If you ever take photographs, there’s a good chance you’ll have hundreds of pictures on your Mac that need editing and tweaking at some point (if you don't already). But if iPhoto and Preview don't seem to be up to the daunting job, and you can't splurge on Photoshop, give the free GNU Image Manipulation Program (or GIMP, for short) a try. Here's a guide to get you started with this surprisingly robust program.
While Adobe Photoshop is the image editor of choice for many Mac users, its high price keeps it from being an option for many of us -- so the news that free alternative GIMP now comes with a Mac OS X installer is like music to our ears.
The newest installment of Photoshop is now available, but the price tag is probably not too attractive to the average consumer. Though Adobe undoubtedly delivers incredibly reliable and versatile products--not to mention user-friendly--there are free alternatives that can get the job done as much as their pricey counterparts. Take Gimp, for instance. This open source image retouching and graphics editing tool can emulate most of Photoshop's features at absolutely no cost to you. It recently became available for the Mac OS X operating system and now we're here to help you get acquainted.
The thing with open source applications is that, because they have so many developers coding away at them at once, they can be confusing at times. We've compiled a small selection of tutorials to give you a basic introduction of all the essential tools in Gimp--and show you what this free application can really do.