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GIMP Anyone?
#1
I was just wondering if anyone on here uses GIMP? Great program, free, I use it a alot.
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#2
I've tried it and discarded it, I found the workflow horribly slow and the interface was very basic to me. I will admit this was well over a year ago, it may of improved in the last few months.
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#3
I heard good things about it, but never got around to really trying it..... What do you like about it?

uli
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#4
Well, it's an awesome program overall.. A few things, specifically, that I like are that it is in seperate windows, and not one large dominating window. You can see your background, files, etc, behind it while you're using it. The interface is alot smaller, and easy to use once you get the hang out it. (Not too hard) It also comes with a ton of great tools and processes.
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#5
I have looked at Gimp - it definately looks good - but PhotoShop is the industry standard and everything that is 3rd party is done for it. Hard to switch if you already own it...
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#6
By the way, there's a project/hack to make GIMP look and work like photoshop. Why you ask? I suppose photoshop is a industry standard workflow, and GIMP is free. Best of both worlds!

http://plasticbugs.com/index.php?p=241

I haven't tried it, but it looks mighty cool! For mac, windows and linux (redhat and debian)... oh and solaris too. :|
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#7
That's true Toad. If I had dropped a few hundred bucks on Photoshop, I probably wouldn't be partial to switching either..

Hmm, looks interesting shuttertalk. I'll have to check it out. Smile
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#8
I've used the GIMP longer than I've used Photoshop.
Each has their strong and weak points.

If you can't afford PS the GIMP with the Photoshop make over is a good free alternative.
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#9
399Retouch Wrote:It seems odd to me that the creators of GIMP chose such a non-intuitive user interface. Best to stick with the industry standard.
I wouldn't say non-intuitive - just different. If you're used to photoshop then anything else will be non-intuitive to you, until you get used to the other interface. I remember growing up with paint shop pro, and even now I scratch my head trying to find some things in photoshop... Big Grin
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#10
Hi
Since I can't afford Photoshop I thought I would try gimp.I found and down loaded automatic installer but I can't seem to find the program that I'm suppose to down load( guess I'm use to use friendly soft ware)I'm running an xp platform.Can any one please help
Lorraine
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#11
Hi Lorraine, good on you for not being afraid to go down the open source path. Big Grin

I think you may need to download the GTK toolkit as well, see:
http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/faq.html


There's also a build from portableapps.com which has a complete package and allows you to install and run it directly from a USB key (so you can take it to any computer):
http://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pi...p_portable
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#12
Thanks a bunch I'm going to give it a try.
Lorraine
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#13
Hey everyone, here's a list of 30 Gimp tutorials and sites... very cool! Big Grin
http://tutorialblog.org/gimp-tutorials/
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#14
shuttertalk Wrote:Hey everyone, here's a list of 30 Gimp tutorials and sites... very cool! Big Grin
Where's the link?
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#15
Oooops, fixed! Big Grin
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#16
Well I have Gimp up and running Wow I can spend hours messing around and have no idea what I'm doing.That is definitely going to take some time.
Lorraine
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#17
Hehe, I find it always helps if you've got something in mind, like a project to work on so you can search for help on techniques for exactly what you want to do. Big Grin

Have fun! Big Grin
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#18
I tried to download gimp and had trouble. The program wouldn't work because files were missing from the download. Do they make that download hard on purpose?
Nikon D3100 with Tokina 28-70mm f3.5, (I like to use a Vivitar .43x aux on the 28-70mm Tokina), Nikkor 10.5 mm fisheye, Quanteray 70-300mm f4.5, ProOptic 500 mm f6.3 mirror lens. http://donschaefferphoto.blogspot.com/
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#19
Don Schaeffer Wrote:I tried to download gimp and had trouble. The program wouldn't work because files were missing from the download. Do they make that download hard on purpose?
See my post a few posts up... Big Grin
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#20
I had problems down-loading too until I try saving instead of run when it first starts the download.Then make sure you save as all files.Then close out, and go into my documents and install it and you need ufraw if you want to work with raw files.I would add the link but I don't know how.
Lorraine
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#21
Thanks Shuttertalk. I don't think it's worth knocking my brains out. I have Photoshop 4 and Photosuite which I use all the time.
Nikon D3100 with Tokina 28-70mm f3.5, (I like to use a Vivitar .43x aux on the 28-70mm Tokina), Nikkor 10.5 mm fisheye, Quanteray 70-300mm f4.5, ProOptic 500 mm f6.3 mirror lens. http://donschaefferphoto.blogspot.com/
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#22
Best place to download for Windows is, http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html
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#23
Thanks you guys. I DID get The Gimp installed. I'm gonna play with it.
Nikon D3100 with Tokina 28-70mm f3.5, (I like to use a Vivitar .43x aux on the 28-70mm Tokina), Nikkor 10.5 mm fisheye, Quanteray 70-300mm f4.5, ProOptic 500 mm f6.3 mirror lens. http://donschaefferphoto.blogspot.com/
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#24
Don Schaeffer Wrote:Thanks you guys. I DID get The Gimp installed. I'm gonna play with it.
Once you get your head around the interface its a good program, I used it for a couple of years before I got my copy of Photoshop.
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#25
Hi Don
If you go back to the same site that down-loaded Gimp http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html there is gimp help down load You can down load and install the same way.It will give you the choice of what language you want to use when you go to install.Then go into Gimp under preferances click gimp browser.It's nice to have the help files right there.It took me awhile to figure it out.
Lorraine
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