I have used Gimp before, but is it really as powerful as photoshop? Are there any better free programs than Gimp?
Why not try them both?
That way, you can see their pros and cons so you can decide whether to use Paint.NET or GIMP.
Paint.Net need many compulsary additional component to install it in Windows.
GIMP is simple.Just install it exe file, then u can use it.
I tried to use GIMP for a few days but I was so well adjusted with photoshop that I even didn't care to search for tutorials on using GIMP. I think GIMP is good but I don't think it will be as good as photoshop.
GIMP is like any other application. The more you use it, the more you learn about it. I started using GIMP with a scanned image that I then colored. That was almost eight years ago on a Linux Redhat. Now I am using GIMP on Windows and it has become easier to use.
GIMP has finally made its windows integrated into a single window, so that it is now easier to use for a beginner.
Earlier, GIMP was a bit difficult to use, because it had scattered windows everyhwere unlike the basic photo editors I had seen.
Now GIMP looks very very easy.
GIMP 2.7.3 has added one of the most requested features in the program’s history: a single window mode. Version 2.7 is part of the development branch, so unfortunately, the feature won't hit most distro repositories for a while.
As I said, because 2.7 is a development branch, most distributions won’t add it to their repositories, and this means that you’ll have to build it yourself. It’s a shame, in a way, because the new window mode might be viewed as a ease of use feature that less advanced users would appreciate. According to this page, it looks like version 2.8 should arrive in about November.
If you want to have a sneak peek at the new development features, you’ll probably have to compile from scratch. As it’s a development version, it depends on some up to date libraries which you may have to add by hand. Fortunately, if you’re an Ubuntu user, you can use this excellent guide to find all the bits that you’ll need.
The one window mode is activated by selecting the option in the Windows menu. So, people who prefer the old way of working still can. It handles multiple open documents with an iconified tab bar that runs along the top of the screen.
I've used it as alternative for Photoshop. I can say it's amazing, though I couldn't get used to it, because of some major differences. But based on existing reviews I would say I will switch to it one day.