Last Updated on October 22, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla
Adobe Photoshop will set you back at least 9.99/month. Other plans will cost from $10 to about $80/month. Fortunately there is an open source image manipulation program that is free.
If you have websites you will probably need a good image editor. Some of the things you might do would be:
While a full featured image editor gives you almost unlimited power over your images, the learning curve is extremely steep.
If you want to remove extraneous people and objects from an image, it can be done with Gimp. However, the process is manual and a bit tedious. There are inexpensive alternatives such as InPixio’s Photo Eraser that do a very good job and require a fraction of the knowledge and effort. Photo Eraser specializes in removing objects and does a really good job. But it doesn’t have other features such as sharpen or color adjustments.
The program is GIMP which stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a free, open source application. A majority of the really useful plugins are also free. The GIMP site describes the program as:
GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.
You can download a copy for your operating system from the GIMP Download Page.
Gimp has a number of extensions and filters. Unfortunately the plugin registry has had issues and is a static site as of January 2018. That means that the ability to post questions about plugins is not available. Some of the plugins and filters will have their own support on their site.
Hint -You can search for plugins with internet searches such as GIMP montage plugin
There are some things to consider:
NOTE – There are discussions and plans to change the name of the application as there are some negative connotations to the use of the word GIMP.
GIMP is a great free Photoshop alternative for specific situations. This is true of other open source applications such as LibreOffice. If you are watching your budget, open source applications can be extremely useful.
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