GIMP [A Free Photoshop Alternative]

May 2, 2010

"GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring."
"It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc."
"GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted."
"GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. But basically the same code also runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X."
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I recently found a plugin (Resynthesizer) that has been around for a while, it compares to the "Content Aware Fill" recently released with Adobe Photoshop CS5. Although their website is not the greatest, the effects you can do with the plugin are amazing.
I have two examples of what I was able to do with the plugin in minutes.
beach couple
beach couple modified
dirt road
dirt road modified
This is a great alternative that is free and runs on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It has many plugins also allowing you to have the flexibility to make your own or have them created for you. If you don't mind learning something new to help your pocket book I highly recommend it.
To find out more about GIMP use the links below.
Official Website
Plugin Registry
Posted by Beau Durrant

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