Free alternative for Adobe Photoshop – GIMP

Our designers of Personal Thesis use the different programs from the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. They have been trained making a professional thesis lay-out using these programs. Are you interested in doing the layout of your dissertation yourself? We can imagine that you might not want to invest in these expensive Adobe programs. Therefore, we will tell you more about a free alternative for Adobe Photoshop in this article.

Adobe Photoshop

Nowadays, Adobe Photoshop is much more than just a program for editing images. It has become a concept that most people are familiar with. How often did you hear someone ask if a photo was edited? Not that often probably, as most people refer to it as ‘photoshopping’. The functionalities for editing photos in Photoshop are numerous, the possibilities are unlimited. It might be quite intimidating to work with a program that gives you so many opportunities.

One of the basic options in Photoshop is opening images and dividing these in different selections and layers to edit them both as a whole and partly. By means of a selection, one element of the image could be edited isolated from the rest. An image ‘layer’ could be compared to one page in a book. A simple photo usually consists of only one layer, but more complex images could be constructed from more than ten layers. These layers lie on top of each other and together form one complete image.


Despite the excessiveness of Photoshop’s possibilities, we have found an alternative that offers an almost similar functionality for free. It is possible to achieve almost the same results with GNU Image Manipulation Program, GIMP in short. Unfortunately, the difference in cost does come at a price… The GIMP interface is not that stylish and functional as that of Photoshop. Because of this, it will take a little more time to get used to the program. But once you have the required experience, you will be able to use GIMP for all image-editing that you could have also done in Photoshop.

Download GIMP here. 

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