When I’m working on bitmap or photographs or even when working on exotic web formats like PNG and SVG graphics my GOTO is Gimp.
I got introduced to gimp trough using Linux as operating system and i got used to its interface, its very basic user interface might not be appealing but in functionality it can be compared to Photoshop. Unfortunately, some of the icons, like the one for the crop tool shown, are different from the ones used by Photoshop, so finding your tools back may take some hunting.
If you can’t get used to the interface and want to get back to something more similar in look and feel, try installing the doctormo photoshop tweaks.
To install the pack, you can simply replace the existing GIMP folder on your computer, which is located in:
- Linux: ~/.gimp-2.8
- Windows: C:\Users\[your_user_name]\.gimp-2.8
- Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/GIMP/2.8/ (you will probably need to unhide the Library folder)
Once you done replacing the GIMP folder, restart your GIMP and voila, your back at a similar interface layout as in Adobe CS6.
There are some functions it actually excels at especially in the webgraphics department such as SVG. And together with some of the GEGL (Generic Graphics Library) scripts its perfect in performing automations in Gimp. Those scripts are one of the best features of GIMP, making it an open platform for image processing developers. While Photoshop can be scripted, most image transforms are either “black box” plug-ins or actual built-in commands Gimp is more open and can be customized more thoroughly.
Extended information on gimp can be found on: