GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is written on UNIX, is a photo retouching and image composition program. The software is distributed for free and is supported for most of the platforms including Microsoft windows, Mac OSX, LINUX, FREEBSD, etc. The software is a lot of capabilities when it comes to photo editing or batch processing. There are many features of this software that make it widely acclaimed and used from beginner level editors to advanced users. The software supports many of the image formats and supports many additional plug-INS as well. There are lots of features that are worth mentioning in this program and are discussed here.

Digital Photo Enhancement

GIMP can be used to edit or enhance the photos. There are many tools available in GIMP that could easily remove the flaws or imperfections in a picture. Photo distortions caused by flicker of light or tilt of the camera could be fixed with GIMP corrective mode. There are filters that are also available in the transform tools to remove barrel distortion, or enhance the colors of the photos with mixers provided in GIMP. Photo Retouching is nowadays necessary for a likeable photo. This is why; GIMP features the entire advanced tool set, required for digitally enhancing the photo. One can remove the unwanted part of the photo, without actually affecting the quality of the photo. There is a healing tool is available to do a basic retouching of the photo. There is a clone tool, to copy object with in a photo or rearrange it.

User Friendly Interface and Format Support

An advantage is that the user gets the perfect environment according to the task they want to perform. The user interface of the software is already user friendly; on top of that one can also manage the interface in such a way that they could perform advanced tasks easily. The basic interface is the widget theme, which includes options of color changing, to selecting the icon sizes, and selecting the tools one require in the toolbox. There are docks that home these tool, or you can keep them open in a small window. You can recall any hidden tab or window by pressing the Tab button on the keyboard. There is a full screen mode as well so that you can work with a bigger picture without having the need of scrolling vertically or horizontally.

GIMP provides a good support for almost all the commonly used file formats, used in Windows, Mac or LINUX. Formats such as JPEG, PNG, and TIFF along with some multi-resolution formats such as .EXR files are also supported. Users can also use plug-Ins to import and export any format unknown of GIMP. The software also provides support to load or save file from a remote location such as FTP, HTTP. This is especially useful in operating System as LINUX, where thin clients are commonly used. It also supports compression of the files and has a method of automatically compressing the files that are too large.