Digital Darkroom Software

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 7th Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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We, professional photographers use photo editing software packages like Adobe PhotoShop CS5 that has a street price of almost $700. The $700 price tag put it out of reach for most amateur photographers and even out of reach for many freelance photographers. Adobe PhotoShop Elements 8 is a more affordable alternative to CS5 with a street price of $100, but it lacks many of the useful features that CS5 has. A free photo-editing program is almost as powerful as PhotoShop CS is.


Have you tried the photo editing software that came with your camera and have become frustrated by its limitations? Are you dissatisfied with the software available on the online photo printing sites that you use? Have you been toying with the idea of moving up to a more powerful editing program but have been scared off by their price tags? There is marvelous news for you. A free, photo-editing program is almost as powerful as the Adobe PhotoShop CS5 photo-editing programs that us professional use is. That free, powerful photo-editing program is called GIMP.

Free to Download – Free to Use Forever

The GIMP download is not one of those 30 day free trial deals where you have to give a credit card number to download and then get charged for it at the end of the trial period if you forget to cancel. GIMP is 100 percent free, forever, but that does not mean that you cannot register it and receive automatic software updates as well as extensive online help in using the program. This is one of those rare times, when something that sounds too good to be true, really is true.

System Requirements for GIMP

GIMP Version 2.6
Download size 4.25MB
Operating System (OS) requirements: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows VISTA

GIMP Is A Professional Grade Editing Program

GIMP supports all popular digital photo files formats (JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF and .PEG) except for RAW. That should not be a problem for you unless you are a professional photographer or have professional digital SLR cameras. Entry-level DSLR cameras and most Prosumer DSLR cameras do not offer the option of shooting in the RAW file format. By the time you need to shoot in the RAW file format, you will be earning enough money with your cameras to move up to Adobe PhotoShop CS5.

GIMP Has A Gentle Learning Curve

Unlike Adobe PhotoShop CS5 and most other professional programs, GIMP is very user friendly with a friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI) and a gentle learning curve. Adobe PhotoShop CS5 has a very steep learning curve and takes months, if not years to master.

I will be writing more about using GIMP from time to time to help you start using it.

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author avatar Brenda Shelton
8th Sep 2010 (#)

Great information.Thanks.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Sep 2010 (#)

You're most welcome, Brenda.

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author avatar Retired
10th Sep 2010 (#)

A very helpful article, me too use a free software to change and experiment my clicks.Thanks a lot for sharing.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
10th Sep 2010 (#)

You're most welcome Suny.

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