Category: Imaging and Digital Photo
License: Open Source
Requirements: Windows, Linux, Mac
Developer: The GIMP Team
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Photo retouching, image composition and image authoring

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freely distributed software well suited for such tasks as photography retouching, image composition, and image authoring. It really is a powerful application with capacities not found within some other free software. It could be used as a simple paint program, an expert-quality photo-retouching program, a web based batch-processing system, a mass creation image renderer, or an image-format converter. GIMP is modular, expandable, and extensible. It really is made to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do almost anything. The advanced scripting program allows from the simplest job to the most complicated image-manipulation types of procedures to be easily scripted.

High Quality Photo Manipulation
GIMP provides the tools needed for high quality image manipulation. From retouching to restoring to creative composites, the only limit is your imagination.

Original Artwork Creation
GIMP gives artists the power and flexibility to transform images into truly unique creations.

Graphic Design Elements
GIMP is used for producing icons, graphical design elements, and art for user interface components and mockups.

Programming Algorithms
GIMP is a high quality framework for scripted image manipulation, with multi-language support such as C, C++, Perl, Python, Scheme, and more!

Key Component in a Desktop Publishing Workflow
GIMP provides top-notch color management features to ensure high-fidelity color reproduction across digital and printed media. It is best used in workflows involving other free software such as Scribus, Inkscape, and SwatchBooker.

Extensibility & Flexibility
GIMP provides extensibility through integration with many programming languages including Scheme, Python, Perl, and more.
The result is a high level of customization as demonstrated by the large number of scripts and plug-ins created by the community.