[oclug]for the mac / linux fans
the.angel.gabriel at rogers.com
Sun Jan 12 18:55:20 EST 2003
On January 12, 2003 06:08 pm, Milan Budimirovic wrote:
> Well, I don't care what you say. Sentences should begin with capital
> Photoshop is **not** light years ahead of the GIMP. The only thing it
> has that the GIMP lacks is CMYK support, which is really only useful to
> professional photographer for generating hardcopy. The vast majority of
> people who use Photoshop use it for manipulating web graphics, where the
> GIMP has major advantages, especially with its macro powerful languages
> -- one of which is Perl. :=))
after hearing all the support for gimp, i decided to go back and give it
another try. it was already installed on my box, so why not? (i'd kept it
around in case i needed something quick and simple) and here's what i found:
gimp is pretty damned impressive. it handles masking, blending types and
previews for jpeg compression. it even gzips on-the-fly. pretty cool.
it's lacking however in some very important areas if it's meant to be a
photoshop replacement: (a) no gif preview. you're saving @256colours
whether you like it or not, ie. you can save it as a gif, but don't count on
using it for the web. (b) no knife tool. making one really big 6mb image is
great, but if i can't hack it up into multiple pieces and save each piece
individually in different formats, it's never going online. sure, i can
select, copy paste into a new file, but that's really an excessive amount of
work when you're talking a full web layout. (c) lastly, there's some gaps in
the useability. the right-click system is pretty cool, but there's no "hand"
tool, so i'm having to use my scrolling arrows (very slow) and using the move
tool isn't intuitive. you can't select a layer and move it about, you have
to click on it directly, and if it's buried under 5 other layers... good
some of what i've posted here may be an easy work around, maybe there's some
special button i can click to "lock on" to a layer or something, but
seriously speaking, you just can't compare the two.
"mr. ghandi, what do you think of western civilization?"
"i think it would be a good idea."
- reporter to mahatma ghandi
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