by, 30th July 2010 at 12:14 PM (4921 Views)
So today.. I decided to download GIMP and see what its actually like... And well, all I have to say is that its pretty basic. It has some core features, but it lacks many of the things that Photoshop has.
First off, and the most apparent, Blending Effects. You know, Outer Glow, Drop Shadow, Stroke and all that jazz. And those are pretty useful when making banners... Though there must be some roundabout way of doing those. You also can't directly load Brushes. You have to manually paste them into its brush folder. But thats not so bad. What is really bad, is the fact that you have look for fonts manually. Thats right, you have to go the main font folder in your hard drive and take them from there. But it doesn't end there... GIMP couldn't even read most of my font files; not even the default Windows ones. Typing text is also terribly uncomfortable. I mean really... Windows Paint is more advanced than GIMP in that aspect. But I guess nothings perfect. Then again, GIMP is no where close. Atleast GIMP has layers with Layer Blending Effects, which is better than nothing. But layers are still really hard to work with in GIMP. And everything I paste something, I get a weird "Floating" layer... which doesn't seem to serve any purpose, since deleting it doesn't do anything.
Basically, GIMP is okay. Nothing really special. But if used properly, I guess you can make some pretty cool stuff. Take Chocolate Bones' stuff for example. As for me, I'll be sticking with Photoshop. Oh, and if any of you want to see what I managed on my first try on GIMP, then here.
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