About GIMP

This page provides a short overview of the GIMP application.

What is GIMP?

GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program (formerly General Image Manipulation Program). GIMP is a free graphics editing package. It is typically used to do things like:

It's basically a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Most of the things you can do in Photoshop you can do in GIMP.

What does GIMP look like?

Here's what GIMP looks like in normal editing view. There are many other dialogs that you can bring up depending on what your task is, but this is the basic view. We will be looking at some of the other dialogs later in the tutorial.

Screenshot of the GIMP

Features & Capabilities

GIMP is loaded with features. If you've ever worked with commerical programs like Photoshop, you'll be familiar with many of GIMP's features.

Below are some of the main features of GIMP. Don't worry if you've never heard of these features - we'll be covering many of them in this tutorial.