GIMP general information

GIMP is a full featured FREE, open-source image-editing program for photographers, graphic designers, illustrators and scientists. I was introduced to it by some of the members of the CALL Digital Photography group at our January 15, 2016 meeting, and was surprised to learn that it has been around for about 20 years. As a die-hard Photoshop user for many years, I had never looked further. So, since we have several GIMP users in our group, I have become intrigued, and will try to learn the “ins-and-outs” of this software. The pages under the GIMP menu on this website will reflect this effort. I look forward to getting some helpful tips from the experienced GIMP users, and encourage them to contribute to the website by either emailing me or by leaving comments at the bottom of the pages that will cover the main GIMP editing topics

You may download the latest version via the following link:  GIMP main webpage . The official GIMP English Manual may be accessed at: GIMP online manual

Note: To open the linked page in a new browser tab, right-click the link and select the appropriate option.

1 Response to GIMP general information

  1. Henri says:

    I found the first glitch for serious photographers who shoot their pictures in RAW format. GIMP will not open Canon RAW images (CR2 files) which have 14 bit pixel colour depth. The current stable GIMP version processes images in 8 bit colour depth (256 colours). Photoshop is able to process 14 bit colour depth (16384 colours). There is a conversion plug-in for GIMP called “UFRaw” that will convert the RAW image and allow you to read it in GIMP, but there will be colour depth losses. This is not necessarily a problem if you produce output for less than poster size prints. It is definitely fine for pictures published on the web.

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