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  1. Raw photographer

    Raw photographer No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    So I know alot of people use Lightroom and/or Photoshop and that that works great. In fact I wish that I had at least one of the two. I am an amateur photographer and I am on a tight budget so I didn't bother purchasing Photoshop or Lightroom. Instead I looked around for a free alternative, and that's when I found Gimp. So I downloaded it, watched a few tutorials on how to use it and after editing the a couple images I fell in love with it. I use it to this day and it works fine for me. So I was wondering if any of you use Gimp here and how do you like it. If you don't use Gimp I'd love to hear what editing software you use.

    P.s I couldn't find an editing section to post this in.

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    As someone also on a limited budget, I have Gimp loaded onto my home machine.

    There are limitations but for all intensive purposes, Gimp like many other such open source software is typically about 3-5 years or versions behind the big guys.

    There are exceptions to the rule and obviously many differences.
    but simply because it doesn't have a name brand doesn't mean it cannot work.
     
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    Raw photographer No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yup it works for what I use it for anyway.
     
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    I’m using paint.net but it strips the data from my TIFs.


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    Raw photographer No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Ok maybe gimp is something to look into, i find it super easy to use.
     
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    Ysarex Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Raw files only for me and so that negates GIMP which is a pixel editor. I do the best I can to avoid using pixel editors as I want my workflow to be as close as possible to 100% non-destructive and non-linearly re-editable. If I were on a budget then I'd opt to work with DarkTable.

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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    I use other apps for the heavy lifting when it comes to editing raw files, but GIMP is more than what I need to polish them off.
     
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    I use darktable because it's non-destructive. I used to Elements a lot but darktable has pretty much replaced it. Pretty good learning curve if you're going from a pixel editor to it but tutorials will show the way. I've used GIMP to design some board game cards though. It's a very powerful app.
     
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    I use Adobe DNG Converter and Adobe's Lightroom nowadays, and have for several years. I have used Fuji EX Converter, Silkypix, MacBibble, Photoshop 2.5, 4.0, and 5.0, Nikon Capture 1.0-4.1, Canon's DPP, and maybe another app. or two in the past 29 years. Lightroom has been my Main editor since 2013.

    Years ago, raw file converters were few; at first Nikon's earliest .NEF file was un-readable by Photoshop, and Nikon Capture 1.0 was needed.

    Fuji's .RAF file was for a while, un-readable by MOST apps..

    These days, converting exotic or newly-developed raw file formats using Adobe DNG Converter is a work-around to create what could be considered a "universal raw format", openable by many,many applications.
     
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    Cool
     
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    Krita is far better than Gimp. I honestly don’t know why people even use Gimp.

    Photoline32 is another option, I haven’t used it for some time, but it has some very functional capabilities that I wish photoshop had.
     
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    Well, lets try:
    1. I've used it for years.
    2. Tons of 3rd-party plug-ins.
    3. It does everything I need it to do.
    4. It works.
    5. It's free.
    6. I'm an old fart, and I really don't want to mess around learning a new app.
     
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