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
Updated: October 15, 2020