adobe Photoshop vs GIMP

Adobe Photoshop Vs GIMP: Basic Differences and Brief Comparison Them

What to consider while you are choosing between Adobe Photoshop vs GIMP for your image editing software ?

10 things to consider between Adobe Photoshop vs GIMP / Why GIMP are considered as alternative to Photoshop ?

Adobe Photoshop VS GIMP: which image editing tool should you use for any kind of image editing like clipping path service, image masking or photo retouching ?


Comparison between adobe Photoshop vs GIMP (About GIMP)

adobe Photoshop vs GIMP

Considering factors like; subscription fees, working interface, features, available tools, actions and plugins, and flexibility GIMP can compete with Photoshop head to head. Nowadays when it comes to manipulate image, create digital art and web design many thinks GIMP as go-to tool over Photoshop. Whereas Creative Cloud Photoshop’s most popular subscription fee is 49.99 USD per month, and GIMP is totally free to download. Though Photoshop is leading the industry, GIMP is developing with the help of community integration.

Gimp is open source free image editing application, available for Mac, Windows and Linux operating system. Modifiable source code and a bunch of 3rd party plugins give a wide range of scope to develop for the graphic designer, web designer, illustrator and photographer.

GIMP is light weighted, 20x smaller than Photoshop. It’s not system resource hungry, as a result one can easily run this program on Pentium 3 pc. Drawback of the program which lag it behind is it takes a while to load in windows.

GIMP is user friendly, its UI’s modern look and feel, tools lay out as per user’s expectation makes this program easier and convenient to use for newbies to professionals. Again, as a profession one can easily rearrange the tools as per his need. For any kind of problems, one can easily get the solution from GIMP community and forums. Best of all is single window mode a convenient feature for many.

GIMP developed its text manipulation functionality. Previously one had to manipulate the text in a secondary window. Now secondary window goes off and on the canvas, one can do the same job without leaving the existing window.

Concerning tools like paint brush, pencil, smudge tool works brilliantly, clean and accurate stroke and perfect blending makes the creative work livelier, that’s why nowadays GIMP is more designer’s choice.

Clone and healing brush tool is not up to the mark of Photoshop, even eraser tool becomes functionally inactive to some extent, and as a result it is losing its ground in the photography industry and has failed to become photographer’s go-to tool.

Portable GIMP! Yes, this free image editing software can load on your USB drive and take anywhere edit images anywhere on anyone’s pc.

Batch processing through automated action is one of golden feature in GIMP like program. Batch processing makes like easier for photographer when he needs repeated actions on a huge number of images. Another golden feature is, it supports PSD format file where Photoshop does not support GIMP’s .xcf file.

In Linux platform Photoshop is not available, so the community developed a program for image editing and graphic design work. Here GIMP is known as Linux’s Photoshop, but this program never projected itself as alternative to Photoshop. One can do almost everything like cropping, resizing, drawing, color correction, manipulation, retouching, restoration, image enhancement, design, mock up and many more. It is community centrist program; it has emerged from community and the community has keep producing feature plugin one after another.


Adobe Photoshop vs GIMP – About Photoshop

about Photoshop

When comes the question of image authoring and manipulation Photoshop is industry standard over tools like GIMP, Paint.Net, Photo Scape, Fotor, Photo Pos Pro and many more. Its powerful tools and features gives enormous power to graphical authorization from basic image editing, web design, graphic design, and video editing even one can do 3d rendering to some extent. Here one can develop his own workflow system with actions and plugins to do enormous amount of work in a smarter way.

PSD is Photoshop’s own file format; flexibility of this format is acclaimed all through the community. One can edit, ret weak the file based on his necessity, even also save the file in different format like; GIF, PNG, EPS, TIFF, JPEG and many more.

Since Photoshop consume-pro ended product, tools and features designed to satisfy the wants of users; whoever it is novice to professionals. Diversity of UI design, tools and feature makes this program undisputed market leader. Behind the designing every tools and features works consumer’s want and behavior design and technology. In designing stage Adobe takes in account, real life situation and human behavior to the situation; how someone want the problem solve, how he sees the solution. For an example one may want to edit his video clip like image, change color, enhance brightness, remove unwanted object, clipping path etc., and he can do so in Photoshop. Again, masking object is trickier job while comes the fringe around the object. And refine edge tool designed in way that it can calculate the difference between every pixel, what to keep and what to leave.

For almost possible graphical necessity there is a lot of professional features are available is Photoshop, what you need is to get acquainted with the feature, if one takes GIMP in account, those features can be added with the help of different plugins, what are available in the GIMP plugin registry. Plugin adds up basic feature like layer options, brushes, file option to high end option like clone and heal, save for web in GIMP.

Smart object adds flexibility option to image pixel as well as shape tool do so. Pixel manipulation becomes more flexible and re editable. As a result, one can re edit the manipulation whenever he wants to what degree he wants even he can get back to original form if he wants.

Photoshop has powerful feature for layout and composition, and also different presets and actions. One can create different production workflow if he wants with the help of customized work space, features, presets and actions for smart and smooth production.

Color space is one of the great features in Photoshop specially for photographer image editing. It gives the creative freedom and creates dimension to their work. Pantone color library lets graphic designers play with enormous world of color.

For desktop publication CMYK color space gives the most accurate color for publication.

Photoshop has integration capability with other Adobe suite programs like Illustrator, Premier, Muse, Flex etc. One can easily use those programs as per his need with the Photoshop to make his creative workflow smarter and smoother. One doesn’t need solely Adobe Premier to edit his video, along with Photoshop he can do advanced editing in Premier.

Raw format handling capability makes this program among the photographers. Cameras from different manufactures support different type of raw format. Managing different program for raw processing is hazardous job. Raw processing engine of Photoshop supports almost every format, what makes the raw processing work easier.

Talking of support, it is industry standard. There are thousands of forums, groups, publication, articles, blogs are available on the internet, and even books are available for the reader. World’s second largest search engine in YouTube there are thousands of tutorials are available.

Final Thought

Even though GIMP is free software for image editing and graphic design, one can do image retouch and restoration, image manipulation, graphic and web designing job in it. For commercial extent Photoshop is obvious tool for professional because of its capabilities and output.

The key differential factor adobe Photoshop vs GIMP is price, if need some image editing or graphic design features you must go on with GIMP, otherwise you ended up paying huge amount for features you don’t use.

GIMP has developed GIMP shop for those who switch from Photoshop. User interface and features are quite similar to the Photoshop. Instead of using default interface its interface is similar to Photoshop, as a result one gets accustomed with the GIMP workflow.


Adobe Photoshop vs GIMP

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