GIMP - Alternative to Photoshop?

Services for Real Estate Pros with J Gettings Photography

In response to someones question about GIMP.

GIMP is open source (i.e. community built freeware) raster image manipulation software that gives you many of the capabilities of Photoshop without the financial investment.  While the user interface is not as user friendly as Photoshop (at first glance) it is very functional. 

GIMP uses the same layer set up as Photoshop and has the ability to be augmented with a plethora of plug ins.  Currently, there are over 100 plug ins available!  It has a scripting interface that allows you to set up standard task scripts that will save you a ton of time if you process a lot of pictures the same way (everything from simply resizing to a specific size and renaming the file to very complex scripts). 

You have a very good selection of file types to work with: bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, as well as others.

You can use GIMP to eliminate barrel distortion and perspective distortion (great for windows and doors that look distorted) mixing, digital retouching....was that bathroom missing a mirror when you took the photo?  That's ok, with GIMP, you can add one back in!

There are a ton of brushes and selection tools that will really help you bring your pictures to the place that you want them to be.  Like any other software that is available, there is a learning curve.  Some folks can do amazing things with GIMP, while others will have trouble opening up a picture in it. 

I love my Photoshop, but, I am a professional photographer.  If you are interested in trying GIMP, you can go to the following website and download it for free.  Remember, there is no warranty with GIMP, but hey....Its FREE!!

GIMP Screenshot

Comments (8)

Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

Yeah it looks good. I was going to be doing an update on photochop today. I just didnt get to it yet. Thanks for the heads up here!!

Oct 31, 2008 06:07 AM
Debi Braulik - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale

Thanks for the recommendation. I don't have photoshop so maybe that will help me navigate through the program. I will have to try it out!

Oct 31, 2008 06:13 AM
Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

Jeff I just wrote a post and linked it to this one. I figure you deserve the credit about GIMP. Thanks for the heads up again!

Oct 31, 2008 06:22 AM
Kevin Sandridge
Signature Home Funding - Winter Haven, FL
Winter Haven Mortgage Broker

Jeff, Welcome to the Rain!

Kevin Sandridge, here.  I joined the Active Rain community not too long ago myself and wanted to drop a line to share some of the good vibes and welcome wishes I have received already.

I'm very excited about this community - basically because folks seem so willing to help out, provide industry insight, and share their good news and experiences!

On Gimp - this tool Rocks!  Free is definitely much better than the hundreds PhotoShop costs!  May not do all that PS does... but works for me!  :)

A few things: 

One:  Be sure to include a good amount of information on your profile page.  Check out the profiles on other Realtor's sites here on Active Rain who are listed as "Featured" or "Tops" in their area (look for high point totals).  You'll find that this will seriously boost your presence on ActiveRain - via the added points. 

Two: I urge you to keep blogging on this site!  You will be AMAZED at the awesome feedback you receive very soon after they hit the network!  I use Google Reader to subscribe to blogs that provide me with ideas about what I'd like to comment on - both industry wise and just for fun!  Check it out I am more than willing to step you through the site and to help you get a few more blog posts generated if you wish - as a way of adding some value and paying forward some good networking vibes!  :)

Three: Keep adding these great posts about what you think and consider pertinent regarding your area of expertise!  You'll notice that many if not all of the Featured posting bloggers here on AR do this.

Lastly, I do quite a lot of work via social networks, email campaigns, and relationship building.  If I can ever be of any assistance, don't hesitate to ask.

Looking forward to what you'll share with us all here on Active Rain!  :)


Kevin Sandridge

Winter Haven, FL

Oct 31, 2008 07:50 AM
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi Jeff, Welcome to AR, Be a Blogholic and start writing your own blog soon on AR. All the best for your RE business. This is the right place for customers, friends, realtionships etc.

Best - Sash 

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Nov 01, 2008 01:36 AM
Kirk Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC Realtor -Short Sale Expert! - Greenville, SC
Kirk Westervelt, Broker In Charge, Van West Realty - CDPE - Short Sale Agent - Home for Sale - Greenville, Simpsonvil...

Hello and welcome to Active Rain! I encourage you to learn from others, share your knowledge and experiences with all of us, enjoy yourself, and try to log in and join us in the Active Rain community as frequently as possible. I look forward to your future blogs and comments! Take care, --Kirk.

Nov 01, 2008 02:39 PM
Scott Magaw
The Bill Kennedy Team - Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to active rain! By joining our community, you have made a great choice, and a very profitable choice. This is a great site for learning as well as sharing. Check out some blogs, join some groups, and enjoy! -- Scott

Nov 01, 2008 03:21 PM
Sandra Gibson
powerplaymmp - Allen, MI

Welcome Jeff,

Thanks for sharing.  I use Ulead which does most if not all that Photoshop does at a pittance of the cost.  Free is even better.

I look forward to seeing what else you have to say about virtual tours

Sandra Gibson
Power Play Multi Media Productions
South Central Michigan RTV Virtual Tour Provider

Nov 02, 2008 10:20 PM