Gimp has a good reputation for being able to do a lot of things. Some people find the interface intuitive enough but many find it confusing. Myself, and maybe I'm biased after years of Photoshop, but I find it very confusing. But it is free and always worth a shot.
Whilst still a novice at all of this I do use Gimp and find it great, I have not used Photoshop and so do not have to 'unlearn' menus, commands, shortcuts etc.
There are also a number of scripts (plug-ins in PS speak) which can do some interesting things.
Give it a go and save a bit of cash...
Once you have used Gimp for an hour or so you'll quickly find you can utilise many of the PS tutorials to be found on-line within Gimp, just the occasional bit of hunting within the Gimp menu to find the appropriate command but it is all there somewhere and the basics around layers etc apply equally to Gimp.
>Does anyone know anything about GIMP? I am not in a position >to buy CS4/ lightroom right now, and was wondering if this >would sufice for right now. Thanks Jan >
I have used GIMP for a few years for general image manipulation and currently as a backup to Capture NX2. However with the superb functionality of Capture NX2 I very rarely need an alternative.
For me, the only shortcoming of GIMP is it not being able to edit 16 bit per channel images(48bits). The developers are currently in the process of rectifying this but I don't know when a 16bit version will be released.
If you give GIMP a good weeks trial I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
No, GIMP is not lossless in the true sense of the word. It is quite possible to destroy pixels in GIMP which are unrecoverable once you have saved the file.
I suggest you only work on copies of images and when in GIMP use layers. Using layers means it is easier to undo pixel blasting edits until you save the file. Having the original untouched means you always have something to go back to if you mess up the copy you are working on.
This advice would be the same if you were using a similar program such as Photoshop Elements.
I have never used CS4 and so do not know for sure if this is lossless but I do know that Lightroom does indeed offer a lossless workflow.
>>Is there a Gimp support forum on Nikonians? > >Don't know. > >To find out, check out the Nikonians Forums Lobby which is >linked at the top and bottom of this page. > >There is a considerable amount of user information and support >for GIMP on the web. A simple search will reveal it. > >Good luck. > >Peter > >
Didn't find one, there. The "Workflow" forum has Gimp threads.