• Company GIMP
  • Version 2.10
  • Platforms
  • License Freeware
  • Category Graphics
3.1 / 5 (168 votes)

1. Main Features

  • Resembles Adobe Photoshop but for free
  • Supports many of the popular formats such as JPEG and PNG
  • Offers over 100 plug-ins to extend functionality
  • Contains editable text layers

2. Software Overview

GIMP, which stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a graphics editor used for editing, retouching, and converting images. It is available on Linux, Windows, and Mac platforms.

GIMP is a layer-based image editor that resembles Adobe Photoshop. Like Photoshop, it can be used as an online batch processing system, an image format converter, a mass production image renderer, and a photo retouching tool. GIMP has a full suite of painting tools, such as Airbrush, Pencil, Clone, and Brush. It has editable text layers, effects, filters, transformable paths, quickmask, full alpha channel support, and has over 100 plugins available that extend capabilities.

GIMP supports many of the industry-standard image formats, such as JPEG and PNG. The program uses a proprietary file extension (.XCF) but opens and exports to many different graphics files, such as .PSD, .JPG, .PDF, .PNG, .BMP, and .TIFF. You can also create templates from the edits and settings you have for your images to make editing tailored more to your preferences.

GIMP is a very capable image editor. It resembles the layout and provides many of the capabilities of Adobe Photoshop. It can also open many of the industry-standard file formats. Throw in the fact that GIMP is free and you have a very attractive image editor.

3. Supported File Types

Primary file extension:
.XCF - GIMP Image File
Other file extensions used by GIMP:
# File Extension Name
1 .9.PNG NinePatchDrawable Image
2 .AI Adobe Illustrator File
3 .APM Aldus Placeable Metafile Image
4 .CR2 Canon Raw Image File
5 .DDS DirectDraw Surface Image
6 .DDS DirectDraw Surface
7 .DGT DST Thumbnail File
8 .DIB Device Independent Bitmap File
9 .DIC DICOM Image
10 .DICOM DICOM Image File
11 .FITS Flexible Image Transport System File
12 .G3 CCITT Group 3 Fax Image
13 .G3N Zetafax Fax Image
14 .GBR GIMP Brush File
15 .GGR GIMP Gradient File
16 .GIF Graphical Interchange Format File
17 .GIH GIMP Image Hose File
18 .HEIF High Efficiency Image Format
19 .ICO Icon File
20 .ICON Icon Image File
21 .JBMP JAmes OS Bitmap Image
22 .JFI JPEG File Interchange Image
23 .JPG JPEG Image
24 .MNG Multiple-image Network Graphic
25 .ORA OpenRaster Image File
26 .P8.PNG PICO-8 Game Cartridge File
27 .PAT Pattern File
28 .PCX Paintbrush Bitmap Image File
29 .PEF Pentax Electronic File
30 .PGM Portable Gray Map Image
31 .PIX Alias PIX Image
32 .PNG Portable Network Graphic
33 .PNM Portable Any Map Image
34 .PPM Portable Pixmap Image File
35 .PSD Adobe Photoshop Document
36 .RAW Raw Image Data File
37 .RGBA RGB Bitmap
38 .RS Sun Raster Graphic
39 .SCM GIMP Script-Fu Script
40 .SR Sun Raster Image File
41 .SUN Sun Raster Graphic File
42 .SVG Scalable Vector Graphics File
43 .TGA Targa Graphic
44 .TIF Tagged Image File
45 .TUB PaintShop Pro Picture Tube
46 .VBR GIMP Parametric Brush File
47 .WMF Windows Metafile
48 .XBM X11 Bitmap Graphic
49 .XCF GIMP Image File
50 .XPM X11 Pixmap Graphic
51 .XWD X Windows Dump Image

Updated: October 15, 2020

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