When comparing GIMP vs PhotoFiltre 7, the Slant community recommends GIMP for most people. In the question“What are the best free Photoshop alternatives?” GIMP is ranked 2nd while PhotoFiltre 7 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 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
Pro Portable version
Pro Allows quick access to predefined folders
A toolbar at the top of the interface allows quick access to predefined folders that allow quick access to selections, masks, patterns.
Pro Allows adding to and substracting from selection
It's possible to add to or subtract from a selection using ctrl and alt keys.
Pro Supports masks
Masks (called PhotoMasque in PhotoFiltre) change the alpha channel based on the mask.
Pro Has an erase tool
The erase tool works like a brush revealing the bottom layer.
Pro Automatic stroke and fill option
Lets you fill in and draw an outline of a selection.
Pro Supports several layers types
PhotoFiltre supports bitmap, text, settings (gamma, contrast, hue) and color (transparency) vector types.
Pro Reasonable selection of brushes
PhotoFiltre has round, square and oblique line brushes of different sizes and allows custom shapes to be used as brushes. Gradient colors as well as effects such as 3D, pastels, charcoal can be used with brushes.
Pro Multiple selection methods
PhotoFiltre allows selecting via shapes such as rectangle (square and rounded), ellipse, triangle and rhombus, or in a free-form way. Selections can be saved to be used later.
Pro Good selection of filters available
Includes filters that allow adjusting brightness, contrast, saturation, gamma as well as stylize the image with watercolor, pastels, Indian ink, pointillism, puzzle effect filters.
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.
Con Poor performance
Con Some PhotoFiltre functionality is locked behind a paywall
The following features are available in PhotoFiltre Studio X:
- Animated Gif
- Vectorial Path
- RAW Format
- 8BF Filters
- Tool Nozzles
- Tool Deform
- Tool Retouch (red eye, ...)
- Advaced and Inverse Eraser
- Perspective correction
- Horizon correction
- Border effects for layers
- Transparent gradient in Alpha Chanel
- White Balance
- Adjust filter using curves
- Deform using curve