Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Open Source Photography
GIMP is an absolute essential. Although not exactly a "Photoshop Clone", it has a similar set of features. To say it's a "clone" would be doing it a dis-service! GIMP is every bit as good as PS in every way - it does it all - it is quite similar, has its own set of creative filters and script add-ons, and will now even run some PS add-ons.
Next is Photivo. It has been compared to both Elements and Lightroom in function. Although most powerful as a RAW Processing Workflow Program, it will do amazing things with any image file - not just RAW format. I worked the above picture through the many "sliders" in Photivo while it was still in my Canon Raw format until my own eyes were amazed, before exporting it to GIMP for a final resizing and conversion to JPEG.