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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:05 am    Post subject: Gimp Vs Photoshop Reply with quote

When it comes to creating textures and pictures for products and product pages as well as icons I've always depended on my good old Gimp.

I do my best to have a standard of quality in my creations and pics which I know there is always room for improvement. And I don't mind admitting I am not satisfied with were I am and I am working on getting better.

But as I am striving to become better and better at this developing craft and also increase my degree of skill in terms of editing I get a little bit frustrated because when I push myself and finally think I am making progress I would see individuals coming forward with extremely amazing high quality products and even equally amazing pics etc that's light years advanced to the steps I would have just made.

It makes me try to push myself even more harder with Gimp as my editing program.

However, I am beginning to wonder is there truly any value in the long debated issue as to Gimp not really being on par with Photoshop and am I putting myself at a disadvantage in terms of being a Gimper rather than a Photoshop user?

Does it really matter when it comes to texturing of products and photo editing what editing program one is using as long as they have the skill to use it properly or does the program itself give the user an advantage as well?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use GIMP for several reasons
- Most of the program I use are open-source and I would like to stick to that
- Windows and Linux (I use Mint) supported
- Better UI - no menu nesting and hidden options

But as far as the debate goes: use whatever you're comfortable with - you're not at a disadvantage if you use GIMP. It's the artist and not the equipment that create quality products.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

still learning more gimp but I miss my photoshop...trying to save up for a new one.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is all a matter of being used to a certain program.
Which one is better? That's up to the creator.

I use Paint Shop Pro (the one and only PSP before Playstation started using it) for more than 15 years already. and I love the results that I'm getting while creating.
I tried Gimp at work because I had to make some graphic designs there) but thought I had to make to many steps to get where I wanted while in PSP it to less.
I also have Photoshop somewhere on my harddrive but because I'm so used to PSP it is hard to start using something different for I still keep searching for the same options as I'm used to.
I'm an autodidact and that means that I still find options that I never discovered before almost every month Smile
The point is that I myself don't like tutorials, I want to discover things myself because that way I remember it better.

Design with whatever's best/easy for you.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:44 am    Post subject: gimp vs. ps Reply with quote

Difference between Gimp and PS is that Gimp is for free, PS you need to pay up. I use Gimp to edit my product textures, they look great! But both programs are pretty much the same thing.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photoshop.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alem wrote:
Photoshop.


Photoshop what?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skill is skill, the tools are always secondary to that. That said having the most powerful tools at you fingertips and skill with them is always a plus.

If you feel you have hit a wall and you have the financial means to get Photoshop then I say go for it! It may just give you the creative boost you need to push you to the next level. (note: when I say Photoshop I am referring to Photoshop CS. PS Elements is an inferior 'freebie with purchase' product that you should avoid.)

Yes, Gimp and Photoshop can do much of the same things and some things Gimp is even better at! But where Photoshop excels is in the gravy. There are a ton of things PS can do that Gimp cannot. PS also has vastly superior educational resources (books, periodicals, online tutorials) as well as powerful plugins. Also not to be overlooked, proficiency in it is a real world markitable skill that many businesses look for.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To borrow from KittyDesigns... I also am an autodidact (self taught) user. My preference is Photoshop over Gimp because I learned it first and did not want to totally relearn an editing program when I had a perfectly good working one already.

After about ten years of exploring Photoshop and dabbling in other programs I finally took a few courses at the Art Institute so I could have "formal training" in many adobe programs including Photoshop. I was surprised that in the classes for their digital arts diploma the only new tools I learned were how to finally mask properly and the new puppet warp tool had just come out so I learned that also.

My point to telling you this is.... you can learn a program and create really cool things by exploring and experimenting on your own. And there are always more tools and methods for using them than you realize.

That said I have a friend who still creates things a pixel at a time in Microsoft Paint. You know the program that comes preloaded in your Microsoft computers. Her work is EXCELLENT!

There are programs that make some things easier but you still have to learn the ins and outs. The differences between Photoshop and Gimp are slight and the final product depends on the skill of the artist. We all can keep improving.

Even though I learn best experimenting on my own I still like to see tutorials that can lead me in a direction I might not have thought of before. Then it's a matter of imagination taking over from there.

So my advice... unless you want to spend money on a program that you will have to learn to translate features, filters and techniques to then you might consider just advancing your skill level with an equally impressive program that you already have a considerable amount of time and effort put into.


........................edit to add.............

I just saw Keef's post and realized we are looking from different views. If you are considering a profession in graphics Photoshop does have many advantages over an open source program like Gimp.(as was mentioned) Photoshop CC (the cloud version) is also a good professional version of the program. Most employers will prefer to see standard programs you buy over open source programs. (ie: Photoshop, Illustrator, 3dStudio Max, Dream Weaver, etc...)

If you are doing graphic work as a hobby or just for IMVU Gimp still has plenty of firepower for you.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love GIMP. I admit, I'm not as good as I want to be at devving, but trying to learn a new editor would be difficult this far along. The price is right, too!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have seen excellence from creators using gimp, and excellence from creators using photoshop. On the other hand, I have seen not so great things from creators using both programs. I think you just need to practice practice practice with whichever program that you choose. I still don't know what all of the buttons and gadgets in photoshop can do, and keep trying to learn. I started with ps and have not gone back and learned gimp. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're new to graphics, then I highly suggest you pick Photoshop even though its paid. GIMP is free, meaning less updates. Photoshop is a more recognisable program. If you later decide to do a degree in graphics or something, they will teach you the Adobe programs (Photoshop), not GIMP. I'm a GIMP user, and I highly regret not learning how to use Photoshop instead.

And to answer your question, it does matter what program you use. Both do similar things but Photoshop has more features. GIMP's rendering is poor whilst photoshop's is much better, especially when it comes to GIF animations (for icons).
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:24 am    Post subject: Re: Gimp Vs Photoshop Reply with quote

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When it comes to creatng textures and pictures for products and product pages as well as icons I've always depended on my good old Gimp.

I do my best to have a standard of quality in my creations and pics which I know there is always room for improvement. And I don't mind admitting I am not satisfied with were I am and I am working on getting better.

But as I am striving to become better and better at this developing craft and also increase my degree of skill in terms of editing I get a little bit frustrated because when I push myself and finally think I am making progress I would see individuals coming forward with extremely amazing high quality products and even equally amazing pics etc thats light years advanced to the steps I would have just made.

It makes me try to push myself even more harder with Gimp as my editing program.

However, I am begining to wonder is there truly any value in the long debated issue as to Gimp not really being on par with Photoshop and am I putting myself at a disadvantage in terms of being a Gimper rather than a Photoshop user?

Does it really matter when it comes to texturing of products and photo editing what editing program one is using as long as they have the skill to use it properly or does the program itself give the user an advantage as well?

Sigh! Sad


i also use gimp but what alot of people do not know is their is extensions you have to ad when u download gimp its just basic but you have down load extensions to make it more advance for graphics when i found that out my work came out so much better so much more options functions to use.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well i use both actually ... i like photoshop but its so similar to gimp if u ask me its matter of how u use them not what program to use well anyway good luck if u use any of them Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I use a variety of programs. I have experimented with many thus far ;however, as a beginner, I used Gimp. It was free to use ;therefore convenient to experiment with ,as well as, no loss toward purchases unwarranted.The education that Imvu provides at present was not available at the time and basically we were self taught. I believe that if you wish to succeed here,you must first and foremost educate yourself with the many outlets and forums provided here,prior to choosing what program would fulfill desires at most, to complete your creations. Everyone has to start somewhere; I have no regrets using gimp in past or present; however my choice to further educate myself lead me to experiment with many other programs and tools,inclusive. Best wishes with your choices and many blessings always~
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