Posts Tagged ‘raster’

Make Gimp To Be More Like Photoshop

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Over the past few years, I’ve learned that one of the biggest hurdles that open source software has is just the fact that it isn’t the well-known commercial software.  There will always be things that each software does better or worse or just different and in these conversations the incumbent (i.e. the commercial software that everyone already uses) is always right no matter what is good, bad, or ugly.  The Gimp vs Photoshop comparison is no different.

So, as much as possible, I try to find ways that make moving to the open source alternative as comfortable as possible.  So, if you are a Photoshop user thinking about trying out Gimp, I just ran across this article about several things you can do to make the transition a little easier.  I hope it’s helpful.

Creative Photo Editing With Gimp

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

A few months ago I did a couple presentations at the Colorado Springs Open Source User Group about Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program) that were just posted online for the group.  If you haven’t heard about or looked at Gimp yet, it is a free open source raster image editor similar to Photoshop.  It is extremely powerful and feature-ful program.  For these presentations, I tried to just focus on creative image editing techniques to focus the discussion and hit the features that are most useful for most people.  The first presentation is just an overview of Gimp for doing basic photo editing and get you familiar with the user interface.  I wish I would have known about Gimp Resynth before as it would have helped a few of the things I did!

The second delves in to more advanced techniques such as text, paths, selections and filters to really give your image that creative POP!

They are really presentations and not really tutorial format, but I think there’s a lot of stuff to learn from both presentations.  Let me know what you think!