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Hi :)
Gimp and Photoshop are about as complex as each other.  The interfaces are roughly similar to the 
point where if you have used one you could probably work out what was going on in the other.  They 
do have slightly different approaches which means people familiar with one often claim the other is 
not as advanced or can't do such&such because they don't know how to do it.  It usually turns out 
they both have the same capabilities.  Both have extra packages/add-ons and extra filters/effects 
which you can buy/acquire/download.  

Gimp tries to stay light so that it can work on really low-spec systems but it has a lot of stuff 
you can add to it.  Photoshop possibly has more bloat by default.  [shrugs]
Regards from 
Tom :)  

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Subject: [libreoffice-users] GIMP - was: CNET is claiming the best free MSO alternative is not LO

On 06/07/2013 03:50 PM, Girvin R. Herr wrote:

Kracked_P_P---webmaster wrote:

I need to relearn the interface for Paint Shop Pro X5, when I used 
version 5 since the XP days.  But since I can not get v5 to install 
on Win7 Home Premium that my laptop has, I had to upgrade it and 
relearn the new interface.  Same with PSP 5 or X5 vs. GIMP.  The time 
it takes to relearn how to do the things that comes very easily to me 
with the old interface, well it is very frustrating to say the least 
and has taken 2 to 5 times longer to do the things I want/need to do.
Ahh!  The Gimp.  Great program and I do have some use for it. However, 
learning it has a _steep_ learning curve for me and, frankly, sitting 
at the screen and reading the online manual is not what I would prefer 
using my limited time for.  There are several "learning" books out 
there, but which one is the best one I need to learn The Gimp?  That 
is my problem with it.  Once or twice I fiddled with it and got it to 
do somewhat what I wanted, but it wasn't very intuitive and I feel it 
could do so much more for me.  If I could just get a good book on it 
and sit down and play with it...
Girvin Herr


Yes GIMP has a steep learning curve.  As for learning curves, ever try 
to use Photoshop?  Now that has a steep learning curve if you have not 
dealt with such a package before.  PSP5 was so easy to use and learn, 
plus it had everything I wanted or needed for my work.

Also GIMP does not have all of the "filters" that I had with Paint Shop 
Pro 5 [or the new X5].

If there was an easier and/or better graphics program that I could use 
with Ubuntu 12.05, then I would give it a try.

Sometimes the books I have seen in the stores, or online, seem to be 
written by and for the graphic artist, and not those of us who need it 
for the more simple things, like repairing old photos or dealing with 
simple pixel-based graphics.  for all [most] vector-based graphics, I 
use Inkscape.  I have not really sat down and learned Draw for these 
things, yet.  I am so use to Corel Draw 11, Inkscape is similar enough 
to use, is I am using Ubuntu.  I have Corel Draw 11 on a Win7 laptop.

I just wish I really had the time to sit down and "play" with the 
packages, GIMP, Draw, and others, with a good book of instructions to 
help walk me through the processes.

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