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GIMP 2.8.18

GIMP GIMP 2.8.18

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GIMP Editor's Review

Create and edit graphics and digital photos with this world class open source graphic editing tool.

In today's graphic intensive world, having a decent, full featured editor is a must.  Many top of the line packages come with the features everyone wants, and unfortunately, with the price tag to go with it.  This is one of the reasons why I like GIMP. It’s a full featured, multi-platform graphics editor; and its totally awesome.

GIMP is the image editing tool of choice for many users, in large part due to its many editing tools.  It's more common tools include a paint brush, pencil, airbrush, eraser and ink tools. You can use them to create new or blended pixels. Tools such as the bucket fill and blend tools are used to change large regions of space in an image and can be used to help blend images. 

GIMP also has a selection of smart tools.  These use a more complex algorithm to enable a user to complete time consuming or difficult tasks, and include the clone tool that copies pixels using a brush, and the healing brush which copies pixels from an area and corrects the tone and color where it is being used. The perspective clone tool works in a similar way to the clone tool, but also allows a user to alter and correct distance changes. The blur and sharpen tool is a brush that blurs and sharpens sections of an image; and the dodge and burn tool is a brush that makes target pixels lighter (dodges) or darker (burns).

An image being edited in GIMP can consist of many layers. Each layer in an image is made up of several channels. In an RGB image there are normally 3 or 4 channels, consisting of a red, green and blue channel. Color sub-layers look like slightly different gray images, but when put together they make a complete image. The fourth channel that may be part of a layer is the alpha channel (or layer mask), this channel measures opacity where a whole or part of an image can be completely visible, partially visible or invisible.

GIMP has several ways of selecting colors including palettes, color choosers and using an eyedropper tool to select a color on the canvas. The built-in color choosers include RGB/HSV selector or scales, water-color selector, CMYK selector and a color-wheel selector. Colors in GIMP can also be selected using hexadecimal color codes as used in HTML color selection; and it has native support for indexed color and RGB color spaces. Other color spaces are supported using decomposition where each channel of the new color space becomes a black and white image. CMYK, LAB and HSV (hue, saturation, value) are supported this way. GIMP does color blending through its blend tool. You apply a gradient to the surface of an image using GIMP's color modes. Gradients can also be integrated into tools such as the brush tool.  When the user paints this way, the output color slowly changes. 

Pros: Free, advanced image editing.

Cons: Advanced features require knowledge of graphic arts and advanced editing techniques to take full advantage of.

Conclusion: GIMP is an advanced image editing tool on par with Photoshop and other expensive, best of class graphic editing tools. The best thing about it is that its powerful and its free.  You're going to need to understand multi-layered imaging, masks and color channels to take full advantage of the tool.

GIMP Publisher's Description

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...

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What's New in Version 2.8.18 of GIMP

Core:

- Initialize fontconfig cache in separate thread to keep GUI
responsive on first startup
- Properly recognize layer masks as deactivated, e.g. for moving layers
- Create $XDG_DATA_HOME if it doesn't exist
- (CVE-2016-4994) Multiple Use-After-Free when parsing XCF channel
and layer properties
- Fix progress access to prevent crash on rapid sequence of commands
- Fix crash in gimp-gradient-segment-range-move

GUI:

- Disable color picker buttons on OS X to prevent a GUI lockup
- Disable "new-style" full-screen mode on OS X to prevent a crash
- Pulsing progress bar in splash screen to indicate unknown durations
- Fix gamut warning color for lcms display filter
- Fix unbolding of bold font on edit
- Prevent accidental renaming of wrong adjacent item

Installer:

- Change compression settings to decrease size by 20%
- Add Catalan, Danish, French, Dutch

Plug-ins:

- Fix crash on sRGB JPEG image drag & drop
- Fix ambiguous octal-escaped output of c-source
- Fix KISS CEL export
- Fix progress bar for file-compressor
- Make Script-Fu regex match return proper character indexes for
Unicode characters
- Fix Script-Fu modulo for large numbers

General:

- Documentation updates
- Bug fixes
- Translation updates
 

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