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Gimp vs Photoshop

Harry Joseph , Mar 02, 2013; 10:15 a.m.

Most Photo editing software packages have at least one feature that even Photohop can't handle. This does not mean that they are as good as photoshop, but it does set them appart. Does Gimp have anything like that just curious...

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JDM von Weinberg , Mar 02, 2013; 10:30 a.m.

GIMP wasn't so much "built" as it "jes' growed" like Topsy.

I confess that as an old (started with Photoshop 2.5) Photoshop user, I have looked at GIMP; but for me personally, its learning curve makes Photoshop look like the "kiddie slope" at the ski resort.

I've clearly been imprinted on PS, so for me it's hopeless to think of changing.

Stephen Lewis , Mar 02, 2013; 10:37 a.m.

I use both, but only because most of the time I am using a Linux OS and it is often easier to use GIMP than reboot into the Windows partition. I prefer PS for serious work, but that is probably because I basically use Gimp for online postings and to send attachments to friends.

Stephen Lewis , Mar 02, 2013; 10:39 a.m.

I use both, but only because most of the time I am using a Linux OS and it is often easier to use GIMP than reboot into the Windows partition. I prefer PS for serious work, but that is probably because I basically use Gimp for online postings and to send attachments to friends. Also, I find that my 35mm film scanner software doesn't work well with Linux, but works great with Windows.

Rick M. , Mar 02, 2013; 10:42 a.m.

There is the obvious feature. Photoshop can't handle free. It is far smaller and some say will run on a less capable computer.

There is a sleeper out there in Corel's Paintshop Pro X5. For anyone but an industry professional one could make a really good argument for it. After all we are talking about the difference between about $50.00 and $600.00. For all but the most unusual tasks, Paint Shop Pro would be fine for any photographer. Certainly the support and training materials for Photoshop are far better but for most tasks the engine isn't substantially better.

There is a cult following around Photoshop. It is "state of the art". But. There are very many people using it who would be happier with a copy of Elements or PSP and a new $550.00 lens.

Robert Chura , Mar 02, 2013; 11:43 a.m.

Other than free what feature can PS not do that others can?

Mukul Dube , Mar 02, 2013; 12:24 p.m.

I used Photoshop for some months about ten years ago. Since then I have used the GIMP for all of my work, supplemented by UFRaw and Digikam and Phatch. I cannot understand why people almost always say "learning curve" when they speak of the GIMP.

john cox , Mar 02, 2013; 03:21 p.m.

Can you export a PSD in Corel or Gimp?

Matt Laur , Mar 02, 2013; 05:48 p.m.

Corel's PhotoPaint (part of the Draw suite) happily writes PSD files.

Mukul Dube , Mar 02, 2013; 06:23 p.m.

I just saved a file as PSD in GIMP 2.6. It can be done: but I do not see why anyone should want to use a proprietary format when TIFF is available.


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