In today’s internet world, images speak out the loudest. A perfect picture conveys messages more emphatically than words. Thanks to the photo editing software, that helps the designers making the photos meaningful and well-organized.
Anyway, among all those wonderful photo editor software’s Photoshop and GIMP both are well known. Photoshop does not need any introduction whereas GIMP also has something extra-ordinary. But which is better? And which is worth choosing?
Photoshop is a powerful photo editing and image retouching software application for graphic designers, web developers, photographers as well as for those users who edit as a hobby. It is from the Adobe. inc and compatible for both Windows and macOS. It is used for photo editing, image retouching, image manipulation, photo restoring, image masking, creative designing, and a lot more other services.
GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program which is an open-source and free photo editing and retouching software. It is available for Linux, Windows and macOS. Like Photoshop, it also provides photo editing services like retouching, restoring, photo clipping, masking, color correction, etc.
Features are the items and facilities that any software provides for the users. Take a look at the features of Photoshop and GIMP.
Here, have a look at what are the tools used in Photoshop and GIMP
Now let’s see the basic differences between Adobe Photoshop and GIMP
|Photoshop is a heavy weight photo editing software which is close source and paid||GIMP is a light weight photo editing software which is open source and free of cost|
|It requires approximately 1 GB from your hard disk||It does not take more than 25 MB from your hard disk|
|Photoshop may seem a bit hard for beginners||GIMP is easy to use for all users|
|Available on Windows and MacOS||Available on Linux, windows and MacOS|
|Suitable for profession use||Suitable for general use|
|Photoshop is not very flexible||GIMP is flexible and friendly|
|Can be used on Smartphone||Does not have a Smartphone version|
|Requires heavy duty hardware facilities to run||Does not require any heavy-duty hardware facility to run|
|Batch processing is not very satisfactory||Does batch processing very skillfully|
|Updates are important as it brings many major changes||Updates are not so important, can be ignored|
|It is industry standard software||Community centric software|
|Lots of in-built styles and free styles; even customization is possible||Does not have many different styles|
|Does not support the native XCF file format of GIMP||It supports PSD files so opening and editing the Photoshop files is possible|
If you are a professional photo editor or graphic designer, Photoshop is the best option for you. As it contains numerous editing tools and advanced features, it serves the highest for bringing a professional touch to your works. You will never regret spending money on Photoshop. It even has a Smartphone version. So, choose it if budget is not an issue for you and you need professional standard features for editing and designing.
If you are someone who likes to edit photos for personal purposes, then GIMP is the best match. It also has many advanced features but unlike Photoshop, they are not of high- quality. You can get to know with many features but for using them in professional work is not recommended. Not to forget, it is a free software. Another thing to consider is- GIMP is very light and does not take a lot of space, so you can use it on your laptop. In a word, keep GIMP handy for quick editing and the sake of a hobby.
As we have said earlier, Photoshop is not free. You can choose different packs according to your requirement. For monthly single-use, it costs $20.99 per month. You can buy a yearly pack that costs $289.88 per year. You need to repurchase it every year. Without paying for it, you will lose your access to the software.
On the other hand, GIMP is entirely free of any cost. You can just download it and use it throughout the time you want. The upgrade also does not require any money.
There is no wonder that Photoshop wins over GIMP for its special features and advanced tools. But it is the only thing to consider? Certainly, not. As everyone’s requirement is different, it is not wise to tag something as “best”. If you need professional-quality features and advanced tools, choose Photoshop. If you don’t mind spending money for high-quality editing tools, go for Photoshop.
GIMP also has many special features and advanced tools for photo editing. As it is light-weight and comes free, it is worth choosing for small business runners or personal purposes.
So, there is no winner rather you must choose one according to your requirements.