GIMP Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

GIMP

Graphic Design software

4.38/5 (1,908 reviews)

GIMP overview

Pricing

Pricing options
Free
Value for money

Devices

Web-based

Markets

United States

Support options

Phone Support
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GIMP reviews

Excellent
983
Very good
714
Average
179
Poor
24
Terrible
8
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Luis Ignacio Cárdenas

The most complete emerging program for graphic design.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-04-23
Review Source: Capterra

One of the greatest benefits that I have received is having a program that works very well in the main operating systems of the market, which has helped me a lot when meeting requirements in work meetings, in which clients ask me specific improvements in my designs. Another beneficial element for me, and for the companies in which I have been working, is the economic savings, the money is invested in operational improvements, which translates into better service for customers and a better quality of life for workers who can perceive significant improvements.

Pros
I like to have a high-quality program completely free, that has helped me a lot to invest in equipment that I need for my work. Similar programs, such as Photoshop, offer the same thing but the issue of licensing restrains any graphic design entrepreneur who seeks to work. Another aspect that I like very much is that I have the support of a large community, that of free software, which gives me a lot of peace of mind when I do not know any steps at the moment of designing. Many do not know but have a training platform that even certifies your participation, which gives you the advantage to improve your curriculum. Also, its constant updating has allowed me to diversify the formats with which I can work, I have not found any aspect that I can not achieve with Gimp, I am very satisfied with everything it offers me.

Cons
Over the years improve all applications that are contained, I have not found negative aspects that warrant my opinion. On the contrary, I am very happy to have software that cares about its users and does not limit its use with expensive licenses. With great care and respect, I believe it is one of the best options in the market for graphic design workers.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Keith Valdez

GIMP is great, if you know what your doing.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-11-28
Review Source: Capterra

Fantastic but it's a complicated software for the uninitiated.

Pros
This is a very robust and useful image editing software akin to Adobe's Photoshop suite. It's quite useful and features a ton of the same or similar tools you'll find in the aforementioned suite, with one exception. GIMP IS COMPLETELY FREE TO USE! It's fantastic and nearly as good as Photoshop in every way. In fact, you can find many Photoshop tutorials online and the same exact steps will apply to GIMP to get the same end result for any effects your trying to create!

Cons
Photoshop isn't the easiest software to teach yourself, you have to be extremely tech savvy to accomplish such a feat. The same applies to GIMP. If you don't already know how to use Photoshop going into GIMP, you better read up on how to use the software or get some one and one training (or even take a college class or something). If you don't, you'll be lost in trying to use the software to edit images. There's always YouTube tutorials these days.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Michael Howard

Great tool for non-profits and low budget projects.

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-01-02
Review Source: Capterra

It is a great piece of software that has never let me down. Never had it crash on me yet which is not very common with free software.

Pros
The number 1 thing is price. Churches In need of graphic design and have a low budget will find that Gimp does very well compared to Photoshop. It has the tools to do the small logos for letter heads to large projects like banners and posters.

Cons
There is a learning curve with Gimp but given enough time you learn it like any other software. As for plug-ins It has a bunch but would like to see more or a easier way to add them.

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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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Anonymous

best alternative to photoshop

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-03-14
Review Source: Capterra

I have cherished Gimp and been utilizing it for well more than 4 years currently, dependably had the capacity to achieve what I've endeavored to do. Much obliged to you Gimp group for making my life simpler, you folks are astounding!

Pros
The positive viewpoint that emerges from Gimp is that it is an extremely light software that does not possess much space in the memory of our group. Likewise, it is free and has a place with the group of free software. It offers extremely great work instruments that permit to grow professional designs. It is valuable and in the meantime fun.

Cons
GIMP may have a few confinements contrasted with Photoshop. In any case, I trust that this program offers the privilege for nothing. I might want it to improve a little the determination by shading since once in a while it isn't so exact.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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christophere Lively

A comperable but effective alternative to photoshop

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-11-29
Review Source: Capterra

My experience was veryhelpful and convenient there was a time when I was doing a lot of graphics for bands and more specifically albumn design and band pictures and during this time there was a small period of time I could not afford photoshop and gimp got me through that. I was able to still clean up and create very clean professional looking images that in the end my clients were also happy. Thank you gimp you have very clean and sound operating software

Pros
This software is powerful but compact. It is fair to say there is few things this cant dobl that photoshop can. If you are a beginner this is fairly easy to learn whether you are trying to clean up photos or trying to input yourself into a picture of you and our founding fathers signing the declaration of independence. It still a layer based photo editing software. The layout is also very similar to photoshop. The operations within the software are also very similar to photoshop I believe the ultimate goal was to give its users a powerful software that was cost effective but capable of anything any other editing software can do.

Cons
I really have nothing bad to say If I had ti say something I would have to say there options for conntact options for customer service could be better but other then that it's a very sound and smooth running software

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Hannah Scheffer

Excellent for editing and graphic design

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-01-10
Review Source: Capterra

Since I use GIMP I have had very good results, I use it for graphic design and editing of photos and images and it is excellent to have these free tools. The work team has other options but GIMP has been an easy option to use and more and more people are using it, it really offers ease of use and efficiency with respect to other similar programs where you have to spend more time working on the graphic design.

Pros
GIMP is very easy to use and has features and functions similar to more recognized software so people will not find major changes, GIMP is free and highly recommended to use so it has points in its favor, use it as a graphic design tool and Photo editing and the results are satisfactory, but it has more advanced functions that can be used at all times depending on the functions and work you have to do.

Cons
GIMP is very easy to use and the tools and functions it offers are good and it has full compatibility so it is not a problem for me, however the updates are few and not constant but it is understandable since it seems to be a small company with Little budget, but I am happy with the results obtained when I use this software so I have no complaints about GIMP, I just have to thank for this free way of working.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Ariel Shogren

Steep learning curve, but comprehensive features

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-12-03
Review Source: Capterra

I use GIMP regularly for both personal and business reasons and find it works well for my needs.

Pros
I have been using GIMP for many years, and lately I've been using its simplified vector feature ("Paths") constantly. Once you get the hang of the software you can easily edit images and even create some digital content. It has lots of export options so you can transition into actual vector software or other image editing software easily.

Cons
It has a pretty steep learning curve and isn't as intuitive as some paid software, and doesn't have some of the user-friendly, quick-edit options, but the rich variety of features make the learning curve worth it in my opinion. Its vectoring feature is a little clunky and I wish you could select and copy or delete multiple Path nodes at the same time.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Vinay Ghai

about UI Designing

Used daily for free trial
Reviewed 2019-12-14
Review Source: Capterra

first thing is we can use it for free to improve our skills in graphic designing and second thing that gimp should have to give some tutorials to use this software in start up very first time.

Pros
in the beginning of the graphic designing, you can start by this software. This helps to improve your skills. this is the very first option for the coming soon designer.

Cons
a little problem in this software that it is very difficult to use for a new person. very hard to find some tools like selection tool or hand tool.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Kacie Kapcar

Not bad for free

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-01-18
Review Source: Capterra

It’s great in a pinch for editing photos and it is free

Pros
Free. When short on money and you only need something for photoshop this is a decent alternative to adobe.

Cons
Not as many functions as adobe. Crashes a lot.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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GIMP pricing

Pricing options
Free

The application is available for free.

GIMP features

Additional information for GIMP

Key features of GIMP

  • Templates
  • Image Editor
  • Filtering