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Thread: Get learning GIMP!

  1. #1
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: Formby, NW England

    Get learning GIMP!

    GIMP is a free graphics program and it's quite powerful, and there are many plugins. It can deal with loads of image formats.

    Some time ago I decided to see if I could use GIMP instead of PSP, the idea being that if I couldn't achieve some effect in GIMP, I'd do it in PSP. I never had to use PSP. GIMP's interface is a bit odd at first but you get used to it, and you can customise it.

    So if you want to edit images and don't want to spend money on PSP or Photoshop, get learning GIMP!

  2. #2
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: College Place, WA
    I wholeheartedly support the use of gimp. It's what I used for creating textures and skins for my missions. It' incredible powerful, and free.

  3. #3
    Distant Quasar
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: New Phlan
    Agreed. I have never had to go back to PSP since making the switch. Plus, no bugs or crashes like I dealt with in PSP. There's no better feeling than being able to "flip the bird" to software slaughterhouses like Corel.
    - eep!

  4. #4
    Master Builder 2018
    Registered: Jul 2008
    I use GIMP all the time. I much prefer Photoshop but GIMP is fine for most things.

  5. #5
    Registered: Oct 2007
    Location: Angelwatch
    I use GIMP under OS X, but under Winodws I prefer Paint Shop Pro. I'd use PSP under OS X, too, if it was natively compatible.

  6. #6
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: Formby, NW England

    I thought this thread has more replies, but anyway, an update after 9 years.

    We can control sliders (e.g. brightness and contrast) with click and drag. There are two ways: fine control but only for a small range of values, or coarse control but over the full range. The cursor shows us which one we'll get (double left-right arrows for the former, single up arrow for the latter). For years I thought there was either no pattern (or an obscure one) to knowing which one we'd get, but only recently I spotted how to go it properly:
    See the last image on this page:

    Put the cursor in the top half of the slider for full-range control, and in the bottom half for fine control.

  7. #7
    Registered: May 2002
    Location: Texas
    Would you recommend Gimp over irfanview? I've used both irfanview and an old version of psp because each one had a feature that the other didn't have.

  8. #8
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: Formby, NW England
    They're two very different programs. Gimp is more like an alternative to PSP, Photoshop and other 'drawing' programs. I.e. it has brushes, layers, paths for drawing, etc.

  9. #9
    Registered: May 2002
    Location: Texas
    Ok I'll have to download it tonight. I still need to retire my psp 3.0

  10. #10
    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: ZylonBane
    WTF, you should be using PSP 7. Version 3 doesn't even support layers!

  11. #11
    Registered: May 2002
    Location: Texas
    Yeah but 3.0 was free. I thought about getting the latest version a few years ago but the psp I had plus irfanview did everything I needed them to do.

  12. #12
    Registered: Sep 1999
    Location: Austin, TX
    ya gots to have layers though, back to GIMP with ye!

  13. #13
    Registered: May 2002
    Location: Texas
    I used filters on Photoshop years ago but I don't have it abymore. Irfanview has a minimal set of drawing tools but not nearly as much as psp or Photoshop.

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