Know someone who prefers Photoshop over the GIMP?  Or even worse, do they think the GIMP is a method actor in a Quentin Tarentino film?  Photoshop is a great tool, the default for graphic designers and webmasters who do thier own images, but it’s not Open Source.  Don’t already own a license for for PS?  If you’re looking at having a completely Open Source desktop and have image creation/processing needs, the GIMP deserves a chance to earn your business.  Note:  Codeweavers.com has support for various versions of Photoshop on Linux, check out what they have to offer if you have a Windows License for PS.  While you’re there, check out the other applications in the compatibility database so you know where you stand for a Linux Desktop deployment.

One of the awesome features that the GIMP allows is the ability to perform things such as image-resizing, touchups and many other tasks in an automated or scripted fashion. Nothing like having to resize an entire site’s worth of graphics one by one to make you want to have a graphics program that supports automation.  Heck, even the GNOME project owes it’s existence to the GIMP,  the GTK toolkit was the underlying toolkit that helped Miguel de Icaza create what we know as GNOME (GNU Object Modeling Environment) in the first place.

In this light, to find more out about the GIMP, check out this roundup of tutorials from the Tutorials Blog.  I need the GIMP now and then, but some of these walkthroughs go way beyond casual use, you can become an Open Source Graphics Powerhouse if you work your way through a significant portion of these tutorials.

Prediction:  Skip (Desktop and Thin Client GOD) is going to throw a bolt at my fanboy-ism of the GIMP, let’s see if he can keep from commenting on this post…..

RossB

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