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Gimp vs photoshop? who wins?

asked Feb 15 '11 at 13:13

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You are comparing a professional commercial package to a opensource package. I believe I have expressed my views about open source software on this site before, but in short, open source and free does not make up for some of the crap that is out there. At times it is better to cough up the price for a commercial software.

With that said Gimp has its place, it is free for people who just dabble in it, but i don't think any professional will be caught dead using it. Believe it or not Photoshop is reasonably priced for the people they are targeting, professionals.

(Sep 08 '12 at 10:02) trueb trueb's gravatar image

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Photoshop offers more control while being easier to use since it's UI doesn't look like a horse had a seizure on top of a keyboard.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 13:29

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I have both PS, and GIMP, and I hear this a lot from a lot of people that ask me on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/mikethedj4), and yes PS has more stuff in store/inside it, and is more advanced, however you can do everything in Gimp as you can in PS, however it would take longer to do, and sometimes maybe harder to do.

When GIMP 2.8 is released you'll have a Cage Transformation Tool, Layer Groups, Improved Brush Dynampics, Single Window Mode, and more, you can head here (http://gimpusers.com/tutorials/gimp-2-8-new-features.html) to see an official preview of it on GimpUsers (http://gimpusers.com/) (Your best bet learning about GIMP's core), and you can also view GIMP's founders website (http://blog.mmiworks.net/2009/09/gimp-single-mode.html), on GIMP 2.8's updates aka Peter Sikking.

As being both a PS and GIMP user, you can do the same in each, sometimes you may need to get a script for GIMP for lets say inner shadows/glows, cause it's not implemented inside GIMP as a filter, unless you do it manually, and I feel that needs a big improvement as far as GIMP's development is concerned, however with the 2.8 development of the updates, and bugs that are getting improved, fixed, and added I feel that Gimp is now going into the right direction, however there's only 3 people (and now 2 interns) that are developing Gimp which is why the development, and releases take so long.

Now keep in mind that GIMP is also free, open source, and cross platform which makes it a big plus over PS, and yeah I know PS is cross platform, but it's only available for Mac, and Windows, while Gimp is available for Windows, Linux, Mac, Unix, Solaris, and Iris. However PS will always be on the top of the list due to it's popularity, advanced tools, and filters inside it, while Gimp maynot have some of them.

However PS CS5's Content Aware Fill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH0aEp1oDOI) was very big improvement for the PS team, however encase you guys didn't research the Resynthesizer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2gonFtc1yc) script for Gimp was out before Content Aware Fill was and it didn't really get noticed or any hype until users started searching, and finding it. (btw: you can get the Resynthesizer script here) (http://www.logarithmic.net/pfh/resynthesizer)

To be honest I'm really sick, and tired of hearing these debates, PS users saying their sh*t's better than GIMP's and GIMP users saying the same, they both, and pros, and cons, and they both can do the same things, and their both on the top of the list PS, is the top dog for designing, but when you're talking a free alternative to PS then GIMP is on the top of the list (Unless you're referring to SUMO Paint (http://sumopaint.com/) which is a great free web based alternative to PS) I can't say stop the debate, cause in my opinion people will debate on whatever they want, as long as they can get a discussion out of it, see what happens, or just defend what they like better. Perfect example Mac vs. Windows.

Also don't give me that crap that GIMP's just a lower class program than PS, or that it sucks. There's plenty of people that use GIMP that makes eye sores, just like there's plenty people that use PS that make eye sores. I'm sure we've all had out share of making a really ugly/terrible image/design. For example this (http://mikethedj4.deviantart.com/art/Call-of-Duty-4-Sig-96568576?q=gallery:mikethedj4/2803365&qo=66) forum sig I made back in 2008. However you can still make very good looking images, photo manipulations, etc: in Gimp just like you would in PS.

Here's some examples:
Unicorn Digital Painting (No Tablet - http://www.gimptalk.com/forum/unicorn-%E4%B8%A8-digital-painting--t50746.html-&hilit=horse)
Human Puppet Animation (By Me - http://mikethedj4.deviantart.com/art/Talking-Head-Animation-181473255?q=gallery:mikethedj4/2803365&qo=14)

Jasmo (http://jasmo.deviantart.com/) makes all her work in Gimp and is a tutorial poster on my Gimp tutorial site http://gimppimp.tk/)

Also two of my favorite Gimp digital painters Griatch (http://griatch-art.deviantart.com/), and Ramon (http://theshock.deviantart.com/) (Founder of GPS (http://code.google.com/p/gps-gimp-paint-studio/) aka Gimp Paint Studio) do all their digital paintings in Gimp (they also use MyPaint as well)

Art (http://fence-post.deviantart.com/) also uses Gimp as well, and used it to make this Cars like photo manipulation (http://fence-post.deviantart.com/art/Cars-and-Me-Ka-Chow-186658360?q=gallery:fence-post/19455&qo=0).

If you watch GimpKnowHow's (http://gimpknowhow.deviantart.com/) tutorials, you can see also how advanced Gimp can be, and what it's capable of as well.

Now I post Gimp tutorials on my YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/mikethedj4#p/c/A5C2484439C51BF2/42/Q8QH_-yvbI0), and here's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8QH_-yvbI0) another good example, where I create a rainbow spectrum in Gimp.

Now of course I can keep showing you more, and more great examples, however it goes to show you, not to believe in marketing hype, and make your own opinions yourself. Gimp's free, open source, cross platform, and if you don't like installers, you can get the portable version for it (Windows Only) here (http://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/gimp_portable), so you have no excuses why you can't give Gimp a try, also regarding PS, it's shareware so you can give PS a try for 30 days using the free trial and see which one you wanna use, what one you like better etc:

Everyone is different, PS maynot fit you, while Gimp may fit you, in my opinion it's easier to use, and navigate with Gimp than PS, others may disagree, as we are all different. So this is my end of this stupid debate.

Did any of you know, that Google’s original logo from back in 1999 was made in GIMP? - Source (http://web.archive.org/web/19990224043535/www.google.com/stickers.html)

answered Feb 15 '11 at 18:36

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edited Feb 16 '11 at 23:08

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(Feb 15 '11 at 19:45) Alekz Alekz's gravatar image

Thanks for the tip!

(Feb 17 '11 at 14:30) mikethedj4 mikethedj4's gravatar image

I always figure this comparison stupid too. These products may be similar but one is totally free and the other costs $700. It had better be good and better for that price y'know what i'm saying.

Although then I remember that the people who actually troll this argument are the same people that download it illegally anyway.

(Feb 17 '11 at 14:40) SignOff SignOff's gravatar image

Yeah I feel you on there. I just get really pissed everytime I hear this arguement and how PhotoShop users always pretty much demand that PS is better than Gimp, even though when you look at their art, it's so much of a laugh.

(Feb 19 '11 at 17:57) mikethedj4 mikethedj4's gravatar image

I've used both. Photoshop is superior but you pay big $$$ for its better user interface, features, extensions, and reliability. I edit large multi-layer images in Photoshop that Gimp can't handle. If you can figure out the UI and don't need all of the Photoshop features, then Gimp is fine. And the price is right.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 13:41

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I prefer Photoshop then Gimp since it has a much user friendly layout and offers more control while Gimp makes it hard for the user to use since its layout is not very intuitive which makes it hard for someone to use who is a beginner and/or not very experienced in photo editing. Though Photoshops has a completely out of proportion price Photoshop elements has nearly all and most important features that are in the full Photoshop and at a much more reasonable price.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 16:08

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Photoshop is definitely better than GIMP. For that kind of cash you get everything you need and more. GIMP is free but also hard to work with. I would also like to mention Aviary that is just in between Photoshop and GIMP. It's also free.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 16:14

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Um, Photoshop. Anything you pay that much money for had better be darn good - and extremely better than anything you get for free. Especially when you go into the cross-compatibility of all the other Adobe Softwares.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 18:01

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Photoshop is better, but unless you're a working professional (or looking to be one) who edits photos on a daily basis then the price is a bit too high.

Gimp isn't the only free Photoshop competitor, there's even several other free competitors out there as well like Sumo Paint.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 18:25

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I find Gimp a lot easier to use, but I mainly just use photoshop cause that's what happens to be on my computer.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 19:33

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Gimp, regular updates, free, and user friendly.

answered Feb 16 '11 at 23:38

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Gimp, regular updates, free, and user friendly.

answered Feb 16 '11 at 23:38

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