Photoshop is one of the most popular, and powerful photo editors available today. It is also one of the most expensive. With a license for Photoshop CS3 Extended costing around $250, some users may not be willing, or able, to buy a license. That’s where GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Project) comes in. Open source, completely free, and feature rich, GIMP provides some competition for Photoshop. The interface of GIMP is very similar to that of Photoshop, and many of the tools available in Photoshop are also in GIMP. One difference that I found however was the lack of “Selective Color” tool in GIMP. Which is useful for sprucing up the sky, as seen in the comparison below (click for full size view):
While GIMP may not have every feature of Photoshop, you can’t argue with the pricetag. So, if you are looking for an advanced photo editor, and are on a budget, give GIMP a try.