Something I’ve discovered over the time that I’ve been doing photography is just how much trouble I have editing digital images. Seriously, my wife can open up Photoshop on her Mac and do some amazing things, while I’ve tried a variety of Windows apps, including Gimp, and I just have never quite gotten the hang of doing anything successfully. (Unless you count taking a perfectly good photo and turning it into a disaster. That I’m quite good at!)

Part of the problem, of course, is that most on-line tutorials, and the training docs my wife has are for Photoshop, and since I don’t want to spend that much money, they just confuse me even more. I know Gimp has much of the same functionality as Photoshop, but it’s difficult to get into.

‘Lo and behold, the other night I discovered a version of Gimp that has been hacked to have a similar look and feel to Photoshop, including similar menus and names of options. It’s called GimpShop, and it’s open source, just like Gimp is. This might just help me learn how to use Gimp better, since now I should be able to take all that Photoshop documentation and apply most of it to my use of Gimp. We’ll see how this works out…

Speaking of photography, earlier this week I was looking for a photo to print out and get framed for a friend of our’s birthday and stumbled into a photo of a sunrise I had taken at Myrtle Beach in 2004, and realized that I had a number of photos that either hadn’t included on the galleries for some reason, or never bothered to create a whole gallery for, that I still have sitting on my file server. Tonight I started going through and adding some of those to Flickr as well, so look for more of those!

Tags: GimpShop, Flickr, Photoshop

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  1. Very handy isn’t it? I installed it myself a few weeks ago and it makes it helpful for use with some of the photoshop tutorials out there. Not everything is there, but a really good part of it.

  2. You forgot to mention that I did give you a little tutorial with some of the basic functions (levels, layers, selections) with the old version of gimp. I should be able to really help you with this improvement.

  3. You are correct, I neglected to mention the help you’ve already given me. I think you’ll like trying to help me with this one much better!

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