GIMP 2.9.8 Dev Review

GIMP is a very powerful graphic design and photo editing program. It includes all of the tools needed for the creation of designs as well as all filters to correct and improve a normal photograph. GIMP can be used by users of various levels like a paint program, an advanced photo editing program, a batch processing system, a format converter, etc. The Gimp now has a new interface, a mode more quickly accessible controls and display in a single window. Module organization of layers also facilitates the implementation and the creation of complex compositions.

• Know the software?
The Gimp is always considered as the best alternative for Photoshop. Like Apache OpenOffice or Mozilla Firefox, The Gimp is available on multiple platforms from Linux to Windows from Mac OS X or other variants of Unix. Nevertheless, being derived from the Unix world, although version 2 brought many improvements, what strikes to start the novice Windows user is the complexity of the interface and the multiplication of the windows in the task-bar.

• The tools and features
The number of tools, brushes and filters is awesome and does not disorient users of Photoshop but their disposal may put off somewhat. With a little practice, everything goes in the order but you have to admit that this is not a model of ergonomics. On the other hand, without being quite to the level of Photoshop, including for the management of the printing colors, The Gimp plays almost in the court of the great and will satisfy most needs of basic or more complex retouching.

• Painting
– Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone, etc.
– Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high quality anti-aliasing
– Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool
– Supports custom brushes and patterns

• System
– Tile based memory management so image size is limited only by available disk space
– Virtually unlimited number of images open at one time



  • Very complex and detailed
  • Lean program
  • Free


  • Requires a desire to learn
  • No 16-bit per channel color support.