GIMP gives artists the power and flexibility to transform images into truly unique creations. It also is a high-quality application for producing icons, graphical design elements, and art for user interface components and mockups.
GIMP provides top-notch color management features to ensure high-fidelity color reproduction across digital and printed media. It is best used in workflows involving other free software such as Scribus, Inkscape, and SwatchBooker.
GIMP is a high-quality framework for scripted image manipulation. This application provides extensibility through integration with many programming languages, including Scheme, Python, Perl, and more. The result is a high level of customization, as demonstrated by a large number of scripts and plugins created by the community.
Each task requires a different environment, and GIMP allows you to customize the view and behavior the way you like it. Start from the widget theme and change colors, widget spacings, and icon sizes to custom toolsets in the toolbox. The interface is modulized into so called docks. That allows you to stack them into tabs or keep them open in their window. Pressing the tab key will toggle them hidden. GIMP features a high fullscreen mode, which allows you to not only preview your artwork but also do editing work while using most of your screen estate.
Numerous digital photo imperfections can be easily compensated for using GIMP. Fix perspective distortion caused by lens tilt simply choosing the corrective mode in the transform tools. Eliminate lens’ barrel distortion and vignetting with a powerful filter but a simple interface. The included channel mixer gives you the flexibility and power to get your B/W photography stand out the way you need.
GIMP is ideal for advanced photo retouching techniques. Get rid of unneeded details using the clone tool, or touch up minor details easily with the new healing tool. With the perspective clone tool, it’s not difficult to clone objects with perspective in mind just as easily as with the orthogonal clone.
GIMP includes unique support for various input devices out of the box. Pressure and tilt sensitive tablets, but also a wide range of USB or MIDI controllers. You can bind often-used actions to device events such as rotating a USB wheel or moving a MIDI controller’s slider. Change the size, angle, or opacity of a brush while you paint, bind your favorite scripts to buttons. Hence, speed up your workflow!
Supported File Formats
The file format support ranges from the common likes of JPEG (JFIF), GIF, PNG, TIFF to individual use formats such as the multi-resolution and multi-color-depth Windows icon files. Furthermore, the architecture allows extending GIMP’s format capabilities with a plugin. Also, you can find some rare format support in the GIMP plugin registry.
Thanks to the transparent virtual file system, it is possible to load and save files from remote locations using protocols such as FTP, HTTP, or even SMB (MS Windows shares) and SFTP/SSH. To save disk space, you can avoid any format with an archive extension. Such as ZIP, GZ, or BZ2, and GIMP will transparently compress the file without you needing to do any extra steps.
GIMP 2.10.14 highlights include:
- Necessary out-of-canvas pixels viewing and editing
- Optional editing of layers with disabled visibility
- Foreground Select tool: new Grayscale Preview Mode
- Newly added Normal Map filter
- 27 old filters ported to use GEGL buffers
- HEIF, TIFF, and PDF support improvements
- Better loading of corrupted CXF files
- Grayscale workflows order of magnitude faster
- macOS Catalina compatibility
- 45 bugfixes, 22 translation updates
GIMP is the Free and Open Source, cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows, and more.