GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program
GIMP - Frequently Asked Questions
What is it and where can I get it?
GIMP is akin to a free version of Photoshop. Although not published by Adobe, it is an open source image editing suite that has some very powerful features.
It is a raster editor, which means that it performs operations directly on the pixels that make up the image, and not a vector editor. Other (proprietary) raster editors include Adobe Photoshop, Jasc Paintshop Pro and the humble Microsoft Paint. Users wanting to edit photographs will certainly want a raster editor like GIMP. Graphic designers and illustrators may prefer a vector editor depending on their tastes.
What about a Windows version?
What about a Mac version?
Where do I get it?
Most (if not all) Linux distributions will support GIMP through their package management systems and may even come with GIMP preinstalled. You can follow these links to linux and UNIX, Microsoft Windowsand Apple Mac OSfor the latest binaries. Of course, this is free softwareso the source codeis available to, along with instruction on how to compile it. Don't fret. If you are just looking for a Windows or Mac "installer", the links above have those. No Linux command line roadblocks for the casual user will be enountered.
Is there a user manual?
Yes. It is available at http://docs.gimp.org/ in HTML form, and at http://docs.gimp.org/download.htmlin PDF.
What does The Gimp look like?
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Are there tutorials? Why yes!
Click here for The Gimp tutorials.
50 Tutorials To Get You Started With Gimp
Are there any POTN threads on the GIMP? Yes!
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