Freebie Friday – Gimp

A huge obstacle that is often faced in rural ministry is the lack of funds to buy tools and resources.  To help combat this problem the Rural Ministry Blog has started Freebie Friday!  Every Friday we will take a look at a free resource that could benefit anyone involved with rural ministry.

This week’s freebie is an open source image editor by the name of Gimp (Gnu Image Management Program).  Gimp is a free image editor that contains many of the same features and functions as image editing programs that cost hundreds of dollars.  Gimp will allow you to retouch, crop, re-size, edit, or recolor photographs along with doing image layering.  With Gimp you can save your images in multiple formats like .jpg .tiff .png and others.  Gimp is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux based computers.

Review: I’ve used Gimp for several years and have found that it’s done everything I need it to do.  Of course, I’m not an artistic person by nature, so for someone who is artistic Gimp may not fit the bill.  The interface is fairly easy to use, but I found it does take some getting used to.  The good news is that there are several Gimp tutorials available on YouTube that will show you how to do most anything (just do a YouTube search for “gimp tutorial”).  Gimp is not in the same category as Photoshop, but would certainly meet the needs of the average user.  For a free image editor you can’t beat it!

To download Gimp click here or go to http://www.gimp.org

Disclosure: Neither the Rural Ministry Blog or Harry Colegrove benefit in any way from this product review

If you are aware of any free resources that may be of interest to the Rural Ministry community please let me know!

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