CRAFTYMOM GIVES GIMP 5 STARS!
GIMP is a great Image Manipulation Program. It's totally free for download. It's safe...no spyware or malware risks. No toolbar, or browser downloads. Amazing, legit open-source program for performing a multitude of tasks, such as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
GIMP can be used as a simple paint program, or an expert quality photo retouching program. It has a bit of a learning curve to it, if you want to explore all it's capabilities. However, if you're familiar with any graphics or paint program...it's pretty simple (standard) to jump right in and start working on digital graphics, photo edits, etc.
GIMP works on UNIX, Windows, and Mac platforms.
If you're a VISUAL person, like me...doing a search on Youtube for "GIMP" for tutorials is the easiest way to learn how to use all the cool features!
A VERY BRIEF LIST OF SOME OF GIMPS GREAT FEATURES....
- Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone, etc.
- Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool
- Supports custom brushes and patterns
- Tile based memory management so image size is limited only by available disk space
- Virtually unlimited number of images open at one time
- Advanced Manipulation
- Full alpha channel support
- Layers and channels
- Multiple Undo/Redo Edits (limited only by diskspace)
- Editable text layers
- Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip
- Selection tools including rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy
- Quickmask to paint a selection.
- Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters
- Over 100 plug-ins already available, more all the time
- File Handling
- File formats supported include bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, and many others
- Load, display, convert, save to many file formats
- Much, much more!
GIMP HAS THIS GREAT LITTLE TOOL FOR STRAIGHTENING OUT THOSE SKEWED PHOTOS! NOT USUALLY OF CONCERN FOR MOST PEOPLE, BUT IF YOU'RE A WAHM, TAKING YOUR OWN PHOTOS TO SELL PRODUCT...I'VE SEEN A LOT OF SHOPS THAT COULD USE THIS TOOL! A LOT OF GREAT, SIMPLE TOOLS FOR BRIGHTENING, CROPPING, ENHANCING, AND FIXING PHOTOS. AND SO FAR THE ONLY FREE SOFTWARE I'VE SEEN THAT HAS TOOLS RESEMBLING PHOTOSHOP & XARA...LIKE SMUDGE/BLEND (GREAT FOR SMOOTHING OUT WRINKLES, IMPERFECTIONS, AND FIXING OLD, DUSTY PHOTOS), BURNING (GREAT FOR DARKENING AREAS OF A PHOTO), DODGING (GREAT FOR LIGHTENING AREAS OF A PHOTO)...AND ALL SUPER EASY TO USE! GIMP IS A SUPER-FUN PROGRAM THAT YOU'LL BE HAPPY TO HAVE ON YOUR COMPUTER. EVEN IF IT'S JUST USED FOR CROPS & SIMPLE EDITS, AND THE OCCASIONAL BUTTON OR BANNER DESIGN!