Aug 162010
 
So…What is GIMP?

GIMP is a free graphics tool that can be used by both Windows and Mac users. Here are some of it’s features:

  • Simple graphic functions like those found in the Windows ‘Paint’ program
  • Photo retouching
  • Image file format conversion
  • Image layering
  • Animation

And because it is open source and designed to be expandable and extensible it means plug-ins can be installed to increase functionality.

How do I get Started with GIMP?

Obtaining a copy of GIMP is not as straight forward as you might think, and going to their download page http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ is rather confusing. Therefore, you may want to use these links instead:

What Will it Cost Me?

Nothing. GIMP is a freely distributed software application.

What platform is it available on?

Gimp is available for both PCs and Macs.

Jun 142010
 
So…What is Paint.NET?

This is a free tool for Windows that allows users to manipulate images.

Don’t get this tool confused with the Paint utility that ships with Windows, this is so much more. It includes features such as layering, special effects and unlimited undo history. Paint.NET has also been designed with the beginner in mind, so should be easier to pick up than the likes of Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter Pro.

How do I get Started with Paint.NET?
  1. Go to http://www.getpaint.net/download.html
  2. Check the system requirements before downloading as this application is processor hungry and can use up a lot of your hard-disk space.
  3. Download and Install.
What Will it Cost Me?

Paint.Net is a free image and photo editing software package.

What platform is it available on?

Sorry Mac users, this one is just for Windows.