GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)

A freely distributed program for tasks like photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.


When you think Open Source software, you may think of half-baked programs too hard to use, or perhaps lacking power. Well, think again. This Open Source image editor packs a surprising amount of power, and is well-designed, if a bit eccentric in layout. Even though it’s free, it compares favourably to the power of Photoshop, and includes many of the kinds of photo-editing tools that come with that program, including filters, effects, masks, layers, and more.

Of course there are the basics tools you’d expect in a photo editor, such as red eye removal, but there is plenty more here. If you’re looking for professional-level photo editing, but don’t want to spend a bundle — or even a penny — this is the program for you.

Note: This link takes you to the vendor’s site, where you can download the version of the software appropriate to your system.

Note from developers: GIMP releases available from and its mirrors contain the source code and have to be compiled in order to be installed on your system.
—Preston Gralla

Platform Version Release Date Size
Mac OS X 10.6 2.6.8 March 26, 2010 76.8 MB Download
Windows 2000, 7, 95, 98, Vista, XP 2.6.8 Dec. 15, 2009 17.4 MB Download

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