Image editing applications have been coming and going on my desktop for some time now. I used to be a Photoshop user, but I decided to give free software a chance and after going through Paint.net and Gimp, I finally decided Gimp was for me. However I have since missed the intuitive menus in Photoshop and for me some of Gimp's naming conventions are a bit weird.
You can get the best of both worlds though with a nifty addon to Gimp called Gimpshop. This reorders your menus and restructures them to resemble Photoshop's, and very closely at that. Many items that have caused mix-ups have been changed, for example Gimp's convolve tool has been renamed to "blur/sharpen", something actually understandable.
Menus have been reordered to, so if you've grown accustomed to Photoshop, you'll feel right at home in Gimp too. I'm sorry to say there is no Windows version yet, only Mac and Linux, but there is one on the way! If you're a developer you can grab the source from the homepage though. I like many-many things in Gimp and I'd rather support free software which is as good as its $600 counterpart, so it's Gimp with Gimpshop for me!
The best way to get started is to download Gimpshop from the website listed above. Once you have installed it on your system, you should check out the tutorials section that is available on the project website. Here you find lots of tutorials on how to do things in the program, from creating a logo to enlarging images with liquid rescale or creating desktop backgrounds. It is a great place to learn and get used to the program at the same time.
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