Touring the GIMP

This article by Michael J. Hammel originally appeared in Issue 1 of TUX Magazine

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (the GIMP) has been called "Photoshop for Linux". While the GIMP is not just for Linux and is not an Adobe Photoshop clone, it is a very powerful image manipulation program. It is clearly on the other end of the spectrum from TuxPaint as far as capabilities.

In this first article, Micheal offers a tour of the cabilities. If you are like me, the GIMP seemed intimidating because it has so many capabilities. This article will help you get more comfortable with all the possible things you can do without getting buried in details. In subsequent articles we will explore some specific capabilities.

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fyl - Mon, 2007-01-15 08:13.
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the Gimp

since I am a Photoshop user for a couple of years, and shortly tried to switch to Linux (Kubuntu), I also tried to switch to the Gimp.
That's difficult. Specially the toolbox that keep disapering, the menu's and dialog boxes are to BIG, and changing the size of the brushes is not as easy as in the big brother. Resizing the picture, and resizing the canvas also is rather complex. But what I miss most of all is an instrument like adobe gamma, to calibrate the screen, I did correct it by using a picture from my windows machine and correct the colors on the linux machine at sight, which off course isn't very accurate.

P. van Aken (not verified) - Thu, 2007-01-18 03:03.

Use the GIMPShop

If you have troubles using the GIMP, try GIMPShop (GIMPShop[dot]net)

Javier (not verified) - Sat, 2007-01-20 10:05.

Considering the difference

Considering the difference in cost between the two (Gimp is free) i don't see much room for complaint, plus there is probably a plugin that does what you're looking for. And you can calibrate the aggresiveness of the toolbox i think so that it doesnt disappear (i think). Try searching the web for a gamma plugin ( http://registry.gimp.org/ ).

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2007-01-20 07:41.

http://lists.xcf.berkeley.edu/lists/gimp-developer/2001-May/014799.html

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2007-01-20 07:45.

Nice one

I've been trying to get a couple of my employees to start using more of Gimp and they always complain about it. This is going to be handy.

Jubal (not verified) - Tue, 2007-01-16 18:34.