An Introduction to GIMP, the Free Image Editor

GIMP has been an alternative to Photoshop for years, and it is still being improved by developers and gaining new users. In this video, you will find a comprehensive introduction to this underrated image editing software.

GIMP is a free and open-source image editing program distributed under the GNU GPL license, which allows users to run, develop and modify the software. It was first released in 1996, and since then, it has been a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop, which was released in 1990. Like most open-source software, it is available for macOS, Windows and Linux, and has a great community that supports and develops continuously. Without a doubt, Photoshop is the industry standard, but GIMP is still alive, and it will get better over time.

Like Photoshop, GIMP is not hard to use, but due to user habits, it might be challenging for first time. The interface of GIMP got better in time and the icons are similar to Photoshop icons. This may provide some ease of use, especially with the layer system that looks familiar to Photoshop’s.

In this video, Pixovert walks through the software and explains the basic features and tools in detail. If you want to learn more about GIMP, you can download it for free and give it a try.

What do you think about the latest release of GIMP? Would you rather stick with Photoshop? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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6 Comments

James McDonald's picture

Interesting... All of the people who think Adobe is holding them to ransom with the subscription model are oddly quiet...

Lenzy Ruffin's picture

Affinity Photo is a happy middle ground for me. I could never afford Photoshop before, nor was I interested in the learning curve. GIMP was free, but the learning curve...

Affinity Photo is only $50 and it has way more capability than I'll ever need, but it's not overwhelming to learn.

Adriano Brigante's picture

I'm a Gimp user since 2003. So when I started taking pictures four years ago, I just kept using it. It's more than enough for what I do.

Ronny Hermans's picture

Had Photoshop for years , after 3 years subscription and seeing no evolution with adobe, tried Gimp and almost stopped my subscription. Affinity Photo made me quit my adobe subscription, combined with affinity designer I'm more than happy.

Richard Paksy's picture

Gimp works with preDXO NIK Collection with some tinkering. In my opinion this is almost 'Scottish level' of FREEDOM!

tu guna's picture

Hi,Thanks for the article. It was very helpful.
GIMP is practically a really excellent graphic and photo editor. It almost has all Photoshop features compared to other alternatives. Even better than any other paid image editors out there. GUI is easy to use once you get the hang of it, learning curve is just for a short time, and even if you do not know what to do with some of its features, there are a lot of tutorials online like Photoshop has.

I'm a hobbyist photographer not getting paid and have no intention of ever making money. I usually editing photographs on GIMP . It's more than enough for what I do. I have a XP-Pen Deco 01 https://www.xp-pen.com/product/84.html Drawing Tablet for work on my desktop . For GIMP it's powerful and well integrated.