GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)

Note: This review addresses v2.6.8 of the software.

When you think Open Source software, you may think of half-baked programs too hard to use, or perhaps lacking power. Well, think again. This Open Source image editor packs a surprising amount of power, and is well-designed, if a bit eccentric in layout. Even though it's free, it compares favorably to the power of Photoshop, and includes many of the kinds of photo-editing tools that come with that program, including filters, effects, masks, layers, and more.

Of course there are the basics tools you'd expect in a photo editor, such as red eye removal, but there is plenty more here. If you're looking for professional-level photo editing, but don't want to spend a bundle--or even a penny---this is the program for you.

Note: This link takes you to the vendor's site, where you can download the version of the software appropriate to your system.

Note from developers: GIMP releases available from and its mirrors contain the source code and have to be compiled in order to be installed on your system.

--Preston Gralla

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