any substitute of photoshop??

India
June 5, 2008 9:54pm CST
i have switched from windows to ubuntu (linux), and i am really happy and with this transition. I have found a substitute for almost all windows applications (even better ones). But the only thing that i miss on ubuntu is photoshop. The best opensource application available there is Gimp, but it is far behind photoshop in ease of use and features.
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@owlwings (41801)
• Cambridge, England
15 Jun 08
The Gimp has got a good deal better since I last used it. It looks like the next version will be a very strong contender against Photoshop. The Gimp runs natively under Linux (Ubuntu included, of course). The interface is rather different from Photoshop though the concepts are much closer to Photoshop than, say, to Macromedia's Fireworks (which is now Adobe, of course). There is a very good comparison of Photoshop and The Gimp here by a guy who uses Photoshop at work and The Gimp at home. It's well worth reading and might encourage you to give Gimp another try: http://grimthing.com/archives/2007/01/11/Gimp_vs_Photoshop/
@owlwings (41801)
• Cambridge, England
15 Jun 08
It's worth mentioning that the review is already a year old. I believe that he's talking about a version of the Gimp that has already been superceded. My copy certainly seems to have some functions that he says are in development. As you can see, whether you choose one or the other depends on what you need to do with it. You would hardly go out and buy an architect's drawing pen merely to write shopping lists ... on the other hand, if you have one in your pocket, it will do the job. You are lucky that you have Photoshop, perhaps. Personally, I found it too complicated and prefer Paintshop Pro (which is cheaper) but find the Gimp loads a lot quicker and, together with Inkscape, does all the things I need it for.
@owlwings (41801)
• Cambridge, England
15 Jun 08
Here are some Gimp tutorials that are probably worth playing with: http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/gimptutorials/GIMP_Tutorials_Learning_The_GIMP.htm
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@owlwings (41801)
• Cambridge, England
19 Jun 08
Luvuman mentions Inkscape, another excellent freeware/opensource GNU project. Inkscape is a vector-based graphics program, with more similarities to Corel Draw than to Photoshop or the Gimp (which are bitmap editors with some vector capabilities). Inkscape and the Gimp work very well together. I might use both, for example, in designing a logo. One of the tasks I use Inkscape for a great deal is in tracing a bitmap to turn it into a vector graphic (a collection of lines and filled objects). As you probably know, if you have a small bitmap picture which you need to enlarge by several hundred percent, you cannot go very far before it becomes 'blocky'. One solution is to use a 'tracing' program to select the elements of the picture and turn them into a collection of 'objects' which are defined by 'paths' and can be printed at any size you want without any loss of detail. This works best for line drawings and rather simple bitmaps. You can achieve interesting and artistic effects with photos but the result is a simplified representation - something like posterization.
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@eXxodus (204)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Yeah, although GIMP is harder to use, I think it's going to be your best alternative, unless Photoshop does actually come in Linux versions. The gimp homepage has some tutorials that are okay (http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/), and this website (http://www.gimp-tutorials.com/) has a bunch too.
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@sharky05 (47)
9 Jul 08
THIS MAY BE OF INTEREST FOR YOU: (sorry for the caps, but I think this could solve many of your problems) At http://www.gimpshop.com/ a whole load of people are working on a project which adapts gimp so the layout and behaviour mimics photoshop to quite an accurate degree - the menus are renamed so they have the photoshop names and lots of other tweaks can be used. It also works for windows, mac and debian (presumably all linux distros than)