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Introduction. Introduction to GIMP GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program.


It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible.

GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. Features and Capabilities This is only a very quickly thrown together list of GIMP features. Painting Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone, etc. GIMP User Manual. Dutch (Nederlands) French (Français) German (Deutsch) Italian (Italiano) Norwegian (Norsk, nynorsk) Russian (Pусский) Spain (Español) Swedish (Svenska) Tutorials on Beginner GIMP Quickies Use GIMP for simple graphics needs without having to learn advanced image manipulation methods.

Tutorials on

Simple Floating Logo This tutorial walks through some basic image and layer manipulation techniques. Layer Masks An introduction to using layer masks to modify the opacity of a layer. Basic Color Curves A first look at the Curves tool and adjusting color tones in an image. Photo Editing Digital B&W Conversion Detailed conversion tutorial for generating a B&W result from a color image. Luminosity Masks Using multiple layer masks to isolate specific tones in your image for editing. Tone Mapping with ‘Colors/Exposure’ Using high bit depth GIMP’s ‘Colors/Exposure’ operation to add exposure compensation to shadows and midtones while retaining highlight details. Programming Basic GIMP Perl Learn how to write simple perl scripts using the gimp-perl module (GNU/Linux users only). Automate Editing Using GIMP Python to automate a workflow.

All (Legacy) Tutorials List.

Gimp Beginner

Gimp Intermediate. Gimp Expert. Gimp Photo Editing. Gimp Web. Gimp Script Authoring. Books about GIMP. GIMP User FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions. This FAQ is still a work in progress.

GIMP User FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Some sections are very outdated, other sections should probably be removed, and some new questions and answers should be added. Please contact us if you can improve it. General Information What is this GIMP? The “GNU Image Manipulation Program” (originally the General Image Manipulation Program) sired by Spencer Kimball & Peter Mattis.

In their own words, “GIMP is our answer to the current lack of free (or at least reasonably priced) image manipulation software for GNU/Linux and UNIX in general.” It is a raster editor, which means that it performs operations directly on the pixels that make up the image, and not a vector editor. Where do I get it? Most (if not all) GNU/Linux distributions will support GIMP through their package management systems and may even come with GIMP preinstalled. Why and when was GIMP changed from “general image manipulation program” to “GNU image manipulation program”? GIMP is a stupid name. Is GIMP a GNOME application? Yes. Yes. Mailing Lists. If you want to discuss features, tips, tricks or contribute to the development of GIMP, then we have several useful mailing lists and IRC channels for you.

Mailing Lists

GIMP User The original (mostly unix based) user list. For the everyday user. Here you will find tips for doing cool effects, user questions, etc. Archives: GNOME, mail-archive, Gmane, nabble, spinics Old Archives: mail-archive. IRC Channels. Several IRC channels and mailing lists are available for discussing GIMP-related topics.

IRC Channels

IRC offers real-time communication, but be aware that there may be long periods of silence in the channels when other users are busy or away from their keyboards. When you join the GIMP IRC channels, please do not ask if somebody can help you. If you have a question, ask directly and then wait patiently to see if someone answers. Other recommendations can be found at the bottom of this page. The official GIMP IRC channels are on GIMPNet ( and have existed for more than 10 years.