GIMP is a digital photo manipulation tool for Windows (and many other platforms) that’s considered to be the open source (free) answer to Adobe Photoshop. Like Photoshop, GIMP is suitable for a variety of image manipulation tasks, including photo retouching, image composition, image construction, and has many other capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, and so much more.
GIMP is amazingly expandable and extensible – it is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.
One of GIMP's strengths is its free availability from many sources for many operating systems. So, if you don’t want to pay the price for Photoshop, GIMP is definitely the app for you!
- Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone, and more – including the support of custom brushes & patterns
- Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool
- Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear, flip, and more
- Supports a variety of selection tools such as rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy, and more
- Supports many file formats – including bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, and more
- Advanced path tool doing bezier and polygonal selections
- Supports a virtually unlimited number of images open at one time
- Load, display, convert, and save to many different file formats
Overview of changes from GIMP 2.10.0 to GIMP 2.10.2:
- Discard fonts which fail to load and popup an info dialog to allow people debug their fonts.
- New API to suppress updates in UI until plug-ins are done introducing changes.
- New API to calculate histograms in separate threads, with possible further extension to handle similar cases elsewhere in GIMP.
- Tool options are now properly saved and reloaded per-device at startup.
- New plug-in for importing and exporting HEIF images.
- Enable visibility of rasterized vector layer from PSD.
- Single-window screenshots in Windows fixed to correctly snap a window even when it is partly off-screen or covered by another window or when display scaling is not set to 100%.
- New Spherize filter to wrap an image around a spherical cap
- New Recursive Transform filter to create Droste effect.
- Warn users, when alpha-only painting has no effect. E.g. when target drawable doesn't have an alpha channel, or the alpha channel is locked.
- Make the splash texts dynamic, so they are larger on larger splashes.
- Mention pressing Enter to complete Foreground selection in the status bar.
- Make sure that clicking outside any selection prevents Rectangle Select and Ellipse Select tools from creating empty selections.
- Improve mouse wheel zooming behavior to keep the same point centered under the pointer even if the image is completely visible in the canvas.
- Add "View -> Center Image in Window" (Shift+J) as a quick way to center the image at any zoom level.
- Updated translations: Catalan, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian.
- New translation of Windows installer: Chinese (Taiwan)
- Add a --with-bug-report-url configure option allowing packagers to set the address of their own bug tracker. This address will be the one opened by the debug dialog for reporting bugs.
- Add a flatpak manifest for the gtk3-port branch.
- Remove the possibility to disable script-fu.
- Add a --with-icc-directory configure option to customize the color profile directory. By default, it is set to the common path /usr/share/color/icc.
- Updating the description of the XCF format "devel-docs/xcf.txt", for third-party readers wishing to support GIMP 2.10 XCF files.
- Add documentation skeletons for all enums in libgimpbase/, there is much room for improvement.
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