I use both gimp and photoshop and find it questionable that anyone laugh at GIMP.
If they do so you have to question why? I feel they have little knowlege of image manipulation programs if they belittle GIMP and don't recogise its' greatest strengths.
-simple layout of menus
-the best selection tools I've used (I feel like I'm suffering when I have to use photoshop)
- covers the most important photoshop use cases (bar high end photography needs)
-much more that I take for granted
I know so much more is coming in the next release that is amazing, more visibly planned. Soon enough they are targetting high bit depth image processing which many use as reason to only give a cursory glance at GIMPs strengths.
More than this, there is no illusion amongst the developers of GIMP where its strength and weaknesses lie.
I could easily write a blog post stating why I feel GIMP is in position to be a better program than photoshop for most people in ten years time.
Summarised it would be: It's focus is smaller and targetted to what counts, as such the number of developer hours required is reduced sub stantially and the quality increases dramatically.
the comments I am getting from some yahoo answers when GIMP is suggested are basically laughter, and that photoshop should be had instead.probably one of the most glaring things missing which serious users are missing are REALLY DECENT Camera RAW format tools and conversions for all the camera that have it - especially hasselblads. just make sure that when you have your adjustments, they are properly organized. make it really easy to use.some of the things I like about photoshop like Vibrance and some of its adjustments seem to be missing in GIMP (or people just don't know what those things are called, or they just don't work the same). I don't know if you can add that functionality in GIMP or not.
in fact, make GIMP really easy to use, and powerful.make animation part of the package instead of a separate piece. some of us are losing out.make menu items intuitive. File,create for doing scanners is not intuitive. File,Scanners or File,Acquire is easy to understand.adobe photoshop filters (Mac or PC) should be built in. people should have to install a plugin. GIMP without photoshop filters is practically useless. such as alien skin's eye candy... (I think the company name could be changed)
GIMP should be powerful.photoshop already has optional OpenGL 3d capability...not to mention you can photo a room and it can count items on a picture and measure items in a room and give you room dimensions.
like I said, people laugh at GIMP...so... what is GIMP trying to be?-------------
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