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GIMP is an open source graphics editor. Often referred to as "The Gimp", the program's name is properly written in all capital letters, with no preceding "the", to emphasize the acronym GNU Image Manipulation Program.

Although GIMP is considered only to be a marginal alternative to larger graphics editors such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel PaintShop Pro, the software has seen extensive use in professional graphics and film production. Many Linux-based studios prefer employing GIMP rather than running Photoshop with a Windows compatibility layer or emulator, as Walt Disney currently does. Notably, recent Hollywood blockbuster films such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Scooby-Doo, Stuart Little, and The Last Samurai have been created with GIMP derivatives FilmGimp and CinePaint. Other large design agencies use GIMP either regularly or exclusively for print publications.

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