As you may have noticed, I have a link to an outside site called gimp.org Well, what IS GIMP? I hear you asking…
AND, why would I, a paid professional graphic designer who has all of the the industry-standard software available promote a free software that I do not even use?
First of all, not all of my customers, the people who buy digital design elements, are going to be professional designers. In fact, I doubt very much that a lot of you will be, and that is ok, I am anticipating that most of my customers are going to be people with little to no designing background, and I in fact welcome that, and hope that and am even marketing toward that exact person.
The people who buy my products need a simple solution for an aesthetic and probably an affordable one at that. Adobe runs steep, and once you get it, learning to use it without formal schooling can be time-consuming and frustrating at best.
Second, you may wonder why I don’t have a link to Canva or PicMonkey, everyone and their landlord swears by both of those programs, and that is great. They are perfect tools for an average blogger or entrepreneur-on-a-budget. My experience with both of those programs is that they are limited, yes free, but very limited. Some of my overlays can be used in both Canva & PicMonkey, (I have yet to have Picmonkey not crash on me with more than one image open) and I do note that in the downloads that are usable in those programs, as they are popular programs. I may even post tutorials with those programs specifically, but I recommend using GIMP for any editing jobs if you do not use or have access to Adobe products.
Third…GIMP is free. It always has been, and always will be. It has way more options for way more potential and waaaay better designing.
They offer tutorials on how to use the software. http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/
GIMP has incredible support. The users and developers of GIMP have dedicated so much of their own time and expertise to make it easy to understand and learn.
It is a great program, the developers have spent years of their lives tirelessly making sure we have quality free software to do quality artwork. I appreciate that a lot.
So…why don’t I use it?
Simple… I do not need to. As a designer, I started out on GIMP, learning things about color, digital language, and manipulation. It was not too long after I started using GIMP that my friend showed me Adobe Photoshop CS in 2006. Then I was transformed. I began to find the limitations of GIMP that PS could provide, which today, most have been remedied with plug-ins from contributing developers of GIMP, so, my excuse now being that… I am just used to PS. I spent years learning how to efficiently use Photoshop and Illustrator, and to change to GIMP at this point in my life just has not needed to happen.
GIMP also has limitations that do not allow me to use it for professional software. Currently GIMP does not have CMYK availability. I do a lot of print material and need my colors to be a clean as possible, and for that I use CMYK
I do have plans in the future to re-learn GIMP, and as much about the program as I can, and to even to video tutorial and an e-Book about how to use GIMP with my products to create specific thing, blog images, overlays, patterns, etc. for people who do not want to use PS, cannot afford it, or would rather support another software. But for now, I will continue to use Adobe and recommend that people start using GIMP.