For anyone, like me, who is used to using Adobe Photoshop making the transition to The Gimp, which is it’s closest Open Source equivelant, has always been really difficult largely because we are so used to the Photoshop terminology for features and functions and it’s keyboard shortcuts. We get so used to doing things in a certain way in Photoshop that the second we try to use The Gimp we simply want to give up! I know I have on many occasions!
Then along comes Scott Moschella, who has taken the Open Source GIMP and made some tweaks to it! In short he’s hacked The Gimp to make it more accessible to Photoshop users:
If youâ€™ve never used Photoshop before, you may not appreciate my GIMPshop hack. What Iâ€™ve done is renamed and reorganized GIMPâ€™s tools, options, windows, and menus to closely resemble Adobe Photoshopâ€™s menu structure and naming conventions. Many of the menu options and even whole menus were recreated to faithfully reproduce a Photoshop-like experience. After running my GIMPshop hack, youâ€™ll find that Photoshop and the GIMP are strikingly similar.
Scott has done an amazing job, it’s not a 100% 1 to 1 mapping but it’s close enough for me, and means I can actually be productive in The Gimp! To get a feel for how close it is compare these screenshots:
The Adobe Photoshop Edit Menu:
..and now its GimpShop equivalent:
You can download GimpShop for free from Scott’s Site here. I strongly recommend this to anyone out there looking for an Open Source, or lets face it a Free, equivalent to PhotoShop!