In this article, we compare two well-known photo editors. It's about Photoshop and GIMP. Each of these programs has a set of specific functions and capabilities. How do they differ, we will consider further.
GIMP software is absolutely free, so many novice users choose GIMP for further study and work. But some users, on the contrary, are repelled by the product’s free nature and such a program is not used for “serious purposes”. Therefore, we will compare both photo editors precisely from the functional side and will not pay attention to the price factor.
The fact that both programs are functional is really excellent. But this also means that the editor interface is very overloaded with a large number of icons. This is primarily frightening for an inexperienced user, and dealing with such a large number of functions can be very difficult. But the programs in this case provide the ability to customize the interface with the necessary tools “for you”. Everything that is not used can be hidden.
GIMP was previously considered more complex than the well-known Photoshop, but lately a lot has changed and from a multi-window format to a single-window, GIMP has hastily evolved for Windows users. It will take a lot of time to learn how to work with programs, but when you master the basic steps, the work will be much more productive.
Both GIMP and Photoshop have an incredibly large amount of functionality for working with images. If you are not a professional, then less than half of the available functions of photo editors will be enough for you to work. For example, Photoshop has a huge number of tools with which you can do a lot of things. GIMP is also developing quite fast, but since it is free software, developers do not always have time to “catch up” with Photoshop.
GIMP provides a special tool called a repair brush. Photoshop has three repair tools of this type. But this in turn does not mean at all that with the help of GIMP you will not be able to do what with the help of Photoshop. In the case of using GIMP, you just need more time for this task.
If you work with raw RAW format, then both photo editors support it. This is especially true for professional photographers. GIMP is less functional in this regard compared to Photoshop. Photoshop provides a non-destructive editing feature. This function allows you to save the original photo without changes. That is, the editor can go back and change each parameter during editing. Designers are preferable to Photoshop, since it supports the CMYK color model. But if you are not a professional user of photo editors, then GIMP may be a more suitable option for you.
In order to expand the functionality of any program, additional plugins are used. It is theoretically possible to put Photoshop plugins into GIMP. But there are no guarantees that they will work stably. GIMP accordingly has its own plugins for expanding the functionality, but they are not compatible with the popular Photoshop.
Program training speed and productivity
Photoshop, as you know, is not the easiest program for learning. No wonder on the Internet you can find an unlimited number of lessons and instructions for working with the program. In order to master the program professionally, it takes years. This is truly a separate science. But compared to Photoshop, GIMP will not seem easier. And for loyal users of Adobe GIMP products, at least it seems strange.
The advantages of Photoshop in terms of learning how to use the program are a very large number of free lessons that are available on the Internet. In addition, Photoshop provides professional support, unless of course you are using a licensed version of the program. GIMP does not have so many instructions and there is no user support, since the program is free. Photo editors are quite demanding of hardware. But GIMP is still more friendly, it can work on old computers, where Photoshop might not even start. Therefore, the choice is yours!