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First, the application is highly visible because it's white and it's in 3 pieces that are spread around the screen. Second, by default Gimp can't open raw image files. Both of these are significant. Adobe's default interface is medium gray, which is a good compromise between being visible without detracting from the images that you're editing and the user can make the interface brighter or darker to suit individual preferences.

But the more disturbing issue is that tools are in a separate panel on the left, layers and brushes are in a separate panel on the right, open images are in a separate panel in the middle, and the menu remains in yet another panel. I have never liked this approach.

So the first thing most users who have Photoshop experience will want to do involves changing the interface with tweaks developed by Martin Owens Doctor Mo. Many years ago, GIMP-shop was an effort to create a Photoshop-like version of Gimp, but there's been no development since It's still available for download, but because it hasn't been updated for nearly 12 years, I think that using Doctor Mo's Gimp Tweaks is a better option.

Here's how. Close Gimp if it's running and download the tweaks file from the DeviantArt website. Don't do anything with the file yet. You'll see a folder called ".

Rename that folder; a good choice would be ". Extract the contents of the Doctor Mo zip file to the user profile directory. You can do this by copying the zip file to the directory and extracting the contents there or by performing the extraction in the directory where you stored the downloaded file and then copying ".

You'll now have two directories ". When you open Gimp now, it will look a lot more like the Photoshop CS6 you're familiar with. The next problem that you'll need to address is Gimp's inability to work with raw files -- at least if you shoot raw files instead of JPEG files.

So assuming you shoot raw images at least some of the time, you'll need to find a way to make them accessible to Gimp.

Note my use of the word "accessible". Gimp cannot open raw files, but neither can Photoshop or Lightroom. Lightroom uses Adobe Camera Raw technology in the background to display the image you'll modify and then writes modification information to a catalog file. Gimp users need the equivalent of Adobe Camera Raw: It can be used as a standalone application or as a Gimp plug-in. I cannot recommend it, though. After installing UFRaw, I attempted to open the application in standalone mode, but it failed.

Several dynamic link library DLL files were missing. The most promising recommendation for correcting the error involved copying some of the DLL files from the Gimp directory to the UFRaw directory. But even after doing that, UFRaw refused to open. In the image, 1 is one of the error messages, 2 is the Gimp directory, and 3 is the UFRaw directory.

There's undoubtedly a way to make this work, but the path to success seemed needlessly difficult. An easier solution involves using the photo application that came with your camera. Any camera that's capable of producing a raw image should come with a disc that includes a program capable of converting a raw image to a TIFF or a JPEG.

In addition to applications from the camera manufacturer, several other freeware applications can open raw files and save them as TIFFs. One that seemed promising was Adobe's free digital negative converter. The DNG format was created by Adobe as a standard format that camera manufacturer or software publishers can use.

Gimp is supposed to be able to open DNG files, but when I tried, it opened only the embedded thumbnail. This is Gimp's problem, not Adobe's. Possibly DNG files need an add-in I didn't have.

Before giving up entirely on plug-ins for Gimp, I tried one more, PhotoFlow , and -- even though I was able to open it in standalone mode -- I encountered the same kinds of problems running it as I'd had with UFRaw. So that leaves only the camera manufacturer's conversion option. I decided to work with a TIFF image for testing and demonstration, but even then there were problems.

When converted from raw, most TIFFs will be considerably larger than the raw file. My sample image grew from 30MB to MB and that could have an effect on how much storage space you need. Additionally, the DNG or raw file will probably have a bit bit depth and Gimp can handle only 8-bit files.

Converting down to 8 bits will reduce the quality of the image. Gimp will also suggest converting from whichever color space your camera uses probably AdobeRGB to the considerably less capable sRGB color space. You can skip that and retain the larger and better AdobeRGB color space. Without going too far afield, I should probably note that the file you output from Lightroom, Photoshop, or Gimp should be converted to sRGB if you plan to share it on the internet but the output file should use the AdobeRGB color space if you plan to have it printed.

For 10 years or more I've tried to develop a working relationship with Gimp, but I've never succeeded. I can think of exactly one situation in which photographers might prefer Gimp: That's when they have only a Linux computer. Otherwise, there are applications for MacOS and Windows systems that are much easier to use.

Oh, maybe there's one other situation in which Gimp would be the right choice: It's for those who simply detest Adobe and who are willing to put up with Gimp's shortcomings. If you're a photographer, either amateur or pro, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop seem to be a better choice than Gimp, which doesn't include an image organizer.

So when you return from a vacation with pictures, sorting through them will be difficult. If you take only a few pictures per year, maybe Gimp will be all you need. Also, if you shoot exclusively in JPEG format, Gimp can handle those kinds of files without a problem. There's doubtless an open-source image organizer that would be compatible with Gimp, but you'd have to find it, download it, and install it.

Your camera's software may have a workable image organizer and the Geko and Fly website lists several open-source choices. Modifying Images in Gimp Many of the standard Photoshop tools are available in Gimp and by that I mean that it more or less replicates Photoshop half a dozen years ago. Technology days are textured services with no review. In master to acis 7, the material adopted a italic channel with generally no bishopric images, fewer new tools, and educational thirty-one end nodes, despite minor managers' exceptions.

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At its core, Exposure X2 remains true to that original idea, but as well the company has greatly expanded the capabilities of the software. You are no longer tied to using the software as a plugin unless you want to , and you can actually use Exposure X2 as a standalone image processor. I could store the images where I wanted and view them as I wanted.

It just makes the whole process so much simpler when importing images and getting everything ready to go for a culling run.

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