The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a very popular free alternative to Photoshop. However, Photoshop users have a hard time to switch to GIMP because of the difficulty to locate Photoshop’s features in the GIMP. Fortunately, the GIMPshop developed by Scott Moschella can help these Photoshop users. GIMPshop is a fork of the free/open source GIMP, which changes the layout of the user interface to mimic Adobe Photoshop. Its primary purpose is to make Photoshop users feel comfortable using GIMP. GIMPShop was originally developed for Mac OS X, but has been ported to Windows, Linux, and Solaris.

GIMPshop is a powerful Photoshop look-alike. It modifies the menu structure and adjusts the program’s terminology to closely match Photoshop’s. Though GIMPshop does not support Photoshop plugins, all GIMP’s own plugins, effects, filters, brushes, etc. are supported. If you are looking to do basic photo-retouching, or something far more sophisticated, like work in multiple layers, I think GIMPshop has the tools you need.

Besides the GIMPshop site, you can find some tips and tutorials of using GIMPshop at the and the UpState Forums.

About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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2 Responses to GIMPshop

  1. Amy Thornton says:

    I am very excited to learn about this software. Although, I am a Photoshop user and it is very unlikely that I will stop using Photoshop anywhere in the near future (since my work purchases the software for me), I always love learning about free tools. I do workshops for the Boy Scouts teaching them about free Web tools and how to use them. This is a great tool I can add to my list of freebies to give them.

    I downloaded GIMP to try it out (there is a Mac version – YEA). It’s a little weird, at first, because it comes up with X11 (might be just on the Mac) and I wasn’t sure what was going on. It’s also a little weird that the menus don’t appear at the top of your screen just on the palettes that pop-up (also might just be on the Mac).

    I only played around with GIMP a little and since I’m so used to the menus in Photoshop it is hard to get use to the different layout, because it doesn’t have the same menu options that Photoshop has. The tools are organized a bit differently and might not have the same names as the ones in Photoshop. I wasn’t crazy about the fact that when you add text to your image, it pop-ups a text editor. I prefer doing the editing on the image itself. Although, it does look like if you dig a bit you can make it work and accomplish the same tasks in GIMP that you accomplish in Photoshop.

  2. chris says:

    the only problem i’m having with this program is , when you download it for free i guess , there is no help files . if you get stuck , or don’t know the terminology , you can’t just click help and look it up . what gives ? am i just dumb or what ?

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