Wednesday, July 18, 2012

GIMP 2.8 Review

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a software which I had been using for image manipulation and am comfortable using it. I haven't used Adobe PhotoShop, but GIMP really cuts my requirements for this blog and for general purpose photo processing. Also, there are a lot of nice tutorials on GIMP.

Here is a nice glossy button's I have created with GIMP using this tutorial. The banner for this blog has also been created using GIMP only.

Ubuntu repository contains GIMP 2.6 which is nice for all the basic requirements, but one thing which really bugs me is the `Multi-Window Mode` as shown below. The windows keep floating and it's difficult to manage multiple windows.

GIMP 2.8 has this nice feature called `Single-Window Mode` besides other features which makes it easier to manage in a single window as shown below.

The below commands will remove GIMP from Ubuntu (if installed) and will install the latest version of GIMP (2.8), which has the `Single-Window Mode` feature.

sudo apt-get purge gimp*

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gimp

`Artists Guide to GIMP` is a book I would recommend for those who are starting with GIMP.

Have a nice time with GIMP !!!

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