Wednesday, February 8, 2012

GIMP - Great FREE Image Editor

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

You may already be aware of a free image editing software called Gimp, but if not, I wanted to let you know about it.  I've been working on trying to edit some existing photos to create a header image for a travel related site I want to to setup and I was having problems with an old version of PhotoShop.

For whatever reason, PhotoShop all of a sudden stopped functioning like it used to.  Any time I opened an image I would get an hourglass every few seconds and was unable to do even basic functions without them taking forever.  I was getting quite annoyed and went in search of image editors.  I was aware of Gimp, but hadn't used it in several years. 

I have to say it has come a LONG way since then.  It really is quite the full featured image editing software package and there are a ton of tutorials online to help you with certain things.  All you have to do is a quick YouTube search for any advanced techniques you are trying to accomplish and chances are you'll find several tutorials.

So far I've found that it does everything I've ever used PhotoShop for.  That of course includes basic image editing and resizing, but also includes creating transparent GIF images, wavy text, blurring/smudging and cloning, just to name a few quick things I've done over the last week.

I had to watch a few minute tutorial on how to make curved text, but everything else I've done was quite similar and self explanatory.  It is truly 100% free and works very well, even better than PhotoShop in my case.  Enjoy!


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