When comparing Google Fonts vs GIMP, the Slant community recommends GIMP for most people. In the question“What are the best tools to make simple Social Media graphics?” GIMP is ranked 6th while Google Fonts is ranked 9th. The most important reason people chose GIMP is:
GIMP is completely free and open source, meaning you can use GIMP and all of its features without spending a penny. This makes it an excellent case for artists or designers who may not have the budget to spend over 700 USD on Photoshop. It is also available for free on Windows, Mac OS and Linux. It's licensed under GPL with source code available [here](http://www.gimp.org/source/).
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Pro Open source and free
Pro Live preview
You can live preview fonts in multiple ways - you can view a single word, a sentence or a paragraph with text and font-size of your choice. There's also a poster view that tries putting more fonts on screen at a time by showing only their name without the option of entering your own text, and is the only view option that allows inverting background and text colors.
Pro Sizable collection of fonts
There are more than 600 fonts to choose from.
Pro Easy to filter through fonts
Within categories such as serif, sans serif, monospace, etc, you can adjust desired thickness, slant, width and script to filter the collection of fonts. Additionally, you can also set how you wish to order the fonts (by popularity, alphabet, date added, etc).
Pro In-depth font comparison
Once you've added at least two fonts to your collection you can compare them closely by overlapping them in the compare view. Simply click the review tab at the bottom and navigate to compare tab at the top.
Pro Great for web designers
This repository was designed specifically for web designers. As such it shows the impact of the font choice on page load time, allows selecting only the font styles and sets you need to reduce overhead, and gives multiple methods of integrating the fonts into your website.
Pro Integrates with Typecast
With fonts you wish to use selected, go to review tab at the bottom and click 'Try in Typecast' at the top. Typecast has an easy to use WYSIWYG editor that allows quickly prototyping and testing out chosen fonts.
Pro Free, open source and cross-platform
GIMP is completely free and open source, meaning you can use GIMP and all of its features without spending a penny. This makes it an excellent case for artists or designers who may not have the budget to spend over 700 USD on Photoshop. It is also available for free on Windows, Mac OS and Linux. It's licensed under GPL with source code available here.
GIMP is the most feature rich free image editing tool. It has most image manipulation and workflow tools that you would expect from an image editing software and what it lacks it makes up with plugins.
Pro Content-aware tools with a plugin
There's a content-aware fill plugin available for GIMP.
Pro Modular & single-window interface options
By default GIMP splits out each window, but you can check to use the one screen mode in options if you prefer.
Compared to to other photo editing software, GIMP is very light weight. In addition it isn't very resource-intensive, meaning you can put it on a flash drive and have it with you to load up on just about any computer.
Gimp has less features than programs like Photoshop, but for a beginner, or someone not needing complicated options, Gimp is the perfect choice. It allows you to quickly do basic photo manipulation so you can easily get the product you need without having to worry about complicated features getting in the way.
Pro Full channel support
Con Stale font versions
Con Mainly focused on latin family
Con Unintuitive interface
GIMP doesn't embrace OS X application design, thus Mac users might have a hard time wrapping their heads around GIMP's interface.
Con Less features than other programs
Being a free program, it shouldn't be surprising that it has limited features. For those needing more advanced features for something more professional, GIMP just isn't for you.
Con Lacks adjustment layers
Adjustment layers offer a non-destructive way of combining different photo manipulations. Without adjustment layers the only way to see changes is by irreversibly editing the image.
They are promised in future updates.