GIMP. Cross-platform open source image editing

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GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) runs on Linux, Windows, and OS X, and while not Photoshop, it provides all the power for image editing and creation that most of us will need.

And of course, because it’s open source, it’s free. Check it out.


  1. You can also try GIMPShop,

    It is a hack that sits atop GIMP and gives it a Photoshop-like interface; from the website description:

    It shares all GIMP’s advantages, including the long feature list and customisability, while addressing some common criticisms regarding the program’s interface: GIMPshop modifies the menu structure to closely match Photoshop’s, adjusts the program’s terminology to match Adobe’s, and, in the Windows version, uses a plugin called ‘Deweirdifier’ to combine the application’s numerous windows in a similar manner to the MDI system used by most Windows graphics packages. While GIMPshop does not support Photoshop plugins, all GIMP’s own plugins, filters, brushes, etc. remain available.

    Now, I’ve used the MDI version and there are still some kinks they have to work out because it used to crash in my Windows version (yes, I have been using Window lately too, but after a bad experience I think I will not stray too far away from Linux).

    Give it a try 🙂

  2. My dual boot Ubunu died a horrible death so I have no Ubuntu until I deinstall it completely, then reinstall. Sigh. (It was basically just a test / play system, so nothing crucial was lost.

    I was looking to upgrade Photoshop Elements on one PC and put it on another. But that’s $180. Then I remembered Gimp, and it’s perfect for tweaking images to put on blogs, which is most of what I use image editing programs for.

    Will check out Gimpshop. Thx.

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