Ubuntu Linux, Day 27: Working With GIMP

I was not able to find a way to reduce noise. Also, there didn't appear to be an eyedropper tool in the hue / saturation adjustment area to pick the color tone I wanted to adjust. These are both part of my typical Photoshop workflow, so lacking these features is a pretty big deal for me. All the typical places I'd think to check to alter the resolution of an image--image properties, canvas size, etc.)--didn't allow editing.

And, it does not appear to be easy to record your own actions with GIMP. As a photographer, I rely heavily on recording my own actions in order to streamline my workflow. I understand that GIMP allows even more complex scripts to be created than Photoshop, but at the cost of ease of use. I didn't delve deeply enough to see if there is an easy way to run or convert Photoshop actions for use in GIMP.

Adobe Photoshop CS5
GIMP will work for most users, but professionals may still prefer Photoshop CS5.
I tried to create a simple graphic for the Web and found the text tool to be clumsy and restrictive as compared to Photoshop. It was more like using a word processing text tool than a graphics program's text tool. The inability to apply styles to more than one part of a text box and the separate text editor pop-up were not user-friendly at all. Once I created my graphic, I had such a hard time finding a way to slice and save it for the Web that I eventually just gave up. If there's a way to do this in GIMP, it isn't obvious or similar to PS.

Okay. That ends the contributing commentary from my wife. I will write the summary. GIMP is powerful. Way more powerful than your average user needs. Of course, so is Photoshop. For some, GIMP may seem a bit much--too many options, and bells and whistles. But, it has the tools to get the job done for most users.

If you're a professional photographer, it could be another story. Granted, GIMP has tools and add-ons you can use to expand its capabilities, but it is still no Photoshop. At least GIMP is free, though, compared with $700 or so for Photoshop CS5, so you get what you pay for, and for most users GIMP is probably a better bang for the buck than Photoshop.

Those aren't the only two options, though--on any platform. What do you use for photo editing? Do you have any additional recommendations for Linux or Windows? Any suggestions for a Mac OS X photo editing tool?

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