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Old 01-09-2019, 06:55 PM
Cuckoorex Cuckoorex is offline
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Is GIMP still the go-to for free open source photo editing?

And what about a free open source page design program? Any recommendations?
Maybe God doesn't want robots, but he sure seems to like playing with action figures...
Old 01-09-2019, 08:14 PM
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I do not have market share figures versus Photoshop, but GIMP is still getting active funding and development and updates every couple of months. "If it ain't broke..."

By "page design", do you mean an alternative to Indesign? What is your target medium? (Book, magazine, newspaper, poster?)
Old 01-09-2019, 08:24 PM
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I can answer yes to the first question. It's taken a couple weeks, but now I'm just as productive with GIMP as I was with Photoshop.

For the second question, I have no idea.
Old 01-09-2019, 08:52 PM
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I just read a rec for Photopea recently and it seems fairly decent from the little I've tried it. I think it's online-only, however.

I use (which is downloadable, despite its name) mostly. It's not as effective at a lot of things, especially without plugins, but for quick fixes, it loads much faster than my Gimp and is more intuitive and easy to use. (My Gimp loads slowly because of some plugins I added. Plus for anyone who hasn't checked, it got updated fairly recently so you might have to manually update.)

eta: And I am testing out Inkscape, which also seems good.

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Old 01-09-2019, 09:46 PM
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If you're looking for page design software, try the search term Desktop Publishing, as it threw up these three options.
Old 01-10-2019, 12:52 AM
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Paint.NET is my preferred program, it doesn't have the (IMHO, I'm not a graphic designer) clunky Photoshop UI that GIMP has. The only real disadvantage for some is Windows-only.

Edit: missed Fair Rarity's post, so I concur. But the .NET part has nothing to do with the internet but with Microsoft's .NET Framework.

And for everything else, there's Mastercard Irfanview, a great program for batch processing. It is not for Photoshop-like editing.

Inkscape is supposed to be like Adobe Illustrator, not Photoshop (vector editing).

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Old 01-10-2019, 10:16 AM
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If you're specifically looking to edit digital photos, Darktable is worth knowing about. Gimp is to Photoshop what Darktable is to Lightroom. If you need to batch edit a bunch of files or make subtler "development" adjustments, it may be better.

Gimp, to my knowledge, is still the most powerful free alternative to Photoshop, but it still has an obnoxiously unintuitive interface and isn't nearly as good as modern Photoshop for automatic adjustments. If you don't need a ton of raw power, I will second for having a much easier interface for doing quick edits.
Old 01-10-2019, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by thelurkinghorror View Post

Edit: missed Fair Rarity's post, so I concur. But the .NET part has nothing to do with the internet but with Microsoft's .NET Framework.
I wanted to make that distinction because Photopea is an online-only editor and if one had never heard of, it sounds like it's online-only too. I never knew that was where it got its name. The more you know *rainbow*
Old 01-10-2019, 09:51 PM
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I use GIMP for everything. It's extremely rare to find something GIMP can't do.


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