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Jul 08, 2013 09:44 |  #1

Downloaded it last night and it looks good. Never had the patience to learn PP software other than CS2 but it's getting a bit antiquated now. So a couple hours going through the help manual works wonders for this ageing brain of mine ...

Link here: http://www.gimp.org/re​lease-notes/gimp-2.8.html (external link)

Be interesting to know what those with LR, CS5/6 etc think.


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Jul 08, 2013 09:59 |  #2

Subscribing as I'm seriously looking at GIMP as a PS replacement.


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Jul 08, 2013 10:29 |  #3

I currently use a combination of LR5 (new acquisition) and Gimp. Before I got LR, I was using DPP and RAW Therapee.
Gimp, is able to do pretty much anything you can do in PS. The main difference is actions in PS. So if you use a lot of actions in PS, you will be going a lot more processing manually in Gimp. But if you were more hands on and did not use actions very often in PS, I think you will be just fine.


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Jul 09, 2013 13:55 |  #4

Is it now possible to open RAW files directly in GIMP or does there still need to be a conversion to TIFF using a second program?




  
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Jul 09, 2013 20:46 |  #5

sdblade wrote in post #16105348 (external link)
Is it now possible to open RAW files directly in GIMP or does there still need to be a conversion to TIFF using a second program?

If you add a Gimp plug-in such as ufraw, then you can open RAW files from Gimp. What actually happens then is a ufraw window opens with the file, so you can do your adjustments. When you are done, the result loads into Gimp.




  
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Jul 10, 2013 12:41 |  #6

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If you add a Gimp plug-in such as ufraw, then you can open RAW files from Gimp. What actually happens then is a ufraw window opens with the file, so you can do your adjustments. When you are done, the result loads into Gimp.

..or you can open the raw file in DPP, do you adjustments and click Batch Convert and make DPP open the TIFF/JPEG file directly in Gimp.
I've been doing exactly that with Paint Shop Pro for a long time.


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Jul 10, 2013 13:00 as a reply to  @ D-Noc's post |  #7

I use a combination of LR4 and Gimp 2.8 for my workflow and it works perfectly for me. I typically don't do an extensive amount of editing beyond typical cloning/healing touch ups and the likes, but Gimp has served that purpose very well for me and is capable of much more. No itch for PS or Creative Cloud :rolleyes: here.


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Jul 10, 2013 19:43 |  #8

D-Noc wrote in post #16108101 (external link)
..or you can open the raw file in DPP, ...

But DPP doesn't run on Linux...

Although I have ufraw, I don't use it (yet). A few tries convinced me that I cannot consistently produce better images from RAW pictures, compared to what my camera can do when shooting JPEG. Maybe someday.

Gimp works great for me. Basic stuff mostly: crop, fix rotation (sigh), color levels, sharpening, clone/heal, but sometimes more - using layers and masks, making composite images.




  
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Jul 10, 2013 23:39 as a reply to  @ lar55's post |  #9

Darn I thought there was a new version out. Hasn't 2.8 been around a while already?

They say 'lots of bug fixes' for 2.8.6, but they always say that I I never seem to have bug issues, or problems with it crashing.

Anything substantially new in 2.8.6 vs 2.8 or the last couple of versions out 6 months ago?

I actually find it better than CS6 for a few things, most notably the heal brush for certain applications. i also use the free plug-in wavelet decompose for portrait touch-up.


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Jul 11, 2013 05:14 |  #10

ejenner wrote in post #16109818 (external link)
I actually find it better than CS6 for a few things, most notably the heal brush for certain applications. i also use the free plug-in wavelet decompose for portrait touch-up.

Interesting. Thanks for this info.


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Jul 11, 2013 06:58 |  #11
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GIMP may become a more popular alternative to PS since Adobe's move to licensing but ...
its still a basic photo tool and cheap {as in free software}.
My workflow is raw dependent and the first step is always to open in Adobe Camera Raw {that also includes jpeq images}.
As of now ... GIMP is for CHIMPS ..


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Jul 11, 2013 12:42 |  #12

lar55 wrote in post #16109284 (external link)
But DPP doesn't run on Linux...

..nor does Paint Shop Pro for that matter..
Nobody mentioned Linux in this thread at all, so I still think my post was relevant, when considering the possibilities for a RAW -> GIMP workflow :-)


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Jul 11, 2013 13:43 |  #13

ejenner wrote in post #16109818 (external link)
Darn I thought there was a new version out. Hasn't 2.8 been around a while already?

They say 'lots of bug fixes' for 2.8.6, but they always say that I I never seem to have bug issues, or problems with it crashing.

Anything substantially new in 2.8.6 vs 2.8 or the last couple of versions out 6 months ago?

I actually find it better than CS6 for a few things, most notably the heal brush for certain applications. i also use the free plug-in wavelet decompose for portrait touch-up.


Im extremely surprised that adobe isng blazing the trail with better signal processing - there is even a graduate class titled "wavelets" at some of the institutions close to Adobe's headquarters.

but im also all for open source!


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Jul 12, 2013 10:30 as a reply to  @ pyrojim's post |  #14

I have not tried GimpShop lately but the last time I did, it was no CS6. You are just kidding yourself if you think it is. :rolleyes: Possibly there are some improvements in the latest version, so I should not comment on it.
It still looks like LR5 and CS6 is the choice.:D
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