GIMP vs Photoshop

VD September 09 2021

When it comes to photo editing and graphic design, there are two major players: GIMP and Photoshop. These tools have been at the forefront of image manipulation for decades, but which one is right for you? In addition to these graphic editors, there are others - more simplified photography apps, which can even be installed on your phone. But today we will compare two giants among graphic editors. In this blog post, we will be comparing the pros and cons of both programs in order to help you decide which image editor is better.

The Advantages of GIMP

GIMP has a number of advantages over Photoshop, including:

Free & open-source software. GIMP is completely free and can be downloaded from the official website by anyone with an internet connection. This allows users to take advantage of GIMP without cost or risk, giving it a much wider user base than other programs in its class.

Multiple platforms supported. Although this may not affect many people reading this blog post, being able to use your graphics program on any computer you have access to (and even some that you don't!) can come as an incredible time saver for those looking for versatility.

Endless plugins and extensions allow you to build upon what's already there. Photoshop has numerous built-in filters and effects, but GIMP allows you to add in your own that can help enhance or alter a photo without needing third-party software.

Many users complain about the steep learning curve of Photoshop. While this may be true for some people, there are countless tutorials and resources available online from amateur photographers looking to share their knowledge with others. These guides will have you editing photos like a pro much faster than if you were trying to teach yourself how it all works!

The Disadvantages of GIMP

While many argue that Photoshop is more powerful, anyone familiar with image manipulation knows what they're doing with GIMP could do so just as easily on any other program thanks to its similarity. This isn't necessarily an issue unless your time is money and a professional career is on the line.

Although GIMP has been around for much longer, Photoshop still holds most of the market share. This means that there are more tutorials available online than you can count on to help you get started with Adobe's flagship product. If your ultimate goal is to be able to use any graphics program without needing additional resources or training then this might not be an issue at all!

The Advantages of Photoshop

Photoshop has a number of advantages over GIMP.

Welcome image straight out of the box. Rather than needing additional downloads before you can get up and running with your new program, Adobe provides users with everything they need right away! This is great if you don't have time to go through and download plugins or extensions, but can be a major drawback otherwise.

Great for professionals. While there are plenty of amateur Photoshop users out there, the program is much more catered towards those who want to use it professionally rather than just as an image editing tool. The professional community behind Adobe's flagship product means that you're able to ask questions on forums or speak with others in person about how best to achieve your desired results without ever needing additional software!

Properly licensed & authenticated servers make updates easy. Whether this relates directly to using Photoshop itself or not (e.g., plug-ins), one thing we know for sure is that updating the graphics program won't require hours of digging around online trying to find an illegal download!

The Disadvantages of Photoshop

Photoshop may have a number of advantages, but there are also some disadvantages to using it as well. These include:

More expensive than open-source alternatives. While both GIMP and Photoshop are completely free for personal use (and relatively cheap if you want to buy them), Adobe's flagship product is still more expensive in the long run due to its price tag when compared with other programs like it. This can make things difficult for people looking at investing in something they might not be able to afford while trying out smaller options first!

Lack of third-party support & plugins means that many tasks require additional steps. Although built-in tools allow users access to countless features within their graphic program, GIMP allows users to add in their own plugins and extensions to expand upon what's already there. If you're the type of person who prefers a cohesive experience over something that requires going out of your way then Photoshop is definitely for you!

Requires internet access in order to fully function. Most programs these days require an active connection in order to properly function but Adobe's flagship product takes this one step further by requiring it even when simply browsing through tutorials or using additional tools from within the software itself. This can be especially frustrating if you don't have reliable internet access throughout your home (or anywhere else) since any time spent trying to get something up and running will only take longer due to how often you'll need help along the way!


Choosing between GIMP and Photoshop can be difficult, but understanding their pros & cons is the first step to making an informed decision about these image editors.

GIMP has been around for longer than its competitor so there are plenty of tutorials available online that have already tested it out themselves! This makes learning how to use this open-source program much easier when compared with Adobe's flagship product which requires more effort in order to fully understand what each feature does.

Photoshop still holds most of the market share despite being around for over two decades, meaning that professionals are likely going to lean towards using this software instead due to its ease of use rather than needing additional tools or knowledge beforehand. If you're working on a project where time is money then Photoshop is definitely the best option for you!