Photoshop vs GIMP

Photoshop vs GIMP

Image editing software is a must have tool for every web designer. Without attractive images it’s nearly impossible to draw a wow impression to your website. Photoshop and GIMP being the most popular image editing software of the industry, both of them have large number of supporters and there’s always a never ending war between the supporters of both the software. In this article I would discuss few facts about both the software.

First of all I would like to give a brief introduction of GIMP for those who are unaware about GIMP. Here is how the software describes about itself in its official website – “GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted. GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. But basically the same code also runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X.”

GIMP’s major advantage is that it’s free. You don’t have to spend money for GIMP and it can be used cross-platform. But, Photoshop is Windows based, closed source, expensive software priced nearly $700, with same or slightly more editing features. GIMP is less hardware hungry than Photoshop. But Photoshop being the industry standard is always preferred by professionals over GIMP and GIMP also lacks the number of available online tutorials and help videos than Photoshop. Though GIMP’s user interface is less friendly for Photoshop fans, GIMP’s user interface makes it easier to perform repeatable actions than compared to Photoshop.

Both the software has own advantage and disadvantage and it’s hard to draw a clear conclusion. The debate is never ending but, decision is yours. It’s up to you, whether you want to spend $700 or you gonna prefer a free alternative with same functionality. Yes, Of course I did not forget about pirated and cracked version of Photoshop, which can be easily downloaded from any torrent website. But Piracy is not another option, it’s a Crime. And there’s no doubt that Open Source software is always safe and secure than pirated version of any software.

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Manas Sarkar

An IT Security enthusiast, Red-Hat certified Engineer and a web developer with 8 years of development experience, currently working as a System Analyst.

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