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Gimp – The free Photoshop

Every artist needs their paint brushes right? Now, imagine if there was only 1 store in the world that sold paintbrushes, and they cost $999 each.

Thats how it is now for Digital Artists and Graphic Designers. For those artists, their tool of choice is Adobe Photoshop; the standard application for photo manipulation and design. It costs $999 for the latest version :)

That is outrageous! The price alone is enough to stop future Piccassos from delving into graphic design.

Fortunately, other people feel the same way; and some have banded together to create an alternative graphics program. GIMP is the result of this effort. GIMP is now an extremely robust competitor to Adobe Photoshop; and it’s completely free.

GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. GIMP has a long history. It was started way back in 1995 by Spencer Kimball and Peter Mattis. This long development time has produced a mature graphics suite that can handle almost everything Adobe Photoshop does.

GIMP has layers, filters, brushes, selection tools and masking tools. GIMP can even read native PSD files from Photoshop.

GIMP can even help you make your photos better. GIMP has a ton of filters and distortion effects that can help you improve how your phtographcs look. Check out this before and after example.

All in all, GIMP is a great, free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. You may not get exactly all the features that are available in Photoshop; but you get to pocket your $999.

I recommend you try GIMP first, before you lay down the cash for Photoshop. GIMP is free, so it doesnt hurt to try it out. You may be surprised at what GIMP offers. Download GIMP free here.

Happy downloading.

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