GIMP Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

GIMP

Open-source and on-premise image manipulation software

4.39/5 (2,105 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.
www.gimp.org

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Supported languages

English
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GIMP user 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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George Stuart Adamson

A strong contender for Photoshop's crown

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-11-20
Review Source: Capterra

Great for the image editing and manipulation that I need on a day to day basis. As it is free, it is therefore ideal for my needs. Photoshop is fantastic, but for what i need GIMP does this and costs me nothing, so its a no brainer

Pros
Its free, it has great functionality and it provides the same powerful image tools that photoshop provides, but with the added benefit that GIMP is free.... did i mention its free?

Cons
Not quite as intuitive as Photoshop, however this is probably just a knockon effect from using photoshop predominatly and then moving to GIMP. They both work in very similar ways, but the execution requires a slightly different approach, so if you have been using photoshop, there will be a bit of a learning curve.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Jordan Benzon

A Quick Tool for Free Editing

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-08-07
Review Source: Capterra

I love the fact that it is free, and I do recommend it as a free alternative to Photoshop. Especially to those individuals who are new to photo editing, and don't want to spend any money. My overall experience is good, but blotched with frustrations due to the poor GUI layout. There are a handful of file formats that it can convert to that photoshop cannot, so I will often import my work from photoshop and use it to export it to my desired file type.

Pros
For most everyone in the photography world, GIMP is an obvious go to for free editing software. For a long time, before Adobe had created the cloud, it was the only real affordable way to edit images. The universal OS deployment is also a huge plus! With adobe you're stuck with windows or Mac, but with Gimp you can use it on a linux machine! This in itself is why GIMP is still in the running and consideration for a Photoshop alternative photo editing software.

Cons
The first and most obvious is the strange and un-user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI). The GUI tends to be spread out, and it has no background window frame, so your windows desktop peeks through around all of the edges. To me this is a huge con, because as I am editing I want a high contrast single color background that doesn't distract me from my work. Some may say, then make your desktop background black, and yes this is an alternative, but it is an unnecessary step, that the software engineers and developers can easily remedy.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Abhishek Thapliyal

Best alternative for photoshop

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-09-21
Review Source: Capterra

It is perfect for me. Photoshop is very costly for me. Usually for my game development I use inkscape but for altering the output image , now I use gimp and experience is fine enough. I will surely recommend it to others

Pros
The best part which I love about it is that it is open source software. It gives a very good satisfaction and gives a way for other also to improve it. The other best part which I love about it is its price(FREE) . This removes the barrier for many newbies. Other than that the features which I really appreciate about it is frequent update cycles,huge community and options of adding plugins and scripts ( many users donate it for free for other users)

Cons
1.) UI in my opinion is quite old fashioned. 2.) It takes more clicks to achieve the same goal as compared to other rivals like Photoshop 3.) It's compatibility with other software is not so smooth ( this experience may differ from user to user) 4.) It had been quite a time since it was released but still it has failed to make an impact on commercial space ( take the example of blender:- it has acquired attention of many big players in the market) 5.) Performance ( bigger files):- I have noticed that photoshop is much more better in managing bigger project as compared to gimp (not a huge difference but still)

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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GIMP pricing

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Free
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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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Additional information for GIMP

Key features of GIMP

  • Filtering
  • Image Editor
  • Templates
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