GIMP Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

GIMP

Open-source and on-premise image manipulation software

4.38/5 (1,994 reviews)

GIMP overview

What is GIMP?

GIMP is an open-source image manipulation software that enables businesses, graphic designers, scientists, illustrators, and photographers to edit and retouch images, design icons, create free-hand artworks, and convert files into various formats. The platform uses several programming languages, such as C++, Python, Scheme, and Perl to edit and manipulate scripted images.

GIMP allows businesses to select widget themes, icon sizes, and toolsets based on the artwork or design, save animations, and enhance images using various tools including the corrective mode and channel mixer. It provides several third-party plugins, enabling photographers to add multiple file formats and image filters to the software. Illustrators can utilize a suite of painting tools such as brush, pencil, clone, airbrush, and blend, among others to create artworks and designs according to individual requirements.

GIMP supports various file formats such as GIF, PDF, JPEG, SVG, and BMP and lets designers load or save files from remote locations using FTP, HTTP, SMB, and SFTP protocols. Businesses can utilize the storage space by saving documents with archived file extensions such as ZIP or GZ.

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GIMP reviews

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Josip Lacković

Great Free alternative for Adobe Photoshop

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-07-18
Review Source: Capterra

With Gimp I am creating weekly flyers with products from our company. We can save an enormous amount of money by doing this by ourselves and not some external design company.

Pros
Gimp is an open-source image manipulation program what means it is absolutely free to use. Also, you will receive regular updates which add new features and fixes bugs including security issues. It has all the abilities that for example Adobe Photoshop and other commercial programs have. It can offer even more because it is easily extensible and flexible for every environment with lots of great community plugins and scripts.

Cons
The user interface of Gimp is not the most beautiful one but its function is very good. It has a lot of menus and submenus so for beginners it may be a little harder to achieve some more complex operations such as retouch of a face or double exposure. Also, compatibility with Adobe file formats exists but don't except that it works perfectly. Most of the time it works flawlessly if you are opening the document from older versions of Photoshop because newer version needs some updating and updates occur approximately every 2 months which is still faster than what Adobe is doing with their Photoshop.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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John Witham

Top quality free Adobe Photoshop substitute

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-30
Review Source: Capterra

It's fairly easy to use if you've used and are familiar with Photoshop and the like. We use it for all of our image and graphic manipulation. It's fast, easy and free. For our needs I could never justify paying several hundreds of dollars for Photoshop (industry leader or not).

Pros
Gimp can do almost everything that Photoshop can do for free. I'm not much of a power user but it's amazing what it can do. I often look for features to use just because I can and because the visual effects can be so interesting. It has really evolved over the years with features and improvements in ease of use. With the last update to v2 it runs much faster on Windows 10 and is more efficient with computer resources than it ever used to be.

Cons
Being an open source application means that bug fixes and updates come slower than they would from a for-profit company (like Adobe). But since it's free, who really cares? For a small business like ours it's perfect and it does everything we need to (and more).

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Ethan Sugden

Powerful Free Alternative to Adobe Suite

Used occasionally for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-05-27
Review Source: Capterra

When it comes down to cost there is no better option than GIMP. I switched from creative cloud as for my use it does not make sense to have the costly monthly outlay. Once you've got used to it, the tool is very powerful and a genuine alternative.

Pros
Given that it's free, GIMP offers so much value for money when compared to alternatives such as Adobe Photoshop, which costs add up for after you have subscribed for a number of months. There is a lot of power and fuctionality, with all the abilities of Photoshop - as it is open source you can also download loads of extensions from the community to make it even better.

Cons
The user interface and overall ease of use is pretty low - even moving from Photoshop it is somewhat counter-intuitive to use and the general design is a little outdated. It certainly feels like a graphic software that has been created by computer developers, rather than designers, so if you don't know how to do thigs you sometimes need to think like a developer.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Kevin Farley

Capable program with difficult UI

Used monthly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-03-14
Review Source: Capterra

If you can outlast the steep learning curve, it can save you a lot of money, not having to "subscribe" to competing commercial alternatives. While it can be aggravating getting up to speed, in the end it is worth the effort. It might be worth looking into the available "photshop" skin to help with the transition.

Pros
The Gimp has most features you would expect from an Illustrator and/or Photoshop replacement, including support for plugins. It's a very capable replacement. We also appreciate that it's free and open source, with a good community there to help with the inevitable issues you'll face during the learning curve.

Cons
There is a VERY steep learning curve. The UI, iconography, tool locations, methods, etc. are all different from what you are likely used to in commercial products. It feels like a graphics app designed by developers without the input of regular graphics apps users.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Christopher Hartz

Using Gimp in Place of other Software

Used monthly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-03-16
Review Source: Capterra

This software is simple and great for the entry-level artist. The artist will have to get a feel for the tools and experiment/ practice to learn what they do. This software works very well for the new artist so that they do not have to spend a fortune on higher-end software such as the Adobe Creative Cloud. The software is also limited so at one point the user will have to upgrade to finish certain projects.

Pros
Gimp is a great entry-level software for users that are just getting into things like photo-editing and photo manipulation. It has multiple tools that the user needs to edit photos. For example, a user can use this software to color correct a photograph. If a user wants to get into photo-editing but doesn't want to spend the money to use higher-end software, this is a great place to start.

Cons
One con is that it doesn't have the exact same tools as a software such a photoshop. There also would a learning curve when switching to a higher-end software because even though a lot of the tools do the same things, they'll have different icons and different placements. The user is also limited to what they can exactly do. The software is designed to do basic tasks.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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GIMP pricing

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GIMP is an open-source software. It is available for free.

GIMP features

API
Customizable Templates
Template Management

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Drag & Drop Interface (113 other apps)
Electronic Payments (95 other apps)
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Social Media Integration (84 other apps)
Third Party Integration (166 other apps)
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Additional information for GIMP

Key features of GIMP

  • Filtering
  • Image Editor
  • Templates
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