People that I’ve recently made contact with will often give me a funny look when I mention GIMP. More so if they’ve watched Pulp Fiction and the “Bring out the gimp” scene. Search the web for a meaning and you’ll likely find:

Noun: Twisted silk or cotton with cord or wire running through it, used chiefly in upholstery.
Offensive. A physically handicapped or lame person.

But for many photographers and digital artists it has a different meaning. If I hand you a file with _gimp in the name it’s to make it clear to me that the file is the edited version not the original!

GIMP is the “GNU Image Manipulation Program”

“It is a freely distributed piece of software [from gimp.org] for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.”

This shot for example, had a strobe light behind the subject to light up the backdrop paper. It’s wire trailed off to the right. It was held on a tripod that the lady for the most part was hiding with her legs, but a tiny bit of one tripod leg was showing. Both leg and wire were cloned out of the shot with GIMP.

I first ran the GIMP on a Linux system many years back. I trialled Adobe Photoshop a few years ago, but the vast majority of features I need or want access to are all available in GIMP and I know it’s capabilities well, so the incentive to buy PS just isn’t there. Between Adobe Lightroom and GIMP I have all I need.