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Anyone use GIMP?
I am probably going to get the new EOS XSI depending on Phil's review here but I want something nice to retouch, noise reduction, white balance, cropping, etc, without spending 700 bucks on PS. An IT guy at work mentioned this and said it's open source and does a lot of nice things for free and might worth a try. Anyone here use it? Like or dislike it?.

My wife is barely on board with the XSI and new 55-250 lens, telling her this would be free I can spin into a selling point. .

I'm just a P&S guy, please forgive me... i'm trying to learn. ..

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While I have used the GIMP consistently and constantly for the past decade, I have to say that it's a bit behind the curve compared to the obvious major corporate products. Most of the core features are roughly the same. Many new features which I don't really need have been added to the expensive applications. The key limitation for me is that the GIMP team has promised some support for HDR or 16bit/channel support for years, but it's still a ways off. Thus, all editing is stuck in 8bit/channel..

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Comment #1

Well you know alot more about this then me, but would it work for basic things for an XSI or D80? I just want to remove noise, adjust white balance if I use Raw and things like that. Would it be ok for that do you think?.

I'm just a P&S guy, please forgive me... i'm trying to learn. ..

Comment #2

I tried using GIMP and found the learning curve to be much steeper than I cared for. I spent 70 bucks on OEM versions of Photoshop Elements 5 and Paint Shop Pro Photo XI (35 bucks each) and have been much happier..

Both programs now have newer versions out but I don't know if they're available as OEM programs yet. The OEM versions are complete programs with all registration benefits...

Comment #3

Spyder531 wrote:.

I just want to remove noise, adjustwhite balance if I use Raw and things like that. Would it be ok forthat do you think?.

Why not try Rawtherapee?http://www.rawtherapee.com/].

It's free although donations are appreciated and is very good. Note, from the forum, that v2.3 is arriving shortly but the existing v2.2 is very capable. It also handles Jpegs and Tiffs as well as a number of Raw formats...

Comment #4

PS Elements is cheap and decent. It doesn't do everything CS3 does but for under $100 it's worth it. GIMP is cheaper, and I use it a little but I prefer using Elements...

Comment #5

Can you give me a quick run down of what I could do with Elements?I'm just a P&S guy, please forgive me... i'm trying to learn. ..

Comment #6

You should be able to find comparisons between Elements and Photoshop on Adobe's website:http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopelwin/.

Also don't forget Paint Shop Pro:.

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Comment #7

Spyder531 wrote:.

I am probably going to get the new EOS XSI depending on Phil's reviewhere but I want something nice to retouch, noise reduction, whitebalance, cropping, etc, without spending 700 bucks on PS. An IT guyat work mentioned this and said it's open source and does a lot ofnice things for free and might worth a try. Anyone here use it? Likeor dislike it?.

My wife is barely on board with the XSI and new 55-250 lens, tellingher this would be free I can spin into a selling point. .

I'm just a P&S guy, please forgive me... i'm trying to learn. .

Gimp is a very usable photo editor. It doesn't have all the features of photoshop but more than photoshop elements. As someone else pointed out Gimp currently works with 8 bits per color channel instead of 16. This isn't as much of a problem as it sounds. Most of the time you need more bits is when making large changes such as exposure or white balance. You can do that in a raw converter program at 16 bits before you make the smaller changes in Gimp.



You'll need a camera that can save files in raw format, a raw converter, and Gimp. This is all possible running the Linux operating system. One of the best Linux distributions for new users is Ubuntu. You can download a bootable cd and test drive it without installing anything on your harddrive. If you like it, it gives you the option to install. Gimp itself and a raw converter named Ufraw are available to install in Ubuntu with the click of a few buttons..

Download an Ubuntu live cd and give it a try, it couldn't hurt..

Ubuntu:http://www.ubuntu.com/.

Gimp:http://www.gimp.org/.

Ufraw:http://ufraw.sourceforge.net/index.html.

A nice Gimp tutorial site:http://www.gimpguru.org/..

Comment #8

I've tried GIMP several times on my Linux boxes but find it a little clutzy for me. I suppose I'm so used to Photoshop..

IMO, you should get the latest Photoshop Elements for around $85. It's got the latest RAW converter and does 90% of what Photoshop can do..

Moreover, if you decide later to get the real thing, it won't be so much of a learning curve to move from Photoshop Elements to Photoshop CS3 or whatever...

Comment #9

Got some nice features, but I didn't care for it's user interface all that much..

For a free Editor, I think Serif's PhotoPlus 6, is hard to beat..

Http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/default.asp.

Not as full featured, of course, but it is a Photoshop workalike with a UI very similar to PS. Close enough that a reasonably intelligent person can use photoshop tutorials to learn with. It was my first editor and it served me well until I was ready to move on..

Hard to beat the price!.

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Comment #10

I and my family use Gimp regularly under Linux (we don't use Windows anymore, or any Microsoft software for that matter), and have found it plenty powerful for our various photo editiing needs...

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