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06/07/2006 05:41:34 PM · #1
Hi,

I don't have photoshop and have heard that GIMP has a lot of the same functions. I was wondering what people in DPC suggest. Which is better to use? GIMP is freeware - so obviously that's a major advantage :) ..

Do people in DPC use GIMP at all?

Help, please?

Thanks,
Swapna
06/07/2006 05:47:00 PM · #2
Yes, gimp is free and i think people here use it...

personally i think photoshop has a easier user interface..

but all in all i beleive they are pretty much the same (totally unsure though)

-Dan
06/07/2006 05:53:53 PM · #3
GIMP is an excellent piece of software. Definitely worth its price :-)

Two of very few drawbacks are no adjustment layers and really sucky dodge/burn tools. Both of those can be worked around.

The interface isn't all that hard at all. And, if you've ever used Photoshop, it's quite easy to get around.
06/07/2006 06:12:40 PM · #4
Are there any kind of tutorials on how to use GIMP?
06/07/2006 06:15:59 PM · #5
GIMP is definitely pretty powerful; I have it on my work laptop since I don't have a copy of PS for that machine. I'd never *choose* to use GIMP over Photoshop CS2, but as a free editor, GIMP is a pretty nice tool.
I do think the interface is more than a little clunky, but that in part stems from my Photoshop-centric point of view... I've been using Photoshop almost exclusively for years.
06/07/2006 06:21:51 PM · #6
Yes, the GIMP is a very nice piece of software. It is very powerful, but its power (as in Photoshop) only becomes aparent after a fair bit of practice.

As for tutorials, found this after 20 secs of googling.

Good luck!
06/07/2006 06:30:45 PM · #7
Originally posted by pacpinto:

Yes, the GIMP is a very nice piece of software. It is very powerful, but its power (as in Photoshop) only becomes aparent after a fair bit of practice.

As for tutorials, found this after 20 secs of googling.

Good luck!


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06/07/2006 06:49:26 PM · #8
I've been using Gimp, and find it works quite well for the basic editing I do, but I'm still very new to this. I'm sure I'll pay for photoshop sometime down the road, once I'm sure that I'll be sticking with this hobby for a while.
06/07/2006 07:06:19 PM · #9
Personally, I love the GIMP. It's quite easy to use, and while it may not have adjustment layers yet, they are constantly putting out free upgrades with more and better stuff.
06/07/2006 07:09:02 PM · #10
GIMP works fine for me. I downloaded PS trial and used it for one month and I don't afford it so I tried GIMP after someone pointed it out to me that it is free.
Only thing is when you are used to use the Burning feature in PS this is kinda poor in GIMP. However I have found a way to use this feature so this is ok for me.
06/07/2006 07:12:39 PM · #11
The best way to get by the burn/dodge inefficiencies is to create a blank layer, switch its blending mode to soft light and then paint on it with black to burn and white to dodge. You can change the transparency of the brush and/or layer to adjust the amount of dodge/burn effect.

Consequently this works better than the dodge/burn tool in photoshop too.

Edit: danr typos.

Message edited by author 2006-06-07 19:21:36.
06/07/2006 07:18:29 PM · #12
ooo - thanks for that tip! gonna have to try that out...
06/07/2006 07:36:28 PM · #13
How do you switch blending mode?
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

The best way to get by the burn/dodge inefficiencies is to create a blank layer, switch its blending mode to soft light and then paint on it with black to burn and white to dodge. You can change the transparency of the brush and/or layer to adjust the amount of dodge/burn effect.

Consequently this works better than the dodge/burn tool in photoshop too.

Edit: danr typos.
06/07/2006 07:41:08 PM · #14
Originally posted by Gunnsi:

How do you switch blending mode?
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

The best way to get by the burn/dodge inefficiencies is to create a blank layer, switch its blending mode to soft light and then paint on it with black to burn and white to dodge. You can change the transparency of the brush and/or layer to adjust the amount of dodge/burn effect.

Consequently this works better than the dodge/burn tool in photoshop too.

Edit: danr typos.


When you're working with a photo, go to the menu bar to Dialogs -> Layers and it will open a layer dialog box. At the top of the layers box on the left side it says Layers, then under that it says Mode: and there's a drop-down menu box. That's where you change the blending mode.
06/07/2006 07:43:17 PM · #15
Thanks! It works :-)
Originally posted by saracat:

Originally posted by Gunnsi:

How do you switch blending mode?
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

The best way to get by the burn/dodge inefficiencies is to create a blank layer, switch its blending mode to soft light and then paint on it with black to burn and white to dodge. You can change the transparency of the brush and/or layer to adjust the amount of dodge/burn effect.

Consequently this works better than the dodge/burn tool in photoshop too.

Edit: danr typos.


When you're working with a photo, go to the menu bar to Dialogs -> Layers and it will open a layer dialog box. At the top of the layers box on the left side it says Layers, then under that it says Mode: and there's a drop-down menu box. That's where you change the blending mode.
06/07/2006 07:44:57 PM · #16
:)
Glad I could help.

06/07/2006 08:12:06 PM · #17
Hmmmm.
I was trying this and it worked but.....
I didn't notice until afterwards that I had the wrong layer selected.
When I select the layer I made nothing happens but when I use the background layer this works. So why did I make the blank layer?
06/07/2006 09:53:37 PM · #18
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Two of very few drawbacks are no adjustment layers and really sucky dodge/burn tools. Both of those can be worked around.

Leroy, I'm interested on the part about working-around the sucky dodge and burn tools. I like GIMP for everything else except the sucky dodge and burn brushes! How do you fix that? Thanks
06/08/2006 12:25:43 AM · #19
Wow... Thanks for all the replies. I do use GIMP for basic editing but I have to read the tutorials for advanced editing. :)
06/08/2006 12:28:09 AM · #20
Originally posted by crayon:

Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Two of very few drawbacks are no adjustment layers and really sucky dodge/burn tools. Both of those can be worked around.

Leroy, I'm interested on the part about working-around the sucky dodge and burn tools. I like GIMP for everything else except the sucky dodge and burn brushes! How do you fix that? Thanks


You might have missed the post, here it is again:

The best way to get by the burn/dodge inefficiencies is to create a blank layer, switch its blending mode to soft light and then paint on it with black to burn and white to dodge. You can change the transparency of the brush and/or layer to adjust the amount of dodge/burn effect.

Consequently this works better than the dodge/burn tool in photoshop too.
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