Edit photographs, fonts, and slides using Gimp, Inkscape, and Openoffice. Alternatives such as Krita are also discussed.
Gimp can open and save Adobe Photoshop files.
Raster images are composed of pixels. Common raster formats are
png, jpg, tif, and gif. Photographs are almost always stored in raster format, typically
jpg. Gimp is highly recommended for raster editing because it is mature, reliable, and very popular. We recommend starting with introduction videos like those shown here and then proceeding to the official
Inkscape can open and save Adobe Illustrator files.
Vector images are described by mathematical expressions. Common vector formats include
svg, woff, ttf, and otf. Icons and fonts are frequently written in vector formats because they scale very well and usually require far less memory than raster formats.
We recommend Inkscape for vector editing because it is mature, reliable, and very popular. We suggest exploring the capabilities using the excellent Inkscape Tutorials.
LibreOffice can open and save Microsoft Office files.
One can use the Present component of LibreOffice to create slideshows. LibreOffice is very mature and has a large following.
Q: Some tools appear missing in Gimp. How can I get them back?
A. Gimp has employed tool groups in an effort to reduce clutter. One can restore the ungrouped tools by unchecking the option found in
File > Preferences > Interface > Toolbox > [ ] Use tool goups.
Q: Gimp won’t allow me to invert selections. How can I fix this?
A: Inverting selections often will not work if OpenCL is enabled. New user configurations should have this disabled by default:
Edit > Preferences > System Resources
This is a partial revision history. See the
git repository for all entries.
2021-10-10 5728326eReformat to 2-column
2021-09-22 dc862884Update link and headline colors
2021-08-23 681261b4Review and update codeblocks
2020-06-10 c4ed9299Restructure layout
2020-08-10 8322a530Audit and update content
2020-05-26 c1c09c1dRefine notes about format support
2020-05-14 2fbce101Restructure for sections
2020-05-07 2efbb2a2Update Gimp; refine raster versus vector formats
2020-05-06 05576811Add app links and expand descriptions
2020-01-31 70b4aa40First publication
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