GIMP 2.8 - Bloody amazing

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Mrkvonic, May 21, 2012.

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    I'm the fanboy, baba ba da bo! Here's a lovely jubbly review and image tour of GIMP 2.8, a free, cross-platform image manipulation program, featuring single-window mode, image tabs, layer groups, save vs export functionality, old plugins support, new file format support, Linux installation via PPA repository, cool screenshots, and more. Gotta check it.

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gimp-2-8.html


    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  2. moontan

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    tnx m8!

    the single window mode is my favorite new feature.
    that feature really makes the GIMP a very good alternative to every other image editors out there.
    including Photoshop.
     
  3. 1chaoticadult

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    Haven't try GIMP in a while. I will give the new version a test. Thanks.
     
  4. Tyrizian

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    I will post these images (In addition to Mrkvonic's post http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gimp-2-8.html)

    As you can see, the single window looks a lot better/cleaner looking
    OneWindow.jpg


    I like what they did with the startup logo as well, looks professional
    Intro.jpg

    Note: The dark theme you see in the image is not included with GIMP 2.8.
     
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  5. moontan

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    okay.

    so where do we get it? :)
     
  6. Tyrizian

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    I am not sure if I am able to post direct downloads here, don't want to go against the terms of service. But, I will link you to the YouTube Video that I found on it. In the YouTube description, it has the download link to it. Download is legit, and virus free.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxtwjxf5tLI

    You'll have to copy and paste the url, since Youtube linking doesn't work at Wilders

    The theme that I am using, which is also what you see in the screenshot is called....Tactile
     
  7. twl845

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    I'm not familiar with Gimp. Is this a photo editing app? If it is, it looks like it might be a replacement for my Photoshop Elements. :)
     
  8. 1chaoticadult

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    Wow nice. That theme looks great and I like the single window.
     
  9. Tyrizian

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    Yes, it is a photo editing application.

    If you do replace it with this, think about the benefits you'll have...

    100% Completely FREE

    If upgrades are available, no need to keep buying discounted upgrades, it's always free to you. Imagine how much money you'll save by using this as your replacement.

    It has a very strong feature set

    Community base is large (For plugins, modifications, brushes, etc.)

    These are the reasons why I use GIMP instead of paid options.
     
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    Yeah, the Tactile theme is probably my favorite out of the bunch.
     
  11. dw426

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    GIMP is basically an alternative to Photoshop, but the similarities are just not there. That's not saying it's a bad program, in fact it's pretty darn good if you don't have the ability to purchase better. Photoshop Elements, imho, gives you more and, should you decide to splurge on Photoshop, you'll feel right at home.
     
  12. moontan

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    i've used both Elements and the full blown Photoshop.

    they are both excellent.
    but in this economy, i can't justify of paying the upgrade prices of Elements every year or so. :ouch:
    i've been feeling the pinch and switching most of my paid apps to free ones.

    Gimp has all the features i need.

    Unless you do business with clients that absolutely needs to have original PSD and AI files then the GIMP and Inkscape can do the job very well. :thumb:
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    tnx Radeon for the links! :)
     
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    Can you do what Photoshop can in GIMP?

    Like remove an object from an image easily, create professional logos easily, etc?
     
  14. moontan

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    yes, it can be done inside GIMP.
    you're only limited by your skills and times.

    i just started using the GIMP lately so i'm no expert.
    i haven't tried the object removal thing inside GIMP so maybe others can chime in.

    logos are best created inside vector graphic apps like A.I. or Inkscape.
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    if you are using the PortableApps version of GIMP here is the location to put your themes:
    ...\GIMPPortable\App\gimp\share\gimp\2.0\themes
     
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    To remove an object from an image, I use a combo of three tools

    Select Clone Tool
    Hit Ctrl to choose the area you want to clone
    Then I paint over the area that needs to be removed

    Then to spoof it up a bit I use the Heal Tool, Ctrl and then choose the area to fix.

    Then I use the smudge tool to carefully blend the area I am working on.

    Those are the steps I use, and it is fairly easy and quick.

    I use to do this a lot in GIMP 2.6, haven't used 2.8 enough to know if it works the same way.

    You can create some nice logos as well, Professional looking and with good results. But I use Serif DrawPlus X5 for making my logos.
     
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    Thanks for the info Radeon0101 and dw426!:)
     
  17. Phant0m

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    GIMP 2.8 is really nice.

    Regarding removing objects with GIMP. Besides what has already been listed, I also use Resynthesizer plugin - http://www.logarithmic.net/pfh/resynthesizer

    Doing web logos GIMP does the trick, doing vector graphics to be scaled up to even billboard size, I tend to use Inkscape and GIMP.
     
  18. bgoodman4

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    Can this version of GIMP work with 16 bit files. For me thats a deal breaker if it can't. In the past I used both PS & GIMP and once I started doing 16 bit I had to let GIMP go. Would be nice to get it back into my work flow.
     
  19. moontan

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    not at the moment, but it's coming eventually:
     
  20. Tyrizian

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    No problem twl845 :thumb:
     
  21. berryracer

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    Thanks for the tutorial :)
     
  22. Tyrizian

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    HaHaHa, No Problem

    :D Sometimes I get a little carried away in my replies
     
  23. bgoodman4

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    Thanks for the info, much appreciated.
     
  24. Robin A.

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    I have installed v. 2.8 on Windows 7 x64 several times. In each case, the program has crashed when launched for the first time, sometimes also in the second launch. Afterwards, it works normally.

    EDIT: When the program is launched for the first time, an empty window appears and it seems that the program has crashed. The program really crashes only if this empty window is closed. After waiting a bit, the program starts normally.
     
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  25. moontan

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    same here.
    i think it needs to decompile on the first run.
    works fine after that.
     
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