Although many people that have bought the Photoshop program consider it money well spent because it can provide them with all the imaging tools that they need. Plus they find Photoshop Free actions are available such as tutorials which assist them in getting the most out of the program however, some people are equally as happy and find that they have all they need from the Gimp program which is similar but is free. They have also discovered that there are also free tutorials for Gimp and so need to pay nothing to enable them to complete any image editing they are required to do or want to do.
The Photoshop program is very extensive and covers such things as colouring, focus and even video imaging and so requires a very large program which of course takes up space on your hard drive. The Gimp program, although being able to do almost as much, only uses 1/20th of the space on your hard drive, a definite bonus for those that have old or small hard drives and saving space is critical. Many users of the free Gimp have found, after comparing it with Photoshop that it has better and easier to use tools than the Photoshop which they had to purchase. As the Photoshop has so many features, there are many different tutorials teaching how to use each to its best effect and many of these tutorials are free. This is where Photoshop does possibly have an advantage over Gimp. Although both of them tutorials and both even provide certificates for completion of some, due to Photoshop’s name, it is far more known and accepted than certificates from Gimp. The wide range of tutorials offered by Photoshop are good in so far as they deal with different aspects of the program separately which means you do not have to spend hours learning about an aspect that you may never use. From colourizing black and white images or converting coloured images to black and white, use of video, editing and many more tutorials are available depending on what purpose you want to put your Photoshop program to.
In Gimp providing an image editing program, they are trying to offer this useful technology to the public for free, instead of having to pay Adobe for Photoshop. As far as that goes, Gimp have certainly done a very good job, with almost all the aspects of Photoshop being available on their program, sometimes with tools which are easier to use than Photoshop. There is however one aspect of Photoshop that cannot be found on Gimp and that is Pantone colours. Pantone colours are specifically good for matching images with print and so is one of the favourite tools for website developers. Unfortunately Gimp does not provide Pantone colours but in all other respects is possibly as good as Photoshop in most respects. If you are therefore considering getting one of these programs, it would probably make sense to try the free one first.