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gimp or photoshop

Jun 8, 2012, 22:17
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gimp or photoshop
I am brand new to photo editing.
Being as impartial a possible... Is Gimp or Photoshop a better bet for a beginner who plans to be a rather casual user?

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Jun 8, 2012, 22:33
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RE: gimp or photoshop
Are you ready to spend several hundred dollars in a software for "casual" use?

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Jun 9, 2012, 09:42
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i think between gimp and inkscape you'd have most bases covered.
rather casual users don't use photoshop, unless it's cracked... Dodgy
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Jun 15, 2012, 19:18
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RE: gimp or photoshop
I think it cuts both ways. I have used both. If you work by yourself, then GIMP is great. If you have to work with others that already are into Photoshop, then that is a consideration.

If you use commercial plug ins, then you need to look at that.

In general, I think that Photoshop has a larger community base, but believe that GIMP covers all of the basic functionality that people use.

I think the real question is, if you have $300, would you rather by software, or a new lens, flash, or something different. If you have a complete set of gear, then photoshop is cool. If you need more flash, a better lens, or something different to make a better image, then focus on that first.
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Jun 18, 2012, 20:40
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RE: gimp or photoshop
How much time do you want to spend learning (and playing with) your photo editing software? GIMP and Photoshop are both powerful and complicated programs. I don't think either is a good bet for a beginner and casual user. (Uh-oh, have I just committed heresy?)

Have you tried simpler programs like Picasa or PhotoPlus? Or online editors like pixlr.com, ipiccy.com or picmonkey.com? These are all free (last I looked) and they make it easy to do basic edits like cropping, color adjustments, exposure fixes, and special effects. You'll know when you've outgrown their capabilities, and that's the time to look at GIMP or Photoshop.

I'm a GIMP true believer, but too many of my friends have tried GIMP and given up because, when it came down to it, they didn't want to invest that much time and brain matter to edit pictures. YMMV.
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Jun 18, 2012, 22:32
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RE: gimp or photoshop
(Jun 18, 2012 20:40)acmespaceship Wrote:  How much time do you want to spend learning (and playing with) your photo editing software? GIMP and Photoshop are both powerful and complicated programs. I don't think either is a good bet for a beginner and casual user. (Uh-oh, have I just committed heresy?)

Have you tried simpler programs like Picasa or PhotoPlus? Or online editors like pixlr.com, ipiccy.com or picmonkey.com? These are all free (last I looked) and they make it easy to do basic edits like cropping, color adjustments, exposure fixes, and special effects. You'll know when you've outgrown their capabilities, and that's the time to look at GIMP or Photoshop.

I'm a GIMP true believer, but too many of my friends have tried GIMP and given up because, when it came down to it, they didn't want to invest that much time and brain matter to edit pictures. YMMV.
I sort of agree with that... plus, when it comes to photography, the 8-bit limits of Gimp tend to show up rather quickly (though 2.10 will normally fix this).

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