Although Photoshop is the world’s leading photo maniupulation tool, its not exactly cheap. If you are looking for a free alternative but don’t want to lose all the things that make Photoshop so great, then The GIMP is worth a try.
It’s not often that a program migrates from Linux to Windows but that’s what happened with The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Programme). The program is completely free, available on all platforms and best of all, it has most of the features that you’ll find in Photoshop. You can save and open files in 34 different formats and its also useful for quick-converting image sizes. And what’s more, if it’s extensibility you’re after, the GIMP can handle most Photoshop plugins.
A handy menu at the top of the program gives you access to all of The GIMP’s key features and a navigation palette helps you steer your way through an image when you’ve zoomed-in to work on details.
Of course, The GIMP can’t compete with Photoshop in every test (like certain image rendering tasks) but it’s about as close as you will get to the real thing without spending the dollars.