GIMP VS Photoshop
GIMP is a type of open photo editing and enhancing software which is available absolutely free and asserts to challenge Photoshop. Recently, GIMP 2.4 version was put on the same level in comparison to Photoshop extended. Its developers claim GIMP-Gnu Image Manipulation Program as apt as Photoshop is considered for the same job. Here, I shall examine the aspects of both the products and give an ongoing review which shall be updated with more news and review regarding the topic. For the review, Photoshop’s main menu, the Mimicking Object- Oriented Programming shall server as the basis for the organization of themes and subject. Apart from a brief outline, the review will be based on weeks of testing and analysis.
Never the less, while comparing the two products—Photoshop extended and GIMP, a number of similarities in the capacity and capability can be noted. For example, unlike the vector editing domain which many photo editing software today are based on, Photoshop and GIMP are more inclined towards raster image editing popularly known as the bitmap images. Although, both the software also support the vector paths and shapes, their basic purpose is to enhance the fundamental raster image.
As leading Photo editing and manipulation software, both the programs share a lot of basic commands and tools required for the purpose. These include:
- Capability to import/open a range of bitmap file formats which include PNG, JPG, GIF among others
- Both the software are apt to transform the image, crop and resize as per requirement.
- Simple retouching, colour and brightness adjustments as well as sharpness and other such corrections can be done.
- Correction to selective areas through selective masking can also be processed.
- A stack of layers supporting all vector, text, image etc. can be made and edited simultaneously to give the required result.
- Special effects and filters are a marked similarity between both the programs. These can be applied to multiple layers and text including the basic layer.
- These can supply the edited photo in multiple file formats and can produce output directly to printers and gallery as well.
These softwares allow everything from simple fixes to graphic paintings to portraits as well as produce multilayered compositions as well. However, with the recent addition of new features such as 3D image editing, Video animation painting and editing as well as medical or any other technical image measurement features which give Photoshop an upper hand over GIMP. In addition to all these benefits, Photoshop Extended has an excellent closely integrated organizer called Bridge which maintains all the images edited or even used in Photoshop editing. Such an organizer is not available in GIMP. Even the GUI of both the sofwares have major differences in them which can clealr be analyzed by the given screenshots. GIMP supports a Multiple Document Interface abbreviated as MDI. This feature allows independent usage of the available tools and dialog boxes of the interface. A few have been shown in the screenshots:
This feature gives total control of resizing any of the available tool boxes and even the image canvas as per requirement. However, this feature does come with a negative aspect that the user must manage working on three or more program windows. GIMP does not have a pre loaded set of workspace commands and thus these need to be set up each time GIMP starts. None the less, GIMP does offer, drag and drop options so you can add the tools you want in the a panel which is organized with tabs and offer auto expansion and collapse of elements of the dialog. This feature may have influenced Adobe. To sum up, the GUI provided by GIMP is competent as well as strongly constructed.
Photoshop Extended’s Graphic User Interface or GUI also supports MDI as GIMP however; we can come across two major differences when comparing them. First of all, Photoshop does not support the resizable, movable, adjustable, customizable, collapsible to tab bar as supported by GIMP as These are anchored to the right hand tab and cannot be pulled out or be worked on independently. The second major difference is the workspace which is supported by Photoshop unlike GIMP. The workspace in Photoshop has pre loaded tools which can be modified as per requirement but come loaded each time Photoshop starts unlike in GIMP where these need to be set first before beginning to work on image manipulation. Hence, although both the programs offer the same basic functions and tool, the ay these tools are manipulated and customized are different. The differences in some functionality are very broad.
For starters, the file commands which allows the programs to import, export and manage a general configuration differs in both. Although GIMP is apt to import screenshots with bulletin screen grabber, images from external devices such as scanner and cameras, there format are not raw formats.
However, the main thing is that Photoshop has clearly gained control in image manipulation and editing since it offers to support many file commands which in turn gives numerous choices for the user to choose from. With new addition of file support feature from varied file types such as video, animation, camera raw file support etc. GIMP does not stand a chance in this arena though may it give a tight competition to Corel Paintshop Pro as well as the Adobe Photoshop elements edition.