Gimp

The GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. But basically the same code also runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X.

You don’t have to spend big money to create really good graphics for your web pages. In fact you don’t have to pay a dime if you use the GIMP. It’s freely distributed and can be used for photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring.

I love all the great filters and scripts included with the software because I can just let my imagination and love of experimentation take over to create some pretty neat graphics.

The effect in the Script-Fu I use the most is the round corners. I can set the edge radius to whatever I want to make the corners more or less curvy depending on my needs. In the sample image here, I enabled the shadow effect to my rounded corner image.

Other scripts included are a button creater, a robust logo effects generator, a brush creator, a sphere creator – the list is endless. To say that I’m impressed with this software is an understatement. You can download GIMP for Linux, Mac OSX and Windows at http://www.gimp.org/.

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