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GIMP, an open source alternative to Photoshop


Shadow is not just a gaming computer. It can replace your main computer if you do not require one of the many features that are not compatible with Shadow (Virtualization, torrenting, etc).

Today, I will be talking about one of my most favorite Open Source programs, GIMP. I used to be an avid Photoshop user, but with the high price tag for Photoshop, and the constant increases to Adobe's Creative Cloud Services, I have decided to switch to GIMP, and it is awesome!

So, let us begin!

What is GIMP?



GIMP is a photo manipulation tool, much like its name, GNU Image Manipulation Tool. GIMP is an Open Source software coded mainly in "C". It is similar to Closed source commercial programs like Photoshop.

GIMP offers a wide toolset, similar to that of Photoshop, without the premium price tag. You can touch up your favorite photographs, create that sweet logo, or modify and tweak current images. The options are endless with the tools that GIMP provides you, free of charge!

GIMP is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac Operating Systems.

Learning Curve?

With any new software, there is always a learning curve. Switching from another tool, such as Photoshop will require time to understand and learn. The more you use the software, the easier it will get to use.

GIMP does require a decent amount of learning if you get used to how the tools are displayed and accessed in programs such as photoshop. A lot of the tools in GIMP are more spread out and dedicated to specific functions, while some Photoshop tools can be used for multiple different things. This does require a bit more clicking and switching tools, but you can get the same job done.


GIMP offers multiple different features. You can customize the interface of GIMP to your liking. There are even some guides online to make the interface similar to that of Photoshop.

You can work with multiple file extensions. You can open one of them, and then Export As another. GIMP has its unique file extension called XCF. Much like how Photoshop as PSD as its file extensions.

GIMP has multiple other tools to use for Photo enhancement and digital retouching. Check them out!

Final Thoughts

I use GIMP to edit all of the images for this blog. I am still learning it myself, but I find it more than capable to edit all of my images with ease. I would much rather learn the new software instead of paying $21 a month just for Photoshop, or $53 a month for the Creative Cloud Suite. If you thoroughly enjoy using Photoshop and do not mind paying monthly for it, then, by all means, continue to use the software that works best for you! But, if you want to give GIMP a try, it could help you save a bit of money :).

Thank you for reading my post! If you have anything to add, or have any feedback on how this post is, feel free to comment below!

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