Many of us have that penchant for comparing something with another thing of the same nature, and hence, many of us can’t help but compare GIMP with that of Photoshop. GIMP is a free open source program and it was developed as a project by Peter Mattis and Spencer Kimball in 1995 and was later on released in 1996. They designed GIMP not as an alternative to Photoshop; yet people can’t help but compare GIMP to Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop is an expensive program and comparing it to GIMP would be unfair to the developers of GIMP. But, since GIMP is open source software for photo editing, other people can’t help but make that comparison.
It is not fair to compare GIMP with Photoshop because GIMP is a bit younger than Photoshop and Photoshop already have a longer history of innovations and development. Photoshop has been here for almost three decades, while GIMP is barely 20 years in existence. Moreover, Photoshop developers have been reaping a lot of profits from the sale of Adobe Photoshop software, while GIMP is accessible and usable for free. Hence, compared to people, we could say that Photoshop is a salaried one while GIMP is like a charitable volunteer who doesn’t earn anything from what he gives out. Likewise, Photoshop was designed to be distributed commercially while GIMP is just a project of two very intelligent guys in the University of California. Hence, there is a big discrepancy as to the reason why these two programs have been created and developed. GIMP is an open source computer program, and as such, anyone can improve on it because it is open for tinkering and innovation, unlike Photoshop which is developed in-house by its developers. If it turns out however that the software of Photoshop become Photoshop Free for all, then anyone would be justified in comparing GIMP with Photoshop. However, Photoshop at the onset of its publication wasn’t free. In fact, it is very expensive, and with all these profits from its sale, it is but natural for its developers to be able to avail of the services of most talented computer programmers to further innovate and improve the features of Photoshop software.
GIMP and GIMPshop
Since GIMP is an open source computer program, others can improve on it and innovate it. Hence, in 2006, a guy named Scott Moschella endeavored to improve on it to make it more accessible and easy to use for those who are already using Photoshop. Hence, he came up with a GIMP’s modification which he called GIMPshop. He intended to replicate the common feel associated with the usage of Photoshop and was successful with that endeavor.
However, his work in developing GIMPshop was faced with vehement resistance from the developers of GIMP, and to some extent, he was greatly discouraged to work further on the project and improve on in. Hence, for several years, GIMPshot’s development seemed to wallow in the quagmire of stagnation. Good enough it is an open source program and people can readily join the bandwagon of enthusiasts who want to further improve GIMPshop. Right now, GIMPshop has been steadily gaining a lot of patrons and aficionados, and with further developments, it will surely become a very good program for photo editing.