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May 15, 2007

The opportunity log: Gimp

Filed under: Blogroll — wexfordpress @ 7:03 pm
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Gimp is the oldest and most complete rival to Photoshop. It has dozens of filters such as whirl and pinch, oilify and many others. I use it as the front end to Xsane, my scanner program. But once I scan the image in I cannot resist resizing it, changing the dpi, cropping it and so on. Yesterday I picked up a digital shot to be used as the cover background for my latest e-book. After the usual manipulations I added a canvas texture, which blurred the details just enough to keep the photo from distracting from the title of the e-book.

The big drawback to Gimp is its current lack of the CMYK color model. The user can however “soft proof” the document with optional marking of out of gamut colors. there is a newer product, part of the KDE Koffice suite, called Krita. With much fewer features than Gimp Krita does have the vital (for print) CMYK capability. Possibly these two can be used in tandem. Stay tuned.

John C.


  1. Good Article
    Keep up the good work
    really impressed

    Comment by madno — May 30, 2007 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

  2. We are on the same yahoo group. I just thought I’d hightlight this for you, I know if it was my page I’d want someone to do the same.

    “But onc eI scan the image in I cannot resist”
    “A new version is coming out son whihc may give improved CMYK capabilities”

    Perhaps “whihc” is not a typo, if it is not, may I ask what it refers to?

    Also, there are several broken links on your “other indexers” page.

    Your website is a great resource, thank you.

    Comment by Sal — August 13, 2007 @ 5:52 am | Reply

  3. Its also worth checking out Graphic Converter (for Mac) which is almost as good as GIMP and also

    Both are powerful and free alternatives.

    Cheers – JoC

    Comment by typesetter — September 15, 2007 @ 12:16 am | Reply

  4. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. šŸ™‚ Cheers! Sandra. R.

    Comment by sandrar — September 10, 2009 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

  5. Hi, John! After years we have CMYKTool for linux users, very powerful tool to manipulate cmyk colors.

    Comment by teodor — January 12, 2011 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

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