Get GIMP - Free Replacement for Overpriced Photoshop
GIMP is a comprehensive image editing program on the level of Photoshop, in
fact it looks and works pretty much the same as Photoshop, with one major
exception; Photoshop costs about $800.00 while GIMP is totally free!
GIMP stands for "GNU Image Manipulation Program", GNU standing for GNU
General Public License. The GNU General Public License is a long-winded document
that gives you permission to use and redistribute the software for free. You can
even modify the software, but in turn anyone to which you distribute the software
automatically receives that same permission, and you must also distribute your
modifications under the same agreement.
For most users, the GNU General Public License boils down to this: it's free!
GIMP can be used to perform a wide range of image processing tasks including
convert, merge, blend, align layers, and create an infinite number of interesting
effects. It can be used to create Web graphics like icons, buttons, backgrounds,
image maps, textures, drop shadows, raised type, and much more.
Iíve always wanted to learn Photoshop, but with a price that I can't afford,
why bother? Now I have the same graphics power with GIMP for free. In this article
Iíll describe my experience with downloading and installing GIMP.
Downloading and Installing GIMP
Although GIMP.org is the official
GIMP web site, which provides a vast amount of information about installing and
using GIMP, it doesnít provide installation files, only source code that you have
to compile yourself. Instead, installation files can be downloaded from
GIMP for Windows.
And similar to most open-source software, you can't just install GIMP by executing
a single setup program, you need to download three files and install them separately.
GIMP for Windows (7.8 MB)
GTK+ 2 Runtime Environment (3.7 MB)
GIMP Help (22 MB)
Extract the three zip files into a new folder under Program Files
(for example named "GIMP"), then double-click each setup file, starting with the
GTK (GIMP Tool Kit), then GIMP, and then Help. This is the order in which the
components look for each other as you install and use them.
Don't be concerned
when the GTK doesn't put any files in your Program Files sub-folder, it installs DLL's
in your system folder. Don't be concerned about the large size of the Help setup file,
it contains help in eight different languages, only one of which you need to install.