GIMP – Best Free Alternative to Photoshop
Photoshop is the leading photo editing software in the world. Specially, with the entry of CS5 in market, Adobe has put a lot of “cool” stuff in Photoshop. Photoshop is a complete package that can deliver everything a professional photo editor needs.
While one can argue that Photoshop is the leading photo editing software in the world there seems to be a problem with affordance. Yes, Adobe Photoshop is expensive and it is not possible for everyone to buy license; specially, the new professionals, amateurs, and students.
In this article you will find the best FREE alternative to Photoshop. Fortunately, there are a number of open source alternatives to Photoshop and we’ll be looking into one of them.
GIMP is short of GNU Image Manipulation Program but it was once called General Image Manipulation Program. The project was started by two students from Berkeley University in 1995 as a semester project. It was originally created for UNIX systems but it now also supports windows and Macintosh as well.
GIMP can be obtained from http://www.gimp.org. It offers almost all the basic features of Photoshop. Moreover, because it is free and available for different platforms, it is one of the most widely used tools for photo editing.
Another advantage of GIMP is GIMPShop. GIMPShop is based on GIMP but have look and feel similar to Photoshop and it is easy for those who want to make transition from Photoshop to GIMP.