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Gimp Graphics Editor Overview

The most popular product among graphic editors is Photoshop by Adobe. It is designed for professionals and has huge functionality, which is often not used by a third. Naturally, the cost of the program is very high and rarely anyone can afford to officially purchase it. Not everyone knows that there is a completely free advanced graphics editor Gimp . Since it is distributed as an open source application and is developed by the community of programmers, you can use it completely freely and without any restrictions.



  1. What is the Gimp Editor?


The graphics editor Gimp was born in 1995. The project does not have an official company responsible for the release of new versions and support for old ones. These functions are performed by the community of developers, consisting of a group of volunteers. In the first 10 years of its existence, the project did not have a single idea of ​​what it should be for the end user. Only in 2005, a single standard was developed and principles drafted that developers are trying to follow to this day.


  1. Gimp Graphics Supporting Original PSD Format:

Many will see in Gimp a full replacement for Photoshop, and also completely free. Indeed, why pay a ton of money for Photoshop if you have free Gimp. Yes, many functions are repeated by a competitor, there is also support for its original PSD format, although somewhat limited.



  1. Independent Product Similar to Photoshop:

The name of the functions and the available tools also largely coincide. But even the Gimp developers themselves do not position their product as a full-fledged alternative to Photoshop. It is rather an independent product with similar functionality and its own audience. Nevertheless, he is preferred by amateurs and small organizations who cannot afford to pay a monthly subscription and or buy a full Photoshop license .


4.    What are the Features of Gimp Editor?

Gimp graphical editor allows you to perform a wide range of operations with various images. It supports a large number of formats, has many predefined filters, brushes and patterns. If you are not satisfied with the initial functionality, it can be expanded with additional modules. So what can a program do?




Unlimited Functions of Gimp:

Creation and advanced processing of graphic files, photos, logos, drawings. You can resize, edit color, combine several photos into one, adjust the level of brightness, contrast, color balance, distortion, convert images from one format to another.

Support for native XCF format, as well as JPG, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNM, MPEG, PNG, TGA, TIF, PS, XPM, BMP, SGI, PDF, ICO, PCX and many others.


Gimp Supporting PSD

Also provides limited support for PSD – the original format of Photoshop.

Painting. To create complete drawings, a complete set of working tools is available, including pencils, brushes, stamps and others. Each element can be finely tuned, change the thickness and shape of the lines, as well as transparency.



Creation of Multilayer Projects:

Each element can be applied as a separate layer, which then, if necessary, is very easy to remove or correct. A full alpha channel setting is also available.


A complete set of tools for transformation:

Gimp can tilt, scale, rotation, rotation, reflection.



Select a fragment of the image: 

Selection tools such as a free-form fragment, ellipse, rectangle, and smart selection are available.


Build-in Filters in Gimp:

A large number of built-in filters, the possibility of both single and batch file processing. It can also Support for scanners and graphic tablets.



All your actions are stored in the “History” section, so you can track all the changes made.

  1. Animation:


Processing animated files of the MNG format. Each frame is treated as a separate layer.


  1. Interface Setting:

Multilingual menu, including high-quality translation into Russian and Ukrainian.

Detailed interface settings, the ability to work in the classic multi-window menu, as well as in the more familiar for beginners single-window.


  1. External Tools:

Integration of external tools designed specifically for the Gimp editor.

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