Download of the day: GIMP

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GIMP

There are so many brilliant features and powerful tools available for free with GIMP that you'll wonder why anyone pays for Photoshop any more.

Why you need it

It may be the most famous image editor on the market, but Photoshop certainly comes with a hefty price tag. But that shouldn't mean you have to go without powerful imaging software, and that certainly seems to be a sentiment shared by the creators of GIMP.

GIMP (short for GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free alternative to Photoshop that more than holds its own. But don't think that the lack of a price tag means GIMP is lacking in features; it packs enough punch to genuinely rival Adobe's imaging behemoth.

It comes with impressive selection and montage features, various ways to retouch your images, cropping, noise reduction and colour adjustment tools, customisable brushes, gradients and so much more. There's plenty for the more advanced user, too, including layer masks, bezier curves, filters and even an animation package.

The interface is highly customisable, and the GIMP community has produced a ton of excellent plugins that are all free to download. The program is loaded with tutorials and there's plenty of assistance to be found in the active and helpful community, so don't worry if you get stuck – help is always at hand.

We don't have space to even begin to scratch the surface here, so download GIMP and find out exactly why it's such a popular free alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

Key features

  • Works on: PC, Mac, Linux and various other operating systems
  • Versions: Free
  • Dozens of tools: GIMP may be free, but it's not short of features, and has so many useful tools that it can genuinely rival Photoshop
  • Active community: There is a huge amount of extra content created by GIMP users, such as scripts and plugins to give you even more functionality for free
  • Totally free: Unlike Photoshop's eye-watering price tag, you don't have to pay a single penny to use GIMP

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