Gimp vs Photoshop

ok, I was just wondering what all photoshop has on it compared to the freeware gimp…I would really like to keep costs down for the team, so I’d like to use as much freeware as possible.

So if there is anything that would extremely help out by getting photoshop I’d spring for it, but otherwhys I’m going to stick with GIMP. So far though it seems as though this should have everything I need.

Though I have never actually used GIMP myself, I can attest that it is probably the best option if you don’t feel like forking out the cash for an Adobe product.

Do your school computers have any available software? My high school had Photoshop and Fireworks available.

I have used Photoshop and I have used gimp. I find that Photoshop is way better, but its also more expensive. :smiley:

My only issue with GIMP is the user interface, this isnt to say it is bad merely that I am not used to it. is an article that does a reasonable job. It made me think, do I really need Photoshop? Give it a read, the author does use some language that may not be appropriate for young children but he raises some very good points.

This being said, I shoot with a DSLR in RAW format, GIMP supports 8bits per channel, my raw files are 10bits per channel. If you, or your team, shoot using DSLRs in RAW format this may be an issue if you want to work directly with the RAW files.

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It’s not to bad either.

You need the ufraw plugin (also free and opensource) it supports up to 16-bits, I use it all the time with my DSLR.

I also have not found anything in photoshop that I cannot do in GIMP (might be hidden in that rather odd UI). I am not at all bashing Photoshop as I use it at work all the time.

What in particular were you wanting to do with GIMP, I have a bunch of tutorials for Web, Photos, and Animations.

All of the images on our team page were done (in a rushed fashion so the quality suffered on some of them) with GIMP,

the school computer thing might have been a good idea, but we use all our own computers and labtops that we buy with our funds because the room we use don’t have any working computers, and to another person, I plan on making my team logo and other items with GIMP. All the userbars in my signature were also made with GIMP, but since I’m used to it, and can actually use it better than photoshop I’m going to stick with it, I just wanted to make sure there wasn’t some super amazing thing you can do with photoshop that was unavailable with GIMP.

Thanks guys

If you are making logos I cannot urge you enough to use Inkscape, a free vector graphics program. Logos should be done in vector format, it will save you if you try to get them printed.

I second that. My brother used Inkscape this summer at his job for creating logos after finding it online, and it was an awesome tool for the job. I am pretty sure that he views it as on the same level as Adobe Illustrator in terms of capability, which is saying something.

I have used both, and personally would prefere the GIMP. I can find that most of the functions that you are going to use can be done with both. I will agree that sometimes with the GIMP it can be hard to know exactly on how to do it. All of the photos and images on our team website, this year and last years website(which I don’t have currently up(last years)), were edited using the GIMP. For what you can do with both I would say go with the GIMP as it is free. Also my avatar was made with the GIMP(I know that it isn’t that good as I threw that together in a second), and also the animation that I had before using (it was a robot that came in off screen and removed the red X when a picture is unable to load in windows, for those that might of seen it before). Okay now time for me to be quiet and and let you choose.

I’ll be sure to check out inkscape, but I’ve been doing pretty well with gimp, even got a new logo for our team in the works with it, but I’ll see if inkscape can do any better

I used to use Gimp at school, seeing it was always installed on the school laptops and it was good for doing pretty general things such as free transforming, basic picture alterations, and a lot of other things. I personally went online and looked for “how to’s” if I got stuck but really need to do something and GIMP was the only thing available. I survived for a year on the team designing things on GIMP after getting used to the program.

Photoshop is so so so great though. You can do so much on it and is much more flexible with scans and major alterations, and of course graphic design. Overall it blows GIMP out of the water, but you’re paying for the quality. It’s not cheap but definitely worth it. After a year of GIMP we actually invested in putting photoshop on one mac for me to use and it did me good, and made my life so much better when it came to making logos, working on banners, etc etc. Photoshop is worth its price if you are going to use it and you figure out how to use the functions.

The Adobe Creative Suite is an awesome piece of software.

If you purchase it you are almost certainly eligible for the educational discount.

Unfortunately the new suite is significantly more expensive even with the discount.

I have used both, Photoshop at school for all our Yearbook stuff and Gimp at home for personal use.
One thing I have noticed that Photoshop can do that Gimp cant is clip paths (or I just havent figured it out yet), which you may or may not care about, but for yearbook its wonderful. Clips are when you take a picture, cut the background out and just have the person, or whatever. Also, I agree with most of the people above, Gimp’s userinterface is harder to work with than PS.
However, if you havent used either, it may not make a difference which program you choose.

I couldn’t agree more with Andrew’s statement.

I have been in the print business for a very long time and I can’t state more emphatically that logos should be done in vector format.

I use Gimp for just about everything I do.

I also have Photoshop, but my only main use for Photoshop is mainly for cropping things with its awesome crop tools, but other than that, I prefer using Gimp, and it does just about everything Photoshop can do.

In my opinon, Photoshop is better. The UI is much easier to use once you learn it, it has more advanced tools, and a really big community. But Photoshop could be overkill for very simple stuff.

If you would only use the program once, i would use GIMP, Photoshop might not be worth the money needed to purchase it

Agreed. Not to mention Gimp (and inkscape) are Linux compatible, which for me is a plus since Linux is my preferred OS.

gimp is a bit harder to use at first but it also allows easier access to the basic nuts and bolts of things.

I used both while in college on various projects and personally prefer Photoshop. It is much more intuitive than GIMP and interfaces better with video editing software than GIMP does. Photoshop also generates better effects and will come out with a cleaner product, keep in mind that GIMP’s products are great and clean, Photoshop’s just look better in large format.

I know photoshop comes with a large price tag but it is a great tool for students to have experience with prior to going to college and would be a great addition to your teams media/marketing side. FIRST encourages engineering students to get hands on with industry standard equipment, it should encourage non-engineering students to use industry standard programs as well.