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GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

Open-source and on-premise image manipulation software

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GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) product overview

What is GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)?

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.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

Email/Help Desk
Knowledge Base

Training options

Not Offered
Videos

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) pricing information

Value for money

4.8

/5

2.4K

Price starts from

Free

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
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GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) features

Functionality

4.3

/5

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Most valued features by users

API
Search/Filter
Design Management
Pattern, Color & Art Storage
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Image Editing
Design Templates

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GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) users reviews

Overall rating

4.4

/5

2.4K

Positive reviews

89%

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Rating breakdown
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  • Likelihood to recommend8.39/10
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Pros
I love the variety of features it offers. It allows you to create your ideas with ease and have them look clean and professional.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

As I've gotten to know it, I have come to appreciate it. It's a great program and a great price.

MS

Marc S.

You can have it 100% for free. It's the best solution in linux environments, and it can help with most of the basic photo editing stuff.

Yaco L.

Cons
The program is starting to get old, and we can see it. Just by starting it, it lags behind, but it could be worse.

LP

Leon P.

What I don't like is the lack of integration with other programs on the market, which can delay the workflow during the day.

Thiago A.

The internal window handling is not very clear for me, I have to activate the single window mode because otherwise the usability is very poor. The problem is this option is not enabled by default.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

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Overall Rating

Great Graphic Manipulation

Reviewed a year ago

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David W.: I'm David, I'm a systems administrator in a church and I'd give Gimp a four out of five. We...

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Overall Rating

Great alternative to photoshop

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Steven D.: My name is Steven. I'm a pastor, and I rank GIMP a four out of five stars. For more reviews,...

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great Free alternative for Adobe Photoshop

Reviewed 2 years ago

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 recommend8/10

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Great image editing software for free but with learning curve.

Reviewed 2 months ago

GIMP is by far the most comprehensive free image editing software with a large user community that is willing to help and so many features that it could take a long time to learn it well.

Pros

The best thing first is that it is open source and free. If you can do it with photoshop you can probably do it with GIMP. They update quite often and add a lot to it. There is a big user base so there are all kinds of videos online to get help.

Cons

I hadn't used much photo software but need it sometimes in web design and I am definitely not fantastic with it. Like Photoshop there are so many things you can do with it that the learning curve can be quite large. It also has a funk way to export to regular type images though easy when you know what you are doing.

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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A Great Starter Program for Anyone Wanting to Learn Graphic Design Since It's Free

Reviewed 2 months ago

I really appreciated that Gimp was a free software program to get my teeth cut on before taking the dive to purchase the Adobe Cloud. I would recommend Gimp to anyone on a budget that's wanting to get their feet wet in the design field.

Pros

What did I like most about Gimp? The cost! We were recommended Gimp by an IT friend as a free alternative to Photoshop. Before I decided to go with the Adobe Cloud, my budget could only allow for Gimp. I appreciated that there was software with some of the capabilities of Photoshop for free. The layout/interface is similar to Photoshop and many of the sidebar tools are similar to Photoshop. I recommend Gimp for anyone who doesn't have the budget for the Adobe Cloud but wants to learn graphic design.

Cons

What would take a couple of simple steps in Photoshop takes multiple more steps in Gimp. On the upside, there are quite a bit of video tutorials to walk you through these multiple steps of Gimp on Youtube, but when you compare the process to Photoshop, it's time-consuming and it can be frustrating to a newbie. I'll give you a for instance, a book mockup will take about a minute on Photoshop either...

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Free and Open Source Photoshop Alternative

Reviewed 3 months ago

From large outdoor displays to business cards and websites layouts, GIMP has got us covered here at the studio. It is our go to application for graphics manipulation and everytime we need to edit or create an image from scratch, this is where we go for.

Pros

The ease of use and installation make GIMP a no brainer for a small design studio like ours. It is very similar to the Adobe Photoshop Suite, lacking some resources but still very strong for daily tasks.

Cons

The lack of resources would be the most negative part, but there are many workarounds combining other free softwares like Krita and Inkscape that make it well worth a try. The investment is time to learn and get comfortable at using it.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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For the Right Use Cases, GIMP Is A No Brainer

Reviewed 3 months ago

If you want to do graphic design, I'd suggest you perhaps look elsewhere. But if what you want is image manipulation, then GIMP is the absolute best bang-for-buck you can find. There's tons of online documentation and tutorials on YouTube as well, which makes it easy to transition. Just don't expect it to be a 1:1 translation between your Photoshop workflow and GIMP.

Pros

The fact that you can get such a great alternative to Photoshop for free still boggles the mind. Sure, there are limitations, but not nearly as many as you'd think. In particular, the image manipulation side of GIMP is so strong, and the user interface so similar to that of Photoshop, that I cannot figure out why more people haven't migrated to GIMP. It's free!

Cons

If you want to use GIMP for graphic design, the story is a bit different. Photoshop has made the leap very successfully, but there are glaring omissions in GIMP which make it fall behind. The lack of smart objects is one. Another one is the sub-standard vector graphics toolset. And finally, a lack of templates to start from makes it fall short when compared to newcomers like Canva.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) FAQs and common questions

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) has the following pricing plans:
Pricing model: Free


GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) supports the following languages:
English


Yes, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) has an API available for use.


GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) offers the following support options:
Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base

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