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Old 10-02-2018, 05:15 AM
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Hi All,

For anyone wondering if there is a good FREE photo editing package out there, there is.
It is called GIMP and you can get it at https://www.gimp.org/

Once downloaded, it will open in separate windows. We don't want that. It's overly intimidating and distracting.

Change to 'single window mode' - it looks simpler.





We're ready to go. Let's open a file. Hit 'Control and O' or File > Open to open the photo you want to work with.



It might be the wrong way up. You can change that!



What if the photo is massive? You can't upload big pictures here. Use the 'Scale' option.



Make sure you use the small icon that looks like a chain link to keep the width and height ratio linked. It will look weird if you don't.



But what if the photo is too big for your screen? Change the viewing size.



Maybe you want to play around with the photo itself. There are filters galore but for basic adjustments, there is 'Brightness & Contrast' or 'Hue & Saturation'

Brightness and contrast first.





Hue and saturation are on the same menu as above.
Use the lowest set of sliders - ignore all the stuff at the top of the window.



When you're happy with the photo and are ready to save it, here's the pinch, do not click 'Save' on the file menu, click 'Export' instead.
(Hitting 'Save' saves the project file, not the image)



So there you have it.

Play around, give it a go. Once you get confident with the basics, it's pretty straight forward. You can crop, select and even use layers if you want to.

Hope you find his useful. Any questions, just ask
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Old 10-02-2018, 08:42 AM
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Thats just the ticket I needed...

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Old 10-02-2018, 12:07 PM
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I've heard of GIMP but never used it. Looks good.

Really helpful - thanks so much for sharing.

Best wishes

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Hope it helps you both
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Hi NorthernGuy,

thank you for showing GIMP. When using it, you should not forget the plugin GMIC http://gmic.eu/ which adds a lot of creative and enhancing filters. For a quick touch up it is my first choice.

On the other hand GIMP has one downside - it cannot work with RAW files directly. If you are on Linux you could give Darktable https://www.darktable.org/ a try. A steep learning curve, but quite powerful.

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That's a great review of what you can easily do with Gimp, a full tutorial would take foreeeeeeever After seeing your pics of it, I would say it looks pretty straightforward and excellent as a free download
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Thank you for sharing. I will try it
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Old 11-02-2018, 06:03 AM
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Hi NorthernGuy,

thank you for showing GIMP. When using it, you should not forget the plugin GMIC http://gmic.eu/ which adds a lot of creative and enhancing filters. For a quick touch up it is my first choice.

On the other hand GIMP has one downside - it cannot work with RAW files directly. If you are on Linux you could give Darktable https://www.darktable.org/ a try. A steep learning curve, but quite powerful.

poppy
I will be installing that plug in for sure. Thanks.
I don't use RAW but I appreciate serious photographers will want to store uncompressed images. Just a hobbyist
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