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Likelihood to Recommend

GIMP

GIMP is comparable to other image manipulation applications, and as it's free, it's a great alternative. It may not have the complete list of functionality that other applications have, but it does everything that we require it to do other than exporting in the CMYK colour format. We have worked around this obstacle though.
Adam Jackson FGCLP MAHRI | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

Scenarios where we love using PhotoShop:
  • Editing a background
  • Editing someone or something out of a background
  • Removing or adding items to a photo
  • Creating visual effects on or with a photo (making a photo look old or an old photo to look new)
  • Creating print-ready, high-res high-end graphics
  • Creating gradients
  • Creating multi-layer effects on photos
Scenarios where you can use PhotoShop, but other items in Adobe line can facilitate better:
  • Creating illustrations, vectors, or iconic shapes: Adobe Illustrator is better for this
  • Creating multi-page brochures or books: Adobe InDesign is better for this
  • Creating batch images in different renders and sizes for multi-platform media: Adobe Spark is good for this.
This is NOT an easy product to work with. You must have experience and training in order to produce the desired effects (Not for beginners).
page V | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

GIMP

  • Customizable interface.
  • Powerful tools for image editing.
  • It is a light and multiplatform software.
  • It can work with many editable formats.
Paola Santino | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

  • Highly Functional & Extremely Versatile — Users can accomplish a LOT with Photoshop, including photo restoration, graphic design, vector-based art creation (such as logo design), digital painting... even animation!
  • Industry Standard — Adobe Photoshop is one of the industry-leading software for graphic editing.
  • Responsive and Reliable — Photoshop runs extremely smooth. I rarely ever run into any issues or glitches due to software malfunction. It does what it does, and it does it well.
Dan Talvi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

GIMP

  • It would be nice to have the keyboard shortcuts match Photoshop as that is what designers are used to. The transition from Photoshop to GIMP would be a lot easier.
  • When saving images for the web, it would be nice to have a side-by-side view of the full pixel image and the image you're trying to save showing what it will look like as you lessen the resolution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

  • I think PS could be a little more intuitive. Since there is so much you can do with it, it's hard to know what every function does without in-depth changes.
  • Like most Adobe products, PS is always updating which can make it hard to keep up year after year.
Lauren Holloway | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

GIMP

No score
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Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.5
Based on 28 answers
We have 11 people using the program almost every day and when needed, we pull in other free lancers to continue the work flow. We have our Adobe subscription set to auto-renew every month and we're not getting rid of that anytime soon!
Daniel Joyce | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

GIMP

GIMP 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I interface GIMP with other software--I need to. I generally use the major calculation, CAD, word processing, and photo editing programs. In my office, my use of this software is not limited to computer-aided design. However, I am sure that if I needed this software for other purposes, it would have no interface problems.
Stiavetti Daniele | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.0
Based on 12 answers
I've used it for a long time and would consider myself a Pro user at this point. I know where everything I need is, have custom actions set up to make common actions faster, and have my workflows automated so much that everything is easy. Occasionally, a new version of Photoshop will change a common usability feature which will slow things down for a short time before I'm able to adjust, but generally I really like my setup. However, if you're new to Photoshop, it is likely going to take you a while to figure out how you can best use the features.
Nicholas De Salvo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

GIMP

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Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Adobe Photoshop is very reliable, but is never 100%. There have been times when Adobe Photoshop has had trouble opening, but nothing a little computer restart couldn't fix. I use Adobe Photoshop on a Mac for both work and at home on a daily basis, and I would be lost without it.
Kris Bram | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

GIMP

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Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 8.0
Based on 4 answers
Speed can be an issue when you are dealing with large files for large format printing or billboards. When working on web images, speed is not an issue.
Keith Bailly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

GIMP

GIMP 7.8
Based on 5 answers
The support has always been able to solve my problems, which have been relatively simple and minor in my case, but can take some time due to the fact it is a free platform
Zach Lung | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 8.2
Based on 103 answers
The times I've had issues, support staff were friendly. The live chat on Adobe's site has been helpful with some licensing issues I've had. But over the years, I have had some issues with product functionality that it seemed like the company could care less about. Not sure if it's fair to rate them based on experiences that happened a few years ago, but I guess it's all part of the total experience I've had with Adobe.
Eric Karkovack | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

GIMP

No score
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Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 10.0
Based on 1 answer
So, I received the training at the HQ and it was train the trainer training. A good time, I spent a week at their campus
Keith Bailly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

GIMP

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Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 7.0
Based on 10 answers
The implementation of Photoshop is pretty easy, almost every artist that has a Wacom or other drawing tablet will learn Photoshop in a short amount of time.
Carlos A. Vega | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

GIMP

The full Photoshop application is an extremely good program, but costly. GIMP stacks up fairly well against Photoshop in regard to functionality, and the developers are agile and adding updates to functions frequently. In comparing the two programs and our need for relatively low-level image manipulation, the free application (GIMP) far outweighs the extra functionality of the paid application (Photoshop).
Adam Jackson FGCLP MAHRI | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

Other image editors I've had experience with are Pixlr, Gimp and Windows Paint. While I personally liked Pixlr the most out of those 3, none of them hold a candle to Photoshop. I've spent more time in Photoshop than the others, so naturally, I'm more familiar with it. It takes a little bit of practice and time to get comfortable in it but once you know your way around, it is the most efficient and effective image editor available on the market. Learning keyboard shortcuts increases efficiency ten fold.
Danny Wood | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

GIMP

  • It can be run on low-resource computers.
  • It is cross-platform software.
  • It has excellent support and an active community that keeps you updated.
Paola Santino | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

  • Photoshop really produces professional results that make images appear more professional in nature
  • With its large compatibility with multiple image formats, Photoshop can help save time by combining editing features for different types of images.
  • Although slight more expensive than other products, It has capabilities that many marketing and design firms need.
Bruce Emmerling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

GIMP

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

GIMP Editions & Modules

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Adobe PhotoShop

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Adobe PhotoShop Editions & Modules

Edition
Single App$20.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

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