Gimp and Inkscape

Now here are two programs i have used. They are open source which means FREE! Once again, they are great for those of us who do not have money.

Gimp is a rastor graphics based program similar to Photoshop. Because it is open source, it is for all platforms (mac/pc/*nix). I’ve used it and it is a good program. In high school, i took Photo Journalism my sr year. It was the first year of being digital so we were the first class to touch photoshop. We had daily assignments and most of them couldn’t edit the photo’s outside of class. Some buddies of my told me of a program called Gimp. This let me do a lot out of class and you almost couldn’t tell the difference between the 2 almost. There are things Gimp cannot do that Photoshop can. But you get what you pay for.

Inkscape on the other hand is a vector based program. Vectors is line where as rastor is pixels. In other wards you blow a vector graphic up the size of the moon and it won’t distort. I’m not a big fan on inkscape, but that is because i’ve worked with Illustrator so much. Though it is a nice little program, i feel rather limited. One of the things i like to do in illustrator that cannot be done inkscape is vectorizing a photo. That aside, for basic vecor graphics it is a great program for drawing.

Both can be somewhat difficult to use and it takes a while to get use to, but once you get good you do some pretty impressive things.

~ by thekiltedartist on December 7, 2008.

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