If you think Photo Shop is way too expensive or too hard to learn. GIMP is a great free yet powerful alternative.

The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free tool (free to download and use for even commercial purposes) for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

Wikipedia defines GIMP as a “free software raster graphics editor”, “primarily employed as an image retouching and editing tool.[3] and is freely available in versions tailored for most popular operating systems, including but not limited to Microsoft Corporation’s Windows platform, Apple Computer’s Macintosh, and Linux.”[download id=”1″]

I believe most users are still using Windows, so our tutorials use Windows as demo but Mac and Linux users should find no problems following most of our lessons.

The great news for Windows users is that you can put the whole GIMP program in a USB drive or CD after downloading and installing the Portable GIMP (now updated to version 2.6.11) on your hard drive first.

After installing it and don’t know how to start doing useful things? Let’s get started with our first GIMP lesson: Running GIMP for the First Time [next]
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