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Raster image editor.

Developer: The GIMP Team
License: GPL

The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is the most popular open source image editor. It's available on a wide range of platforms and operating systems, but its native OS is GNU/Linux.


The GIMP is a raster image editor like the commercial alternative Adobe Photoshop. It uses opensource X server, the base of Linux graphical interface, and it's own user interface GTK, which is acronym for the GIMP Toolkit. Thanks to GTK it will run on KDE, GNOME and many other desktops.

  • Full suite of painting tools,
  • Large number of graphic effects,
  • Support for GIF, JPEG, PNG, XPM, TIFF, TGA, MPEG, PS, PDF, PCX, BMP and many others,
  • A procedural database for calling internal GIMP functions from external programs (Script-Fu),
  • Advanced scripting capabilities,
  • Modular architecture with plug-ins that allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters.

Longer list you can find in Features and Capabilities section of GIMP documentation.

What can I do with GIMP

You can edit existing images, like your photos, or create new artwork. It integrates a lot of filters and graphic effects that simplify the creation and editing of images. It is powerful, but not a magic stick. Don't expect that it will retouch scratches or remove red eyes in your photos with a touch of the button, it is not that kind of program. It compares to a professional image editing tool, that can be used on the spot, but to show true power one has to learn different aspects of digital imaging and how GIMP can be used to create and manipulate them.

How to contribute

  • Publish your artwork related to GIMP by linking it in the GIMP Gallery with short description of the idea.
  • Create or edit picture and publish detailed explanation of the procedure in GIMP by Example as help to new GIMP users.
  • Write script or plug-in that will automate some image creation or editing process and publish link to it in the GIMP Scripts.

The size, complexity and number of colors, is not important, the idea is what makes a picture shine and attract visitor to come again.

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