View Full Version : A question about GIMP

09-06-2005, 01:52 PM
I was just wondering if it is as good as everyone says it is. Does anyone have some experience with it? I'm taking a class on Frontpage (yes, yes I know.) and I need something that I can edit backgrounds and such. I'm used to Photoshop and have a descent working knowledge of it (but can't use as it is a copy of my friends and not exactly mine, therefore cannot use it for commercial use). Are the two programs comparable or is there something else that a college student can get for free or relatively low price? Thanks

09-06-2005, 02:03 PM
You can try Paint .Net as well as GIMP.

It's got some pretty decent features, and of course, it's FREE :D


09-06-2005, 03:52 PM
GIMP : 0$
Photoshop : ~600$

So don't expect the same quality.

09-06-2005, 04:55 PM
Nah, Gimp is comparable to PS. Its really good. Look, you really have nothing to lose by downloading it. I use GIMP all the time :D

Im going to check out that paint thing too :)

09-06-2005, 05:25 PM
Based on the look, Paint.net is laid out similar to Photoshop so you might have an easier time transitioning to it. The GIMP is also a very good product, despite the fact that it's free, which isn't a real measure of quality anyways. I use it extensively for video game textures and personal projects and it's definitely worth downloading as an alternative to the overly expensive PS.

09-06-2005, 08:36 PM
Hey, I wasn't saying GIMP wasn't a good software, but he asked if it was comparable to Photoshop, which is far superior. I was only pointing the obvious though, a free program can hardly do the same job (or as well) a $600 one would do. You should definately download it and give it a try IMO.

09-06-2005, 10:45 PM
Made my new sig in GIMP. I know Grey Fox is pixilized, but still... thats due to my crappy editing. I didn't realise till I had saved and closed. Oh well... still looks ok to me though.

09-07-2005, 07:07 AM
I tried it (as i'm always happy to support Open Source software) but I have to say I couldn't get the hang of it at all.
If you are using linux its probably excellent, but the whole multiple-windows thing just doesn't work on windows. I tried a few of the windows-fix and look-like-photoshop patches but they all caused as many problems as they fixed.

Its pretty impressive for the amount of stuff it can do, but the user interface makes the highly complex photoshop one look like childs play.
If you are on linux, or aren't used to photoshop then it might be worth taking the time to learn... if (like me) you use Photoshop at work and want an equivilant for home then its just too awkward imho.

I haven't tried Paint.NET so i can't comment on that.
I haven't used paint shop pro in years, but i hear that the new versions of that manage to do almost all the basics of photoshop pretty well. And its a fraction of the price. For doing frontpage backgrounds you really don't need the complexity of photoshop or The GIMP.

09-07-2005, 08:40 AM
Thanks for the advice guys.

09-07-2005, 03:43 PM
Yeah, I had to have like 5 different GIMP windows open to make that sig :-\ All those windows with multiple layers, and pictures sucks up RAM.

09-07-2005, 04:54 PM
This is probably why it locks up on me every so often. The windows are bit
obstructive, but I found I could adjust. To each his own.

Hey, I wasn't saying GIMP wasn't a good software, but he asked if it was comparable to Photoshop, which is far superior.

No problem. Photoshop is superior, but I don't have $600. :(

09-07-2005, 05:24 PM
Well, Photoshop Elements is only like $50. I always wanted to buy that... but hey, what would you buy:

Photoshop Elements -$50
Sweet New Video Game -$50

I always pick the sweet new video game. Lol.

09-08-2005, 07:39 AM
We managed to find an adobe creative suite on offer with photoshop, illustrator, indesign, golive and acrobat professional all for £179. But that was a while back and i doubt its still available. Anyway, thats still a lot of money.

Photoshop elements isn't much use imho.

09-08-2005, 10:41 AM
I'd take the video game anyday. :)