link 2014.3.13]

Adobe Photoshop is the professional standard at present for many professional graphic artists, as well as a number of other people. But, since it is expensive and proprietary software, students may need to find something more in the price range of freeware, which still has enough features to be useful.

Linux.com has an article with some alternatives, some of which are also available for Windows (and sometimes Macs).

Raster (Pixel by Pixel) image software

For just working with raster images (basically, a grid of pixels), photographs, and the like, the open source GNU Image Manipulation Program (better known as the GIMP).  This is available for Windows and Linux.

However, GIMP is very different from Photoshop, so if you trained on Photoshop, you might have an easier time learning Gimpshop.  Gimpshop is a ‘hack’ built on top of the original Gimp project which changes all menues, dialogs, etc., in order to make them look like Photoshop. Of course, some features of Photoshop are still not available in Gimpshop, if the original GIMP doesn’t have them.

Vector graphics

Vector graphics is a more sophisticated form, and often lends itself better to resizing.

Inkscape is “An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.”

Inkscape is a fork off an earlier open source program called Sodipodi, which is also available.

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Photo editing freeware

Posted on November 13, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , |

  • GIMP is the Gnu Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
  • Paint.NET “Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. It started development at Washington State University as an undergraduate senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with a small amount of C++ for setup and shell-integration related functionality.”
  • Fototagger is freeware. It allows you to add comments at the appropriate places on your photos, etc. For example, put names next to people, descriptions next to events, and have the tags be visible or not, when you choose. Recommended by Lockergnome.
  • Fauxto (pronounced foh-toh) is an online service similar to PhotoShop. You need to register but at this time [5/24/2007] the service is free. Save results to Fauxto’s server or your hard drive. Recommended by Gizmo’s Support Alert Newsletter.
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