September 12, 2008

Cool Tools:GIMP

For graphic designers on a budget Adobe Photoshop might not a viable option because of the high sticker price. GIMP, on the other hand, is a free program that’s very similar to Photoshop and it lets creatives do their thing for free.

GIMP stands for “GNU Image Manipulation Program” and that’s exactly what the program allows you to do-manipulate images. There is a bit of a learning curve when switching from Photoshop to GIMP because of the different menu layouts. But GIMP is powerful enough to accomplish pretty much all the same tasks you can in Adobe’s more expensive program.
The greatest things about the GIMP is that it’s expandable, extensible, and designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions which can let you 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. Check it out for Windows, Mac, or Linux.