Software : GIMP : GIMP


(as of 9/17/2015)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Resembles Adobe Photoshop but for free
  • Supports many of the popular formats such as JPEG and PNG
  • Offers over 100 plug-ins to extend functionality
  • Contains editable text layers

GIMP, which stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a graphics editor used for editing, retouching, and converting images. It is available on Linux, Windows, and Mac platforms.

GIMP is a layer-based image editor that resembles Adobe Photoshop. It has a large amount of capabilities, it can be used as an online batch processing system, an image format converter, a mass production image renderer, and a photo retouching tool. GIMP has a full suite of painting tools, such as Airbrush, Pencil, Clone, and Brush. It has editable text layers, effects, filters, transformable paths, quickmask, full alpha channel support, and has over 100 plugins available that extend capabilities.

GIMP supports many of the industry-standard image formats, such as JPEG and PNG. The program uses a proprietary file extension (.XCF) but opens and exports to many different graphics files, such as .PSD, .JPG, .PDF, .PNG, .BMP, and .TIFF. You can also create templates from the edits and settings you have for your images to make editing tailored more to your preferences.

GIMP is a very capable image editor. It resembles the layout and provides many of the capabilities of Adobe Photoshop. It can also open many of the industry standard file formats. Throw in the fact that GIMP is free and you have a very attractive image editor.

▶ Primary file extension

.XCF – GIMP Image File

▶ Other file extensions used by GIMP 2

Supported File Types
.AIAdobe Illustrator File
.CR2Canon Raw Image File
.DDSDirectDraw Surface
.DGTDST Thumbnail File
.DIBDevice Independent Bitmap File
.FITSFlexible Image Transport System File
.G3CCITT Group 3 Fax Image
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.ICOIcon File
.JBMPJAmes OS Bitmap Image
.JFIJPEG File Interchange Image
.ORAOpenRaster Image File
.PCXPaintbrush Bitmap Image File
.PEFPentax Electronic File
.PGMPortable Gray Map Image
.PIXAlias PIX Image
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PNMPortable Any Map Image
.PPMPortable Pixmap Image File
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.PTXPentax RAW Image File
.RASSun Raster Graphic
.RAWRaw Image Data File
.RGBRGB Bitmap
.SCMGIMP Script-Fu Script
.SUNSun Raster Graphic File
.SVGScalable Vector Graphics File
.TGATarga Graphic
.TIFTagged Image File
.TUBPaintShop Pro Picture Tube
.XBMX11 Bitmap Graphic
.XPMX11 Pixmap Graphic
.XWDX Windows Dump Image
Additional Related File Formats
.APMAldus Placeable Metafile Image
.GBRGIMP Brush File
.GGRGIMP Gradient File
.GIHGIMP Image Hose File
.ICONIcon Image File
.PATPattern File
.RSSun Raster Graphic
.SRSun Raster Image File
.VBRGIMP Parametric Brush File
.WMFWindows Metafile

Updated: September 17, 2015