How to Get GIMP Free Photo Editing Software

What is GIMP?

GIMP is a free open source program. Programmers from all over the world collaborated to make a photo editing program similar to Photoshop.

As a developer of “how to” blog posts, I use it multiple times a week to illustrate various points.

Where can I get GIMP? 

You can go to a website such as UberDownloads and download a free copy of GIMP. Disclaimer: I found two major disadvantages to downloading the free version:

  1. I don’t know if UberDownloads even existed when I first downloaded the program. However, when I downloaded a free version, it somehow came with lots of advertisingGIMP that took me hours to purge from my system.
  2. By searching online and experimenting, it took me hundreds of manhours to develop the level of expertise I have now. PhotoEditorX comes with a large numbers of tutorials that will teach you how to do just about anything you want to do with GIMP.

For those reasons, I suggest you

  • Go to the PhotoEditorX website,
  • Scroll all the way to the bottom and
  • Click the Download Now Button.

You can buy it for $47 USD. Not only do you get GIMP, but you get a large number of tutorials that will teach you how to get the most out of GIMP.


How to add identical borders to either side of a picture

If you decide to skip PhotoEditorX and download a free version, here are a few things to help you.

Sometimes you will want to centre a picture within another rectangle. I GIMPhad to do that yesterday when I was writing an article called How to Insert Social Media Icons Into Email. When I first pasted 4 social media icons into the post, they were all touching and it looked unprofessional.

I decided to add a 5 pixel bar to each side of each logo. So, here’s what I did using GIMP:

  1. Went to Image > Scale Image and changed the height of each icon to 50 pixels. This meant that, for instance, the Twitter logo was now 61 px wide.
  2. The toolbox showed that the background colour wasGIMP white. For the Twitter logo, I had to make a white rectangle that was 50 px high and 71 px wide. I went to File > New to do that.
  3. I clicked on the Twitter logo to select it, pressed Cmd C to copy it into the clipboard and then pressed Cmd V to paste it into the white rectangle. Because GIMP automatically centres images pasted into a rectangle, the bar on either side was 5 pixels wide. I clicked on the outer edge of the new rectangle to anchor the logo. Alternately, I could have right-clicked in the Layers panel and clicked Anchor Layer.

To show you the final product, I wanted it to have a black border so that it would look more artistic. The image with the white bars on each side is 71 px x 50 px.

So, I changed the background colour to black and decided to add 2 px to the width and the height. I created a 73 x 52 px black rectangle and pasted the Twitter logo into it. I right click in the Layers panel and selected Anchor Layer.

The result is the Twitter image you see above.



Go to a free tutorial on how to get started.




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