Tech Talk:. Open Source Software for the Home Computer. Nathan Hall UNT Libraries Information Technology Services. IMAGE EDITING: Comparing Photoshop with Gimp. GIMP BACKGROUND. GNU ("ɡ nu ) Image Manipulation Program Available for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux
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Open Source Software
Nathan HallUNT Libraries Information Technology Services
Photoshop with Gimp
GNU ("ɡnu) Image Manipulation Program
Available for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux
Originally developed by students at UC Berkeley.
Currently maintained by the GNOME Project
Often compared to / reviewed against Photoshop
Gimp screenshots in this presentation were created with the Mac iteration of Gimp.
Photoshop screenshots were created with Adobe PS CS3 running on Windows Vista.
Some differences in interface design might be due to comparing software on two different operating systems.
Many of the tools in the Gimp pallet are similar to Photoshop's.
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VIEW MENU Photoshop.
1. Cost2. Familiar environment for Photoshop users 3. Familiar functionality for Photoshop users
-too many windows / dialog boxes
-boxes can get stuck behind other open applications.
-no color management (e.g. ICC)
-lacks support for RAW images
...you answer "yes" to any of the following questions.
You want more functionality than what comes with Photoshop Elements
Do you want to learn and practice basic/intermediate image editing techniques at home without paying for Photoshop CS[#]?
Are you a casual user?
Are you interested in open source software development?
Are you a law abiding cheapskate in general?
...You answer "yes" to any of the following questions.
Are you an imaging/graphics professional?
AND do you NOT want to tinker with software
Do you wish to be?
AND can you afford the Photoshop license?
Word Processing: Photoshop.
Vector Graphics Editor
Saves by default in OpenDocument Formats (ODF)
Supported by MS Office 2007 SP2
Plug ins are available to support ODF in earlier versions of MS Office
OpenOffice can export to other formats.
...but "track changes" edits are saved and converted as if accepted.
Free, but not open source.
(Though permission to use, copy, modify and distribute this software and database and its documentation for any purpose.)
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