GIMP is an open-source free raster graphics software. It is used for image editing and retouching, free-form drawing, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks. Under GPLv3+ licenses, it is released. It is available for Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.
Here are some advantages
- GIMP is free opensource software. All software related updates are also free.
- It works the same as other commercial image editing programs and can do most of the same thing, but at a cost of zero.
Since GIMP is free, you can install it on many computers as you want.
- The basic installation is easy & time-saving than many of its commercial counterparts. GIMP will run on any old computer – even if it is slow. But some commercial software doesn’t support this.
If you need help you can consult with the community of GIMP users and enthusiasts.
- There are GIMP enthusiasts who make all sorts of scripts/plug-ins/brushes/tutorials for the software – and all of these are also free.
- As GIMP is Open Source, so you can use the code for something else.
- Without using pirated copies of commercial software you can use GIMP as it is legal & free of cost.
The disadvantages of GIMP
These are the main drawbacks of GIMP.
- No way to select multiple layers
- In GIMP can’t apply same text styles to multiple text layers
Can’t add effects to editable text
- Without using the plugin, there is no way to export images optimized for the web.
- Buggy – it does crash occasionally.
- Arranging layers is not so easy. It does not support group layer.
- Poor (or virtually nil) support for vectors.
Though all the disadvantages can be overcome.