GIMP – Best free Adobe Photoshop alternative

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free Adobe Photoshop alternative and is an open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, resizing, cropping, photo-montages, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks.

This walkthrough guides you installation of GIMP to your windows computer. It includes 2 subsections.

1.Download and install GIMP.
2.GIMP User interface.

1.Download and install GIMP

Download the latest version of GIMP from

GIMP a free Photoshop alternative


Select Download GIMP directly.

GIMP a free Photoshop alternative


Once you download the file, run the setup and install to the preferred location of your computer.

GIMP a free Photoshop alternative


Click Finish to close the setup and to run Speccy utility on your computer.

2.GIMP User interface.

GIMP is presented in two forms, single and multiple window mode; Version 2.8 defaults to the multiple window mode. In multiple window mode, a set of windows contains all GIMPs functionality. By default, tools and tool settings are on the left and other dialogues are on the right.

GIMP a free Photoshop alternative


A layers tab is often to the right of the tools tab and allows a user to work individually on separate image layers. Layers can be edited by right-clicking on a particular layer to bring up edit options for that layer.

Main GIMP features are;

1.Full suite of painting tools including brushes, a pencil, an airbrush, cloning, etc.
2.Tile-based memory management so image size is limited only by available disk space
3.Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high-quality anti-aliasing
4.Full Alpha channel support
5.Layers and channels etc.

GIMP a free Photoshop alternative


You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP Thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins. GIMP provides extensibility through integration with many programming languages including Scheme, Python, Perl, and more.


Anwar Yakkiparamban

Anwar Yakkiparamban is the founder of Lauyou Learning. Prior to Lauyou learning, Anwar worked at ARD Engineering & Development, Qatar. He holds bachelor degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Govt. Engineering College Idukki.

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