Handy Tweaks To Make GIMP Replace Photoshop


GIMP1 is the favorite graphics editing program of many designers and graphic artists. It is free and compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux (the two big reasons for its popularity). It has a wide array of features, as well as plug-ins, filters and brushes. Documentation is primarily available in online communities, as well as through extensive add-ons.

GIMP screenshot

GIMP was never designed to replace Photoshop, yet with every release, it comes a little closer to being able to do so. It can be used to author graphics, create logos and edit photos, as well as make short animations (using GAP). Despite these features, the open-source app is a foreign world for many users switching from Photoshop. Familiar tools are missing, menus are laid out differently and tasks must be accomplished in unknown ways.

In this article, we list eight tweaks to make GIMP a more serious Photoshop replacement option. Version 2.6 was used to test the following tweaks, but past versions of the app should work as well.

Installing Plug-Ins, Brushes and Filters

Before continuing, you need to know how to install add-ons. It’s very simple to do, and takes little time. You’ll find three different folders in the application’s program folder. The location of the application folder depends on the operating system you use:

  • Windows: the folder is located in C:/Programs/GIMP.
  • Mac: right-click and choose the application folder.
  • Linux: press Ctrl+H in the Home folder to reveal the hidden .gimp folder.

GIMP screenshot

To install a brush or plug-in, copy and paste it into the appropriate folder and restart GIMP.

1. Add the PSPI Plug-In

The PSPI plug-in allows GIMP to use Photoshop plug-ins. This increases the number of filters available to GIMP and allows Photoshop users to not have to sacrifice their library. If an equivalent GIMP plug-in can’t be found, assembling a kit of Photoshop filters is an potential option.

GIMP screenshot

To start, download the PSPI plug-in from Gimp.org2

In the program folder, copy and paste the entire contents of the PSPI plug-in download into the Plug-ins folder. If you’re running Linux, make sure you copy both the PSPI plug-in and the PSPI.exe, or it will not work.

Restart GIMP and open the Filters menu. At the bottom, you will see a new entry: “Photopshop Filters Plug-In Settings.” Select that to open the Photoshop dialog box, and point it to the folder where your Photoshop plug-ins are located. Add all future Photoshop plug-ins to that folder.

2. Install Layer Styles

Layer Styles are a beloved feature of many Photoshop users, and living without them can be a difficult adjustment. Layer Styles are called Layer Effects in GIMP and include: Drop Shadow, Inner Glow, Outer Glow, Gradient Overlay, Stroke, Bevel and Emboss, etc. These can be used to quickly apply effects to your layer(s) without having to jump through hoops.

GIMP screenshot

Download the Layer Effects GIMP plug-in from Gimp.org3. There are two versions: Script-Fu and Python. The Python version allows for live previews of the effects; the Script-Fu version does not. No matter which version you choose, save the plug-in in GIMP’s Plug-in folder and restart the program.

If you download the Python version, Layer Effects will be added under Image > Layer > Layer Effects. The Script-Fu version will be listed under Script-Fu > Layer Effects.

3. Add CMYK Color Separation

CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow, key (black). In the context of photo editors and graphics programs, it is a subtractive color model that is different from the commonly used, additive RGB color model. In simplified terms, RGB colors work by becoming lighter with the addition of white, while CMYK colors subtract the white by overlaying colors, eventually resulting in black; that black isn’t as deep as it should be for printing, so black is added to the CMYK mix.

Many users complain about GIMP’s lack of CMYK support. For many designers and photographers, images have to be converted to CMYK colors for high-quality prints. If you require CMYK separation, download the plug-in Separate+ from Yellowmagic4. Save the ZIP file, extract the plug-in to the GIMP plug-in folder, then restart the program.

GIMP screenshot

The new feature will be located in the Image menu.

4. Install Liquid Rescale

Liquid Rescale is a favorite of many users and created quite a buzz when first introduced into Photoshop. Liquid Rescale makes it possible to alter an image’s dimensions from, for example, 16:9 to 4:3 without distortion by eliminating unnecessary pixels in certain areas. This process, known most commonly as seam carving, allows you to resize a narrow photo to widescreen format without stretching the content into a morphed, twisted mess.

To add the Liquid Rescale feature to GIMP, download the plug-in from Wikidot5 and copy it into the GIMP Plug-In folder. Restart the program.

GIMP screenshot

5. Add Essential Brushes

GIMP comes with far too few brushes; and the ones that are there are small, basic and not all useful. If you’re planning to author graphics, you’ll need a new library of brushes to accomplish anything. Installing brushes in GIMP is as simple as copying the brush file into the Brush folder and restarting GIMP.

Brushes can be downloaded from numerous locations, depending on what you’re looking for. That said, an excellent repository of free brushes of all types — including grunge, fire, splatter, stone and more — is at Blendfu6.

GIMP screenshot

If you add the largest brushes available, you can scale the features in GIMP to reduce their size, allowing for high-resolution graphics.

6. Anchor Windows

If you were to ask Photoshop users their biggest dislike about GIMP, they would almost unanimously express a disdain for the loose docks and toolbars. The canvas, toolbar and layers, paths and brushes dock are all free-floating and scattered about the desktop. If you have a decent window manager, this is a benefit; for most users, it’s a hindrance.

If the loose docks in GIMP bother you, affix them to the main window by right-clicking on the dock or toolbar and selecting Always on Top. The toolbars will now stay above the main menu, and the application will work as if the docks were locked within the main window.

GIMP screenshot

If you still aren’t satisfied with the window system, two different versions of GIMP are available that have interfaces similar to Photoshop’s: GIMPshop and GimPhoto. GimPhoto has a slightly more appealing interface, but GIMPshop is based on a newer version of GIMP.

7. Install Animation Package

The GIMP Animation Package, known as GAP, allows users to create animations. The most common use of GAP is for animated GIFs and avatars; but it is sophisticated enough to make full-episode animations, surrealistic landscapes and realistic water motion.

GAP is not automatically included in GIMP. It can be downloaded from an ever-changing number of locations. Mac users can find a download and instructions at GAP-Systems.7 Windows users have dozens of mirrors to choose from, and a fresh Internet search will yield the best results. Finally, Linux users can download GAP by running a gimp-gap install in the terminal or, if you’re on Ubuntu, searching gimp-gap in the Synaptic packages.

GIMP screenshot

8. Enable GEGL

GEGL is a new feature found only in GIMP 2.6+. According to Gimp.org:

“Many highly requested features of the GIMP will be easier to do using GEGL. Layer effects, layer groups, and adjustment layers are quite easily represented (and efficiently calculated) using the DAG organization of GEGL. CMYK and high bit depth support will be easier because GEGL does not make the same assumptions about color spaces and data types that the GIMP does.”

It is not enabled by default. To activate the feature, simply navigate to Colors > Use GEGL and check the box next to it. Once it is activated, you can use the presets available at Tools > GEGL Operations. Approximately a dozen different presets can be applied to layers and images.

GIMP screenshot


These tweaks, plug-ins and add-ons push GIMP closer to its full potential. While it still wouldn’t replace Photoshop as the top graphics program, it will stand a step higher and provide features that would otherwise be missing.

In addition to the add-ons above, a great deal more can be added to customize GIMP to your own personal needs, including HDR plug-ins, photo cleaners, scrapbook borders and animation effects for GAP. New features are added to the GIMP registry8 everyday. In addition, if you can’t find a plug-in to meet your needs, you can write your own plug-in script.9

For further resources, check out these links:



  1. 1 http://www.gimp.org/
  2. 2 http://www.gimp.org/~tml/gimp/win32/pspi.html
  3. 3 http://registry.gimp.org/node/186
  4. 4 http://cue.yellowmagic.info/softwares/separate.html
  5. 5 http://liquidrescale.wikidot.com/
  6. 6 http://www.blendfu.com/
  7. 7 http://www.gap-system.org/Download/index.html
  8. 8 http://registry.gimp.org/
  9. 9 http://developer.gimp.org/writing-a-plug-in/1/index.html
  10. 10 http://www.noupe.com/gimp-brushes/1000-free-high-resolution-gimp-brushes.html
  11. 11 http://www.noupe.com/gimp/30-exceptional-gimp-tutorials-and-resources.html
  12. 12 http://www.gimp-tutorials.net/
  13. 13 http://www.techzilo.com/gimp-plugins/
  14. 14 http://www.techzilo.com/gimp-plugins/2/
  15. 15 http://manual.gimp.org/

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  2. 102

    Ihr habt GiMPShop vergessen

  3. 203

    I’ll stick to Fireworks thanks :)

  4. 304

    Why are all you PS users crapping on the GIMP? It’s like a rich kid beating up a poor kid because he’s poor. Why do you PS people care? GIMP’s not ever going to compete, won’t ever steal market share. Why act threatened?

    Hell, I hate the GIMP, and I still don’t understand this compulsion of PS fans to beat it up at every turn.

  5. 405

    Photoshop spanks all over the gimp. If you consider the gimp to be a photoshop substitute it means you really aren’t utilising all PS’s features. As Lonut posted, yes photoshop has slices but which high level web developers us them? I thought they were for beginners who cut up basic designs into a grid because it was too challenging to have fluid layouts?

    • 506

      Photoshop is for people that don’t know what they’re doing and rely on automation. I do photo editing / compositing for a living and can tell you that the only real feature Photoshop has outside of the presets for professional use is its color handling and conversion. People are utterly lost without the layer styles and auto masking.

  6. 607

    Seems that lots of PS users who have a “definitely no” opinion about gimp have never opened it since much older versions :P. Gimp has layers for a loooong time, and is able to open most PSD files, and in the latest versions, can directly use PS brushes.

    Of course, it still lacks some features of PS, like grouping layers, or folders for brushes, but Gimp is younger than PS, and it’s UI has been much enhanced in version 2, and new enhancements will be made in next versions. There is a very interesting blog to follow the ideas submitted for next Gimp UI : http://gimp-brainstorm.blogspot.com/

    And as an everyday user of Gimp, I’m unable to make the most simples things in Photoshop :P (for example, in Gimp, it’s very easy to save a transparency mask as a new picture, while in PS, we’ve spend hours to find how to do it (with a teammate who use PS everyday… ;-) )

  7. 708

    NEVER i say NEVER compare GIMP with Photoshop,

    and coming from smashing it’s a bit of disappointment.

  8. 809

    I have been using Photoshop for years, but about 2 years ago I switched to Gimp. At first it was hard to use for me but now I use only open source software to design websites and other graphic things. Now I am very familiar with it. You can’t compare them if you have been using one for years and another one for less than an hour.

  9. 910

    Thanks for this article! I am now downloading the layers effects plugin (the only psd tool I miss)

    Gimp!! m/

  10. 1011

    Add these to “GimpShop” and we can call it a winner!

  11. 1112

    Thanks for this article! Very interesting.

    One note, though. When I turn on “always on top” in X11 with Leopard, weird things happen. E.g., the menus appear behind the windows, which is extremely annoying and renders GIMP useless.

    Another annoying thing is that I always need to click in a window before I can actually work with it. E.g., click in tools palette, click again to choose brush tool, click in picture window, click again to draw with the brush tool etc. Would be cool if someone fixed that.

    On a slightly off-topic note… GIMP misses an easy tool to convert colour values from different colour spaces. That’s why I made a little utility called Color Converter. You can color-converter (shareware).

    Best regards,


  12. 1213

    How do you create Image Slices in Gimp?

  13. 1314

    I’d held off reinstalling PS after a Windows rebuild and gave the Gimp a shot, aside from shortcuts being screwy it couldn’t handle the masks I had in the PSD file I wanted to play with. Needless to say, I’m now reinstalling PS…

  14. 1415

    TX CHL Instructor

    April 7, 2009 10:38 am

    I have found GIMP to be very useful for the limited photo production that I use. One of the things that I do for my CHL students is provide passport photos to the specifications of the Texas DPS (they are a bit pickier than the passport office). I can take the photos of everyone in class (typically 32 in a class), and lay them out, knock out the background, and adjust the brightness and contrast for optimal appearance on my dye-sub printer, and have them all done in about 30 minutes, at a materials cost of roughly 25 cents per student (2 photos each).

    Some of the upgrades to GIMP have been a bit confusing, but lately, it’s gotten pretty good.

    The PS folks who so vehemently diss GIMP are basically snobs. Ok, PS is a good tool, and probably worth the money. GIMP is also a good tool, does everything I need in a photo processor, and the only cost is the time to download it. If you want to run around with your nose in the air, fine, but I will continue to use GIMP. Kinda reminds me of the folks that used to belittle me for playing my violin with a fiberglass bow, when I was playing better with my ‘cheap’ bow than they could with their expensive genuine pernambuco sticks. La-de-da.

    I was very glad to see Smashing do a GIMP article, and I hope to see more.

    BTW, the best tutorial for GIMP that I have found so far is “Grokking the GIMP” (google it). It’s based on a fairly old version, but the techniques still work.

  15. 1516

    Impossible; Just a waste of time.

  16. 1617

    Did you test any of this on a Mac? I have tried to implement some of the things you suggest, but I’ve run into plugins and scripts that are Windows/Linux only and menu options that don’t seem to exist in the X11 version. I guess the GIMP community is dominated by non-Mac OSX users.

  17. 1718

    I use Photoshop & I disagree. Like someone above said, GIMP is nowhere near it. It doesn’t even have close to all the features PS has. On top of that, plugins are being made for Photoshop all the time.

  18. 1819

    By “GIMP is the favorite graphics editing program of many designers and graphic artists.” you mean 50 or so right? Keep in mind you are saying “DESIGNERS” and “GRAPHICS ARTISTS”

  19. 1920

    Linux needs competition in the graphics area. GIMP is very lacking.

  20. 2021

    So far from all the comments it seems this has become the common The GIMP vs. PS debate. Yes The GIMP can be difficult to navigate at first but you need to actually use it to know how to use it effectively (just like PS in my opinion). The GIMP is lacking in some features but they don’t exactly have the same amount of money at their disposal. We need to remember that The GIMP runs solely off of donations, it can’t be expected to replace PS unless you donate $700 every time you download The GIMP.

  21. 2122

    It’s amazing to see the hatred for this program here. I feel the same as many of the users here, but I must say – theGIMP is an amazing undertaking for a development team that doesn’t get paid for it.

    I understand that theGIMP isn’t up to snuff when it comes to professional editing, but I also believe that most of this stems from one factor – it’s lack of true CMYK color spaces. theGIMP with CMYK support would be like Photoshop 7 was – relatively unpolished and rough by today’s standards, but it WORKS.

    Granted – it needs polish, but as a GIMP user, it does put out decent work. I’ve used it to generate the major bulk of my works on a few occasions and simply done the color seps and CMYK conversion in PS later and it performs admirably, provided you decide to learn to use the program.

  22. 2223

    My rule is simple. I use Gimp because it is FREE and I do not want to use PIRATED version of Adobe software.

  23. 2324

    10x for this article, it was helpful, but what about the text layers from .psd in GIMP, I can’t edit them, because they are rasterized and they are not text layers any more. Some suggestions to solving this problem?
    nice day

    • 2425

      Sesa, in order to be able to re-edit your text, you need to save your files as a .xcf file. .xcf is GIMP’s native file. Saving things as psd’s does rasterize the text. Wish I could have seen this three years ago :D Hope this helps!

  24. 2526

    What a stupid argument Photoshop vs. GIMP is.
    GIMP was never intended to be a Photoshop replacement. Publishing pros should use Photoshop and if I were in the biz, I would too. I think some paid a ton for Photoshop and then kind of regret it when GIMP does alot of what they paid a ton for, so they knock GIMP down.
    For cryin out loud, you won’t be arrested for using both. I use a film and digital camera equally. I use Digikam and GIMP as I refuse to get a illegal copy of Photoshop….both handle all my needs.

  25. 2627

    I don’t get an option for “Always on Top” when I right-click a dock in GIMP (WinXP). All I get is Restore/Move/Size/Minimize/Maximize/Close. Is that a Linux only feature?

    Also, I installed layerfx.py in my plug-ins folder but when GIMP starts up it complains that it is unable to run plug-in “layerfx.py”. Why is that?

    You should also mention that the Use GEGL option has to be chosen every time you start-up GIMP. It doesn’t remember the setting, it seems.

  26. 2728

    For number 8, you don’t need to enable gegl to use the gegl tool. That checkbox makes gimp use gegl for curves, levels, and other operations. The only difference it makes is that it’s slower since gegl isn’t as optimized as the other implementations yet.

  27. 2829

    Give it time and GIMP will probably have it’s own following. It’s the beauty of open source, as more people catch on more plug ins will be contributed and guess what…many of those contributors will be Adobe users who are being inspired by working concepts of those products. I myself am a complete Adobe CS user (except for my affection for SwishMax) but I love seeing communities produce quality products and would rather use those products than pay 700+ for my software.

  28. 2930

    Nice roundup. Was actually looking for the “layer effects” plugin but didn’t find it…
    Looks like I didn’t search properly…

  29. 3031

    rather than doing all the steps above, it is easier to just download and install GimPhoto

    actually GimPhoto is based on GIMP 2.4 (not latest but most stable) modification using new PS menu layout and new PS shortcuts, packed with many great plugins, such as: CMYK separation, Save for Web, Batch Process, Noise Removal and Photography Filters, and also improved with new brushset, new gradientset, every aspect is tweaked to improve user usability.

    available for Windows, Linux (all) and Debian Package (deb).

  30. 3132

    There are amaaaazing artists doing amaaaazing things on gimp.

    http://www.r-fl.deviantart.com this is an example

  31. 3233

    Great article, and thanks for the commented link, GimPhoto.
    Gimp is a very powerful app, and not at all hard to work with assuming you don’t have Photoshop burned into the brain. GIMP’s got a lot of legit, pro-quality potential.
    That said, if in the professional field or if you’re a hardcore image editor/creator,
    Photoshop IS worth the money, not just for what features GIMP may be lacking, but because you cannot beat a product that’s the de facto standard with tons of money paying dedicated developers.
    They’re both great frickin’ apps.

  32. 3334

    [ Why are all you PS users crapping on the GIMP? It’s like a rich kid beating up a poor kid because he’s poor. Why do you PS people care? GIMP’s not ever going to compete, won’t ever steal market share. Why act threatened? ]

    The reason I compare Gimp to PS and complain about Gimp is because I need some good tools to do professional level work under Linux. I don’t have Windows installed, and don’t plan to for any number of reasons. PS doesn’t work 100% under emulation. I would really love it if the Gimp developers would concentrate more on usability and less on new features for a while. Simple things like working with alpha channels, increasing/decreasing brush sizes, the brush engine, real layer effects, and better grouping of layers really need to be addressed.

    Unfortunately I can’t try to add these features myself because my current employment contract forbids it, and from what I’ve heard of the way the code is organized (or not), I wouldn’t want to try and wrap my head around the current implementation. So the best I can hope for is that the developers pay attention and take to heart the cries of those who try to use Gimp and find it lacking.

    Gimp doesn’t have to be a second rate program. It’s not the lack of funding that leads to its problems. It’s the mindset of the developers and what they are focusing on. Gimp has the technology; now it needs the polish to actually be usable and useful to professionals.

  33. 3435

    Have you found a way to do a crop/resize like you can in Photoshop?

    e.g.- I can set my crop tool to a 6″x4″ setting, select any sized area within that proportion (large or small) and the result is a cropped image that is 6″x4″ in size.

  34. 3536

    Speaking as designer, Gimp and Photoshop can complement each other. The real issue I have with some Photoshop users is they are so familiar to use that program they have lost the fundamental basic: you can change shortcuts of your preferred command and adapt to the tools to your needs.

  35. 3637

    Gimphoto: It is an occasional misunderstanding, the idea that 2.4 is more stable. Currently the most stable version is 2.6.5 (some people have issues with 2.6.6 crashing)
    It’s also important to mention that GIMPhoto is not supported by GIMP developers nor GIMP users

    “increasing/decreasing brush sizes, the brush engine”
    The first has been addressed since .. 2.2?, the second has already been majorly upgraded with 2.6 and further work on the GUI is planned via Google Summer of Code.

    Layer effects will come after GEGL is fully integrated and no sooner.
    Layer grouping / hierarchy is being worked on for 2.8; It seems to be a fairly involved problem, but it looks likely to get into GIMP 2.8
    16bits per channel support is less likely to get into 2.8, but still possible (one of the developers posted a preliminary patch adding simple support for loading 16bit integer and 32bit float images and applying any of the color tools (eg Curves) to them. For support to actually end up in the release, support would need to be much more complete and doublechecked.

    “It’s not the lack of funding that leads to its problems.”
    This is true. It’s the lack of DEVELOPERS!

  36. 3738

    A lot of you have trouble with reading comprehension and you put your demands ahead of reality. GIMP is not, nor has it ever been a replacement for Photoshop. (badly titled article notwithstanding) Do you understand? I’m talking right to you – Do you understand?

    Most of this stems from your annoyance that the GIMP is not a replacement. You so desperately want it to be – but it’s not. How do you fit through doors?

    Once you get over that you will find the GIMP to be fabulous for what it is. Then, maybe you can come up with some better arguments instead of the same tired bullshit. Honestly.

    You that use and like Photoshop, continue. By all means. You have found a program that you love and it does what you like. Why on Earth would you continue to assail a program that’s clearly not for you? I’ll tell you why. Becasue somewhere in your life you developed this completely arrogant sense of entitlement and you figure that your opinion is the only one that matters and that if something doesn’t fit perfectly to your overwhelming ego than it must be shit.

    Good luck raising children, if you ever become mature enough for that!

  37. 3839

    In your step five, installing brushes. No need to restart Gimp, just click the refresh brushes icon in the brushes dialog. As for insufficient brushes, well, there is Gimp’s built in brush editor (which admittedly is limited as to available shapes). It is also fairly easy to make your own brushes. Personally, I have never had much need to have a lot of brushes (but then I don’t “paint” in Gimp). Most of the time, I just make my own when I need a brush that isn’t in the default set.

  38. 3940

    Actually, the folder with brushes, curves etc. on Windows is now located in your user-specific folder. Type %userprofile%.gimp-2.6 in your folder address bar to get to it, the full address will be something like C:Documents and SettingsUSERNAME.gimp-2.6.

    (make sure you have set “show-> toolbars ->address bar” to be able to type it in)

  39. 4041

    Actually, the folder with brushes, curves etc. on Windows is now located in your user-specific folder. Type %userprofile%.gimp-2.6 in your folder address bar to get to it, the full address will be something like C:Documents and SettingsUSERNAME.gimp-2.6.

    (make sure you have set “show-> toolbars ->address bar” to be able to type it in)

    BTW, what does GEGL really provide you? Can you give an example?

  40. 4142

    I work in a school, and would love to hand out more opensource stuff to the kids. I give out CD Roms with OpenOffice on all the time, and some of the kids barely care that it is a bit different, as its operation is nearly the same for their use. We cannot (ethically or legally) advocate downloading an illegal version of PS.

    The school has a Visual Arts Specialism, and Uses CS3 (Master suite) throughout, so its kindof a standard. We constantly get asked for a free version of PS but cannot do this for student home machines or obvious license issues.
    – So an opensource PS eqiv would be great for us, and the various Exam groups that need a quality Image editing program but cannot afford the full version.

    BUT: I cannot bear to hand out GIMP, on a few grounds.
    Is too different to PS. And the name, why should I explain its “real” origins. Yeah I have named files an immature name in the past and put variable names as bad language but calling something GIMP is just sad.

    • 4243

      Richard, you may not be aware of this, but GIMP stands stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, regardless of what its acronym is.

  41. 4344

    Thank you for publishing this… you’re preaching to the choir on my end. I do love me some GIMP, but there were still a couple of these plug-ins I didn’t know about.

  42. 4445

    i cant get the menu to open that allows me to fix the tool menus also how do i set the ruler size to pixels ?

  43. 4546

    The Photoshop users who say that the GiMP will never be a replacement don’t bother me in the least. The GiMP does what I need it to do and THAT’S what matters. Use the tool that works best for you. This whole argument reminds me of the quote “When you’re a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail.”

  44. 4647

    Very interesting article, full of useful tips. It would be great if the author published a book, a useful manual always at hand when needed! Or may be she already did it? If so, pls let me know, I’ll jump to Amazon and buy it immediately!

  45. 4748

    GIMP stands for “GNU Image Manipulation Program”

    Why do you feel the need to explain the “real” origin of the word if it’s an acronym? Maybe the “powers that be” DID have that intention. Who knows? Who cares?

    Frankly, I don’t care because it IS an acronym and it’s a wonderful program

  46. 4849

    the CMYK plugin is only Windows supported? I use Mac. No CMYK support for Gimp there?

  47. 4950

    Hmm I always wanted to get my hands on Photoshop, but never had a chance its pricey I stick with gimp I Only draw and animate cats, wolves, and background, but I always wondered what Photoshop was like is there anyway to get away from breaking the law and get it free?Or getting it at a VERY low price?

  48. 5051

    Only for debian (and maybe $buntu)-users:

    no need to compile the source-code; the plugins (and a lot more) are packaged in the reppos, just make an:

    apt-get install gimp-plugin-registry

    and you get:
    * Add Film Grain (2.4):
    Helps adding realistic film grain to BW images.
    * Black and White Film Simulation (1.1):
    Converts the selected layer into Black and White using
    the channel mixer. Tries to produce results resembling
    tonal qualities of film.
    * Contact Sheet:
    Generates a contact sheet(s) for a directory of images.
    * David’s Batch Processor (1.1.7):
    A simple batch processing plugin for The Gimp – it allows
    the user to automatically perform operations (such as resize)
    on a collection of image files.
    * Diana-Holga2 (3 juin 2008):
    Diana/Holga Toys Cameras effect simulator.
    * Exposure Blend (1.3b):
    Prompt for 3 images in a bracketed exposure series (e.g. 0,-2,+2 EV)
    and blend these into a contrast enhanced image.
    * Fix-CA (3.0.2):
    Corrects chromatic aberration in photos
    * Focus-Blur (3.1.5):
    This plugin tries to simulate an out-of-focus blur
    * GREYCstoration (2.8):
    A tool to denoise, inpaint and resize images
    * Layer-Effects (2.4):
    This script implements the following effects:
    add border, bevel and emboss, color overlay, drop shadow,
    gradient overlay, inner glow, inner shadow, outer glow,
    pattern overlay, satin.
    * Liquid Rescale (0.4.0-4):
    Content-aware rescaling. Keeps the features of the image while
    rescaling along a single direction.
    * Normalmap (1.2.1):
    Allows you to convert images into RGB normal maps for use in
    per-pixel lighting applications.
    * Planet Render (1-2):
    Creates a planet. Color, size and sun orientation
    can be set.
    * Refocus (0.9.1):
    The GIMP plugin to refocus images using FIR Wiener filtering.
    During image processing operations such as scanning and scaling, images
    tend to get blurry. The blurred impression of these images is due to the
    fact that image pixels are averaged with their neighbors. Blurred images
    don’t have sharp boundaries and look as though they have been taken with
    an unfocussed camera.
    * Save for Web (0.28.5):
    Allows to experiment with various popular web format options. It shows
    an automatically updated preview and file size statistics.
    * Separate+ (0.5.1):
    Separate+ is a plug-in that generates color separations from an RGB
    image, proofs CMYK colors on the monitor and exports the CMYK TIFF file.
    * Smart Sharpen (redux) (2.4):
    This script implements the redux version of smart sharpening. It utilizes
    the Unsharp Mask or Refocus plugin to sharpen the image.
    * Streak-Camera simulation (0.6):
    A streak camera images an object through a slit –
    thus getting a “one dimensional image”. This image is
    propagated along the second dimension of the image plane
    at a constant speed. The result is a picture of the time
    dependency of the object.
    * Wavelet Denoise (0.2-beta):
    The wavelet denoise plugin is a tool to selectively reduce noise in
    individual channels of an image with optional RGBYCbCr conversion.
    It has a user inteface to adjust the amount of denoising applied. The
    wavelet nature of the algorithm makes the processing quite fast.

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    Benjamin Schran

    June 13, 2009 5:50 am

    To be honest gimp has made greater strides in the last few years as comparative growth to adobe photoshop. one of the major things contributing to its drive is Us the users… because its opensource if you the user says “hmm i would like it to do a little more then it does now”. With a little know-how you can add anything you want to it because the source code is out there on the net… the best adobe can give is plug ins… this is a great feature but doesn’t give you the same freedom (as in speech) to make changes. and the best part is its free(as in beer)! Now by no means am i saying that you adobe is not a better software in many ways I am saying that Gimp has great potential and should not be shot down as garbage. One few great examples of opensource software making it into the business world is 1 Open office 2 Linux based servers 3 Blender (yes more of the major motion picture companys are using because of its complete open source nature… making it easier for them to progam plugins for it). So just because its not 100% photoshop doesnt mean you should put it down

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    Benjamin Schran

    June 13, 2009 6:01 am

    Animator to answer your question yes there is a way to get photoshop to TRY for free however it is only for 30days so if you want to give it a look you can pick it up at https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?promoid=EBYEU&loc=en&product=photoshop


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