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Linux.com: Gimp vs. Photoshop: An Amateur Artist's View

Sep 29, 2000, 07:59 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Naru Sundar)

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"As an amateur artist, I've worked with many different media. In my early years, I tried everything from oils to watercolors to charcoal. For the past nine years, though, I've focused mainly on digital artwork both for personal pleasure as well as for websites and applications. Before I became a hardcore Linux user, I used Photoshop in W****** as my primary graphics program. About seven years ago, though, I left the crash-ridden, bug-infested world of W****** and entered the wild and lush world of Linux...."

"A Photoshop user dropped in front of a Linux desktop running Gimp will find that most of the menu layout is similar to that of Photoshop. In terms of tools, the Gimp matches tool for tool against the most current version of Photoshop. Layer features and masking are also very similar. There are similar sets of built-in filters as well; in fact, filters are one of Gimp's standout features."

"One of the key sections where Photoshop still holds an edge is in its support for CMYK. All of Gimp's operations currently takes place in RGB mode, where all color values are stored as fractions of red, blue and green. Industrial print methods require color separations in cyan, magenta yellow and black. Since Photoshop was designed from the beginning with industrial support in mind, it came out of the box with CMYK support. This is one of the main reasons why the Gimp will not earn much support in professional print design circles. On the positive side, a Gimp developer mentioned to me at LWE2000 that CMYK support is planned for Gimp 2.0."

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