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Damn That’s Cool: The GIMP

by on Dec.13, 2010, under Blogs, Damn That's Cool

While this may not be novel news to anyone familiar to Linux or simply open source software in general, I have talked to a non-zero number of people who have no clue in hell that this thing even exists. GIMP (which is short for GNU Image Manipulation Program) is basically a slightly more basic, but legitimately FREE image editing program in the same vein as Paint Shop Pro or Adobe Photoshop – available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS. To be fair, I have Photoshop, and I am used to Photoshop… so for a long time I had heard about this piece of software but had not tried it. Then I installed Ubuntu on a couple of machines to fuck around with Linux, and found I could get 95% of the same tasks done with GIMP, along with a wide variety of other things I hadn’t thought to do in Photoshop.

In any case, anything that can hold its own against the big boys, only with more community support and a price point within reach of literally anyone with a computer – is damn cool. Check it out: The GIMP

2 Comments for this entry

  • moe

    one of the guys from Dora Dank turned me on to this program (thanks Eric).
    I am a terrible flyer maker & was able to mess around with it enough to make flyers.So yeah its fairly noob friendly.this coming from a windows paint guy.

  • Tim Lyons

    Dora Dank kicks ass, just wanted to throw that out there – hadn’t seen them in a while since I’m out in the sticks now, though

    Anyway, yeah, it’s definitely worth trying out no matter what you’re used to really – it’s FREE after all, the worst that will happen is you waste a night messing around with it… it can do some pretty cool stuff. Glad to hear people are starting to use it.

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