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Open-source freeware fave GIMP ready to rake on Photoshop

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GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, is an entirely free, open-source image editor and creator that---now in its seventeenth year of development---finally seems ready to take on the big guns. Criticized for years for being too oddball, too unstable, too un-Photoshop-like, GIMP has finally edged its way into the mainstream. Yes, it's still really different from Photoshop, but after two decades of Photoshop, is that really a bad thing?

I felt a little lost when I first opened GIMP 2.6.11. For a Photoshop user, it's a little like visiting a foreign country for the first time: Some things seem familiar and others are not. Fortunately, GIMP's tool box includes tips when you hover over a tool; and the options for the tool appear in the lower half of the tool box when you make your selection. Also, the tutorials available on GIMP's website can help.

For basic image manipulation,




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GIMP, what a prophetic name, since the product turned out to be oh so very LAME.

What is that writer smoking? I'm sure Adobe is missing their mid-afternoons naps being so worried about the market share GIMP is stealing from PHOTOSHOP. The only competition PHOTOSHOP has is from Pirated PHOTOSHOP copies, not from some amateur cobble job like GIMP.

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