Of all important elements needed for good website designing, stunning graphics are in the big league. Text content is, okay, equally vital. But, what bespeaks an idea more readily is a stunning, comprehensible picture. Images and photos make people stay longer on a website and increase the chances of their re-visiting it again.
And this is exactly where comes in the need of some great image-editing software. But, the dilemma here is to know which editor serves the purpose most competently. Well, the list is very long. So, I’ve picked up just two to compare – GIMP and Photoshop, which are believed to be the best image-editing programs ever developed in the entire industry.
But, of course, this debate can never pass so lightly. Still proceeding, anyway…
The free-of-cost to a behemothic extravaganza predicament:
GIMP comes without your pocketbook having to undergo some severe damage. It’s a freely distributed open source program that is used worldwide, especially for those corporate purposes of image retouching, composing and authoring. On the contrary, Photoshop or PS in short, comes for a hefty price and is very, very complex. Why bother paying when you can have your work done without spending a single penny?
The appetite for space and hardware resources consumption:
The fact is that GIMP requires only one-twentieth of the hard disk space needed by PS. So, for those who do not have adequate device memory, the former is heaven and the latter is only a brouhaha for fire and brimstone.
Operating System compatibility perplexity:
GIMP is compatible with a range of Operating Systems while PS is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X only. This is both an advantage as well as a disadvantage at the same time.
The advantage is that, with GIMP, non-Windows and non-Mac OS X users do not have to bother to have a good, working image editor installed in their computer systems. On top of that there’s the free availability of the software smiling upon them. The disadvantage is that GIMP isn’t as efficient as PS. Remember how the latter enables using Pantone colors loved by all professional graphic designers? PS is, undoubtedly, by far, the best image authoring and editing tool as per industry norms.
As such, how can GIMP possibly outshine the so-powerful PS ever?
Popularity speaks. Who remembers the second?
If you run a survey, every 8 out of 10 tech-savvy layman would prefer PS to GIMP. The former is like the undisputed king of all image-editing software. Any other, be it GIMP or anything else for that matter, will always have to fly ahead or at least come at par with this popularity peak. Only then can the rest of the debate proceed. PS is, but, a huge mammoth and GIMP only its tusks.
After so much discussed and said, it still isn’t very easy to determine which software is the best. Like I said, this debate won’t pass so easily. Both the programs are awesome. Both have their own set of faults and fine points. But yes, GIMP can never, ever be a PS SUBSTITUTE, come what may. Of course, it can surrogate its absence when needed. But it never can and never will replace the mighty Photoshop.