GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages. (more...)
This is the official GIMP web site. It contains information about downloading, installing, using, and enhancing it. This site also serves as a distribution point for the latest releases. We try to provide as much information about the GIMP community and related projects as possible. Hopefully you will find what you need here. Grab a properly chilled beverage and enjoy.
GIMP Manual 2.8.1 released2013-11-28
We've released a new version of the user manual with:
- many, many, many bugfixes
- New (incomplete) translations: Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Catalan
- The online version of the manual provides a language menu. Readers are now able to easily switch to a different language of the same page.
- It is easier to report bugs: Each page has a link at the bottom to report errors straight into Bugzilla.
Find the packages on our FTP server.
For easy installation we suggest that you wait until an installer for this release has been packaged for your platform. Find more releases and information about our goals and how you can help at http://docs.gimp.org.
An additional bug fix release for GIMP 2.6 has been prepared as well: 2.6.2. It contains content fixes and an improved build system.
GIMP 2.8.10 Released2013-11-28
We just released GIMP 2.8.10 ! This is a release in the stable GIMP 2.8 series. This release fixes a bug that prevented older GIMP versions from running on OS X Mavericks. We also did some small adjustments to the Save/Export code in order to make things a bit easier. For the complete list of changes please see the NEWS file.
GIMP Windows Installers move from Sourceforge to ftp.gimp.org2013-11-05
In the past few months, we have received some complaints about the site where the GIMP installers for the Microsoft Windows platforms are hosted.
SourceForge, once a useful and trustworthy place to develop and host FLOSS applications, has faced a problem with the ads they allow on their sites - the green "Download here" buttons that appear on many, many adds leading to all kinds of unwanted utilities have been spotted there as well.
The tipping point was the introduction of their own SourceForge Installer software, which bundles third-party offers with Free Software packages. We do not want to support this kind of behavior, and have thus decided to abandon SourceForge.
From now on, Jernej Simončič, who provides the installer packages, uploads them to our FTP directly, and from there they will be distributed automatically to our mirrors. Please check Downloads page for updated information. http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net will remain active for the time being and direct users to the new download locations.
GIMP 2.8.8 Released2013-11-03
We just released GIMP 2.8.8 ! This is a release in the stable GIMP 2.8 series, featuring lots of bug fixes and translation updates. For the complete list of changes please see the NEWS file.
Google Summer of Code 2013 results2013-10-04
GSoC2013 program is over now, and 3 out of 4 students successfully completed it.
Carlos Zubieta ported 13 GEGL operations to use GPU via OpenCL, and the gegl-random module used by noise generation operations, then made noise-hsv and noise-cie-lch operations use it. You can read his report.
Simon Lui ported the PSD plug-in to use GEGL. GIMP is now capable of loading 16bit and 32bit per color channel PSD files, saving those is a work in progress. The updated plug-in also reads additional data from PSD files (text, slicing information, layer effects), but cannot use it yet: text support needs the relevant API in GIMP, and layer effects and slicing aren't implemented in GIMP yet, so there's nothing to map the information to as of now. His public report is here.
Marek Dvorožňák implemented a new N-Point deformation tool that makes it possible to deform objects while preserve shapes consistency. You can watch a video demonstration of the tool on YouTube. The work is based on a "As-Rigid-As-Possible Image Registration for Hand-drawn Cartoon Animations" paper by Daniel Sykora et al.
Finally, Ajay Ramanathan attempted to merge selection tools into a single tool selection with modes (rectangular, ellipse, single row/column, N-side polygon selection modes).
All the source code created by our students is available in respective Git branches. We will review it and make sure we use the most of it. We thank Carlos, Simon, Marek, and Ajay for working with us over the summer and we are looking forward to working with them in the future!
Sponsoring symmetric painting mode2013-09-23
Jehan Pagès, one of our active contributors, started a personal crowdfunding campaign to sponsor his work on symmetric painting in GIMP. You can find more information in his blog, and there's a video of a proof-of-concept implementation on YouTube. If you care about GIMP as a tool for digital painting, supporting this project is likely to benefit your workflow.
While we are not ready for a full-fledged crowdfunding campaign for GIMP yet, we think that this kind of focused campaigns, tailored for particular audiences, definitely have merit.
GIMP Magazine #4 published2013-09-05
The fourth issue of GIMP Magazine is now out and available as a digital download, a printed copy, and an e-zine for iPad. In just a year the project got a huge followingm and now it'd a 100 pages large magazine with interviews, tutorials, a gallery section, and a graphic novel of its own.
Creating a full-fledged magazine takes a lot of time, so while GIMP Magazine is a free download, we kindly suggest you to consider premium options. That way you will ensure its continuity.
GIMP 2.8.6 Released2013-06-21
We just released GIMP 2.8.6 ! This is a release in the stable GIMP 2.8 series, featuring lots of bug fixes and translation updates. For the complete list of changes please see the NEWS file.
4 students to work on GIMP during GSoC2013 program2013-05-27
Four students will be working on GIMP and GEGL this summer thanks to Google Summer of Code 2013 program.
- Ajay Ramanathan will be working on a combined selection tool;
- Carlos Zubieta will be porting GEGL operations to OpenCL;
- Simon Lui will improve support for PSD in GIMP (text layers as text etc.);
- Marek Dvorožňák will add a new tool to deform an image objects in a way that they behave like real world objects (see YouTube demo).
We are looking forward to the upcoming three months of exciting work with our new contributors.
While getting prepared to a new run of the Google Summer of Code program, we merged code from a few past GSoC projects, namely Warp Transform and Seamless Paste tools.
The Warp Transform tool is an interactive on-canvas version of our old iWarp plug-in, and it's in a good shape to be part of a future v2.10 release. It still needs a few internal and user interface changes, though.
The Seamless Paste tool does just that: seamless pasting of an object from one picture into another, optionally updating color characteristics. This tool needs a lot more work. Barak Itkin recently posted an update in his blog to outline the changes to be made.
Stay tuned for more development news.
GIMP accepted to participate in Google Summer of Code 20132013-04-08
GIMP will be taking part in this year's Google Summer of Code program as a mentoring organization. We are inviting interested students to get in touch with us and start discussing potential projects.
Some project ideas have already been posted in the wiki, but you are free to come up with your own ones. At this point porting existing plug-ins to GEGL has the highest priority, as it will aid us in releasing GIMP 2.10 sooner.
If you are eligible for participation and eager to contribute to our project, please introduce yourself on the mailing list for developers or in the #gimp channel at irc.gimp.net. In the latter case please bear in mind that the core team is mostly in the Western Europe timezone.
Google Summer of Code 2013 program announced2013-02-12
Yesterday Google announced Summer of Code 2013 program. Participating at GSoC has proved to be rather beneficial to us. Here are just some of the features implemented during past runs of the program: five new tools (Heal, Perspective Clone, Cage Transform, Warp Transform, Seamless Paste), resources tagging, hardware acceleration in GEGL. Needless to say, we'll try to participate this year again.
We already have a preliminary list of project ideas for this year's program: improving selection tools, implementing sophisticated slicing tool for web designers, creating a full-featured OpenEXR plug-in. However, the top priority project for us would be porting more plug-ins to GEGL, which is one of the issues that block the release of GIMP 2.10.
Even though we won't know whether we are participating until April 8, if you are considering to work with us this summer, we suggest that you start talking to us already. When we vote for students, we need to know you well enough to make a fair judgment. Please find out if you are eligible for the program, then join the developers mailing list or talk to us on IRC.
GIMP 2.8.4 for OSX Available2013-02-10
GIMP 2.8.4 is now available as disk image for Mac OSX.
Please note that with this release, we have moved GIMP's per-user data from "~/Library" to "~/Library/Application Support". If you had installed GIMP 2.8.2 before, please open a terminal and enter the following command, so GIMP 2.8.4 will pick up your data from the right location:
mv ~/Library/GIMP ~/Library/Application\ Support
GIMP 2.8.4 Released2013-02-05
GIMP 2.8.4 is out! This is a release in the stable GIMP 2.8 series, featuring lots of bug fixes and translation updates. For the complete list of changes please see the NEWS file.
Pre-built binaries for Mac will be available soon.
GIMP in 20122012-12-27
As 2013 is fast approaching, we’d like to take a quick look at 2012 and what we did during the year.
In May we released the long anticipated new stable version, v2.8, with many improvements such as layer groups, tagging of resources, new Cage transform tool and more.
We also started the final transition to GEGL as a new image processing core. All legacy from the libgimp has already been removed.
Unstable version of GIMP is now capable of working in 16 and 32 bit per channel modes, both integer and float. Color management has been improved as well, and thanks to support by AMD and Google the GEGL library can do GPU-side rendering and processing with OpenCL.
We successfully participated at Google Summer of Code 2012. Our students ported more GIMP filters to GEGL operations, created a node compositing application for testing GEGL, and implemented a unified transform tool for GIMP.
In past years we let our work with community slip, so this year we also tried to establish a better connection with our user base. Our Google+ page, where we now regularly share project news and useful GIMP tutorials we come across, is currently circled by ca. 22.000 people (as compared to 1.000 in January 2012).
Last, but not least, we are happy to see the community actively promoting GIMP of its own accord. E.g. this year the GIMP Magazine project was started, with two issues already published and the 3rd issue currently in the works.
Thanks to all contributors our project vision is becoming a reality. GIMP already works in HDR, partially uses GPU for rendering and processing, has better transformation tools.
Our primary focus for 2013 will be finishing the transition to GEGL. We don’t expect it to be an easy job: it’s likely to keep us busy most of 2013, if not longer. You can help us to boost the development. Come join us to complete the rewrite and deliver the new generation of GIMP as a polished stable product.
GIMP gets ICC v4 color profiles support2012-11-21
For the last few weeks GIMP has been capable of using ICC v4 color profiles thanks to a patch by Laurent Martelli who ported the color management plug-in to use LittleCMS v2.
There is also an ongoing work by Elle Stone to adapt that plug-in to the new GEGL-based architecture and make color space conversions just work between various bit depth precision levels — from 8-bit to 32-bit floating point.
Once it's done, GIMP will be capable of converting images between different color spaces with little to no loss of color fidelity. In fact, it already works, with some caveats.
Meanwhile Michael Natterer is busy porting plug-ins for loading and saving files to GEGL and GIO. The latter means that GIMP doesn't create temporary files anymore when loading files from remote locations, and previews in the Open File dialog 100% match actual images.
There is still a lot of work to do before GEGL-based version of GIMP is completely functional. We encourage you to join the team and help making the future closer.
Google Summer of Code 2012 is over2012-09-03
Four out of five GIMP students successfully finished their work in the Google Summer of Code 2012 program. Unfortunately one of the students wasn't able to complete all of the work.
The code written by the students has already been merged to main development branches and is expected to be available in the next releases of GIMP and GEGL.
While the first public version of the Unified Transform Tool will only be available in the 2.9.x series, new GEGL operations will be present in the next release of GEGL already.
The students ported the following GIMP filters to GEGL operations: Shift, Wind, Cartoon, Photocopy, Oilify, Softglow, and a variety of noise generators.
The GEGL-based node editor is a standalone project and will eventually be released separately.
It was a great summer. We thank all the students for participating and we would love to see them around in years to follow.
GIMP 2.8.2 released2012-08-24
We've just released GIMP 2.8.2, the first update to the new stable version of GIMP. The update brings several dozens of fixes to various issues of all scales.
Most notorious bugs fixed are: not being able to remember JPEG saving options, slow canvas redraw, not showing page setup options on Windows. There's also a workaround for the bug that used to cause showing incorrect file size values on Windows. For the complete list of changes please see the NEWS file.
Additionally we did a lot of work to make a native build of GIMP for Mac a possibility. The official GIMP.app will be available soon. Windows installers of v2.8.2 will be available from the usual location shortly.
Beginning with this version we are also switching to a new versions numbering scheme. Final releases now always have even number of the micro version, and the versions in Git always have an odd number.
We are looking for Windows developers2012-07-25
It's been a long time since we last had an active Windows-based developer. Consequently, GIMP has accumulated a plethora of bugs specific for that operating system. As much as we'd like to provide a smooth user experience for Windows users, we simply do not have the required human resources.
Hence, if you are an experienced Windows-based developer who is interested to help GIMP become a first-class citizen in the Windows world, please get in touch with us. Our main communication channels are the gimp-developer mailing list and IRC. Here is the list of all reported bugs for the Windows version of GIMP.
If you go for IRC, we recommend sticking there for several hours, since we are mostly Europe-based, and you maybe aren't in the same timezones span. Most development talks happen on IRC anyway, so staying online helps the communication.