Sneaking a peek into GIMP

I usually avoid working with a graphic editor such as Photoshop. Many edits that deemed impossible years ago can be easily done but a few lines of CSS or jQuery. Say opacity for example, we not only can change the opacity of image but also can ease out the transformation from opacity:0 to opacity:1. Tasks like positioning an image – horizontally and vertically -, rotating to the desired angle up the smallest unit, cropping on the fly – and not through server side script but through humble CSS – are now piece of cake. 

Some of the editing abilities of CSS are mind blowing for example clip-path that allows polygon cropping. I recently created a revers crop over an image and animate it to see how far it can go and it went far more than I expected :).

but a web designer sometimes has to modify an image in a way that no trick of CSS and Javascript can handle. Lets say you want to change the color of a specific part of an image featuring a jungle/landscape or make some part transparent while leaving other parts intact. In theory that would be possible but definitely not feasible. With CSS that would take ages but an experienced PS user and do it in less that 5 minutes.

Now the nagging question that always bothers website developers, WHICH ONE? The first name that comes into mind is Photoshop of course. I personally tend to choose free software and for two good reasons, one it is free and second, free programs usually have a huge crowd of users whom you can turn to in time of dispair and get the answer to your questions. 

The first candidate for free image editing software is GIMP. At first, I wasn’t so sure about it but after watching a few tutorial movies it started growing on me. I guess I am going with it.

Sneaking a peek into GIMP

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