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[News] Examples of the Power of the GIMP and Free/Libre Graphics

  • Subject: [News] Examples of the Power of the GIMP and Free/Libre Graphics
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2010 22:01:43 +0100
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Flying aircraft carrier - Why not indeed? 

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| Like the last time, I'd like to begin by 
| showing you what the model looks like when 
| GIMP-ed against some real background. Just a 
| single image for now. Later, we'll have a full 
| gallery of images and fancy effects. Here you, 
| my flying aircraft carrier in low, slow flight 
| above a harbor in a Vietnam-like setting, 
| firing its twin belly cannon in support of 
| ground forces. Air cavalry futuristic style. 


Single Window Mode

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| Jim sent me a screenshot of GIMP 2.7 in single 
| window mode. Looks good and I am going to try 
| it soon. Click on the image for a 100% view.



Photoshop VS. GIMP

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| GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation
| Program. It is a freely distributed program
| for such tasks as photo retouching, image
| composition and image authoring.
| It has many 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, etc.


Photoshop CS4 vs. GIMP 2.6.6

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| What GIMP 2.6.6 offers that Photoshop CS4 does
| not:
|     * You can open and edit several formats in
|     GIMP 2.6.6 which includes support for PSD
|     files. But Photoshop CS4 does not extend
|     the same support to XCD files which the
|     native file format for GIMP.
|     * You can open a layered image as a flat
|     file without merging the layers in GIMP
|     directly from the 'File' menu, which is not
|     possible in Photoshop CS4. Even after you
|     open a file without layers in GIMP, the
|     original properties are intact, unless you
|     edit and save the file.
|     * There are several plug-ins features which
|     are not usually used. This reduced system
|     resources effectively.
| Being an open source application, it supports a
| large number of add-ons and plug-ins to give
| you real time software updates. What's more you
| have complete check on your system resources as
| you will download only those functionalities
| that you need!


GIMP Is No Lame Photo Tool

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| GIMP is one of the most able-bodied open
| source photo manipulation apps in the world,
| and its feature set rivals those of many
| proprietary -- and often downright expensive
| -- offerings. Its features will fix flaws in
| photos as well as enable the user to
| artistically manipulate images in a
| multitude of formats. However, most photo
| editors this advanced do require a bit of a
| learning curve, and GIMP is no exception.
| The Linux world is filled with numerous
| capable packages for just about every
| computing category. Graphics manipulation
| applications are no exception. In any list
| of able-bodied graphics candidates, GIMP 2.6
| should be one of the top three contenders.
| [...]
| When I left Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows
| for the Linux platform, I desperately needed
| an inexpensive replacement for Photoshop.
| One of the first photo editing apps I
| encountered was GIMP. It is available in
| most Linux package management systems. Its
| tool set has all the bells and whistles I
| used in the Adobe product.
| GIMP became my de facto benchmark
| measurement for similar photoshopping apps.
| The fact that GIMP runs on both of my Linux
| workhorse distros -- Ubuntu and Puppy Linux
| -- made using it a real bargain.

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