GIMP, the free alternative to Photoshop, has recently been updated and significantly improved.
For example, one of the aspects of the program many disliked was the fact it always used multiple, separate windows – i.e. one for the tool bar, one for the layers table, and yet another for the image you were working on. The new GIMP let’s you put all of this in one integrated window, a la Photoshop.
Power users, who use multiple montors, and LIKE to have separate windows for each function, can still do that. In fact, they can now dock multiple function dialogs into a single window! So, you have the best of both worlds.
Other great improvements: You can now create layer groups. The text tool is now “On-Canvas”, so what you see is what you get as you work with text. Scaling now supports math, so you can add, subtract, multiply and divide size data right in the size entry widget, and GIMP does the math for you!
If you use the Mac, you can get the new GIMP here.
For Windows, go here.
If you use Linux, you may well already have the new GIMP, or will get it soon as an automatic update. If you don’t have it on your machine, just ask your flavor of Linux to get it for you.
To learn all about GIMP go here.
If you want to learn GIMP’s latest version in depth, you might try
The Artist’s Guide to GIMP, Second Edition
- By: Michael J. Hammel
- Publisher: No Starch Press
- Pub. Date: June 18, 2012
- Print ISBN-13: 978-1-59327-414-6
- Pages in Print Edition: 320
- It’s not cheap ($31.95 for ebook, $39.95 for print) but it’s extremely good. Also, if you belong to Peachpit’s Creative Edge subscription service, it’s available to read on-line for no additional charge.Creative Edge is $19.95 a month, and has scads of books and videos on-line that can teach you just about anything regarding computers, graphics, etc. You can learn more here.