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FREE photoshop called Gimp

puma
Posted 08/05/2011 - 10:08 Link
Just found this, dont know if its any good but its free!

see here


http://gofree.com/download/Windows-Software/Graphic-Design/gimp.php?gclid=COXAm4...
PPG link
Sandehalynch
Posted 08/05/2011 - 11:48 Link
GIMP is good. Complicated, but providing excellent fine control.

Am I right in thinking that it combines some of the features of Adobe Illustrator as well as Photoshop?
JamieT
Posted 08/05/2011 - 12:42 Link
i found it great on my PC. I used photoshop tutorials to use it as well, they are very similar. I have recently upgraded to an imac though and GIMP was not as stable (seems a common problem) so had to delete it.
K5, LTD 15 SIG 30, SIG 105.
Dangermouse
Posted 08/05/2011 - 13:45 Link
It's the only image manipulation package I have (aside from an ancient copy of Corel Draw). I don't feel any urge to shell out for Photoshop.

To be honest I don't think GIMP is any harder to learn, assuming you're a newcomer to digital image editing. There are vast swathes of menus I've never used as I tend to simply clean marks from images and tweak brightness/levels for printing.
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.
Frogherder
Posted 08/05/2011 - 22:38 Link
Many thanks for link

I've downloaded 2.2MB
Is that all there is to it?

My copy of Photoshop7 is a CD full?

regards
Bernard
Opethian
Posted 08/05/2011 - 22:43 Link
One of the best image/photo manipulation programs out there, and it is free. Might as well get it from the source: http://www.gimp.org/
Dangermouse
Posted 08/05/2011 - 22:48 Link
Looking at the link it makes mention of some program to "handle installation", personally I'd get it from GIMP HQ here rather than a 3rd party site which wants you to use their installer. I wouldn't be surprised if said installer attempts to place spyware/adware and/or meddle with your settings, whereas if you go direct to the developers you'll get a clean installation with all the stuff you need.
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.
Frogherder
Posted 08/05/2011 - 23:12 Link
Thanks Opethian and Dangermouse

I've now downloaded 19.8MB ...Gimp 2.6.11 I686 setup-1.exe and the Enlish Manual at 23.8MB

Much more likely than 2.27MB previously downloaded and now binned

I'm still curious why it's still much much smaller that PS7, or does it download further files when I install?

regards
Bernard
bretti_kivi
Posted 09/05/2011 - 08:30 Link
it doesn't need anything else

If you have questions, ask, as I also use it, along with UFRaw.

Bret
my pics: link
my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.
Dangermouse
Posted 09/05/2011 - 14:57 Link
I think it's probably a case of more efficient coding. Also bear in mind that the PS disk needs to have help manuals in multiple languages and all the plugins you could ever possibly want, meanwhile GIMP can download extras for nothing.

I'm not sure if GIMP now has native RAW support or whether you still need the UFRaw plugin?
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.
bretti_kivi
Posted 09/05/2011 - 16:17 Link
UFRaw I think, but I have the combination on all machines anyway.....

Bret
my pics: link
my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.
MarkTaylor
Posted 09/05/2011 - 23:39 Link
You need the UFRaw plugin, however I thoroughly recommend RawTherapee as an alternative. It is not as well integrated with GIMP (it's essentially totally separate, but it can automatically export images and open them in GIMP when you're finished working with the RAW file). However, it has a significantly more powerful feature set which more than makes up for it.

I've been learning to do more and more PP over the last couple of months and getting much better at it. For the moment, at least, RawTherapee + GIMP is my software combination of choice.

http://www.rawtherapee.com/

Note if you have a newer camera like the K-5 you'll have to download one of the 'unstable' development releases of RawTherapee. However, that's what I'm using (funnily enough) and I haven't had any major problems except that it seems to freeze up whilst generating all the thumbnail previews if you try to open a really large folder (100+ photos). I've gotten into the habit of either dividing photos into smaller folders or just opening one file at a time. I imagine this will be fixed when they bring out a 'stable' release of version 3.0.
My Flickr Pentax K-5 K-5 II Sigma 8-16mm F/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD ASL SMC Pentax-DA* 50-135mm F/2.8 ED [IF] SDM SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm F/4-5.8 ED SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] WR Vivitar 100mm F/3.5 Macro AF Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-2
Edited by MarkTaylor: 09/05/2011 - 23:42
toy_car_uk
Posted 12/05/2011 - 19:07 Link
Pixlr is a useful jpg editor if you are away from your own PC. No install is needed as it is web based and interface is very like Photoshop.

http://pixlr.com/editor/
My Flickr account, constructive criticism welcome.
Anvh
Posted 12/05/2011 - 19:23 Link
toy_car_uk wrote:
Pixlr is a useful jpg editor if you are away from your own PC. No install is needed as it is web based and interface is very like Photoshop.

http://pixlr.com/editor/

Adobe has a free online version off photoshop

http://www.photoshop.com/tools?wf=editor
Stefan
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K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ
Edited by Anvh: 12/05/2011 - 19:24
wvbarnes
Posted 12/05/2011 - 19:36 Link
As a user of all Serif of Nottingham's suite of programs I can recommend their free try outs...

http://www.serif.com/free-photo-editing-software/php-se.asp

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