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GIMP vs PSP vs PhotoShop

"Oh great, another debate-opener...."

Actually I'm just wondering whether anyone knows where I can find a feature comparison chart for the Gimp, Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop?

Given the amount of recommendation the GIMP gets on this site (albeit influenced by its price) I'd like to know how these contenders compare.  I use PSP7 currently, and have experience with PS7,  but haven't the time (or cash) to sit and test all the latest versions out...!
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Lobo042399Commented:
Hi Rouchie,

I'd say it's a matter of taste and preferences. If you sk which is better, Photoshop or MS Paint there's no doubt there who's the winner, but among Pro packages the choice is more about specific features and/or how you like the interface and commands. Some people swear by PSP and some people swear by The GIMP. I'm a Photoshop kinda guy. Mac or PC? Nescafe or Taster's Choice? It's about taste :o)

Good Vibes!

Lobo
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RouchieAuthor Commented:
Hi Lobo

Yeah I appreciate thats got a lot to do with it.  I think what I really want to know is what has GIMP got to offer against PSP or PS?  A feature chart would have answered this to a degree, although I know it goes far beyond what it says on the box...

I've been using PSP7 now for 5 years, but my workplace won't pay for PS at present.  Now I'm developing things such as hi-res book covers and posters, PSP is really suffering for larger (multi-layered) images and is becoming really unstable.

This is obviously becoming a big problem, and I wondered whether GIMP matched PSP for features and stability, or is just worth complaining and hoping PS eventually arrives...?!?  :-)
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Lobo042399Commented:
Hi Rouchie,

For high end and press graphics I'd stick with Photoshop. The GIMP is a good program that does well with screen-based images, but it lacks the tools to produce quality graphics for press. Interestingly enough, I couldn't find a side-by-side feature comparison table. Here's a couple links with some interesting reading:

http://www.mozillaquest.com/Linux03/Gimp-Overview_Story02.html

http://tingilinde.typepad.com/starstuff/2004/05/gimp_vs_photosh.html

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1681491,00.asp

http://houghi.org/user/ch24.html

Good Vibes!

Lobo
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RouchieAuthor Commented:
"The GIMP just can't compete with products like Adobe Photoshop Elements and Jasc's Paint Shop Pro...."  answers my question I guess.  I'll leave the question open for a few days but really I think I knew what the answer would be when I posted...!!

Thanks Lobo.
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HeadIdiotCommented:
I disagree with the statment the GIMP can't compete or hold its own...I've used all three and my favorite (and still champeeeeen) is GIMP.  I have NO desire for another...and do not feel I have "missed out" on anything.  I've used it to design graphics for several sites and use it regularly for editing and cropping photos.

The GIMP uses almost every plug-in available for PSP and PS...so it delivers nearly the same functionality...and the price (as you mentioned) is one argument the other guys CAN'T win.  
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Lobo042399Commented:
For web graphics, yes. But print graphics are a complete different beast and The GIMP lacks that functionality. Working for print you need to have tools to break or edit process channels; create custom spot channels in industry-standard Pantone palettes; determine angle, size and shape of dots when printing halftoned separations; determine dot gain parameters for different types of print stock. For all that you need Photoshop.
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HeadIdiotCommented:
I stand corrected....but will still use no other.
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Lobo042399Commented:
;o)
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RouchieAuthor Commented:
Very insightful!

I think the question needs to exclude PhotoShop then as it clearly is in a category of its own.  Out of PSP and GIMP then, which one is the most powerful?  My reason for asking is that to make PSP better, I have to start paying again, and it's price is getting higher every release, but without the reviews to match.  GIMP seems to be getting better also, but for free, so at what point will Jasc Software start panicking??!?

I'm sticking some more points on this one as some interesting opinions are being shared.
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Lobo042399Commented:
Ahhhh, that's a tough call. I would say GIMP for now, although many people can't live without PSP's tubes. Also it's worth considering that PSP has been acquired by Corel recently and the next version will include, no doubt, some of the punch power Corel put into PhotoPaint. PhotoPaint is very powerful and it has the ability to produce art for print. My believe is that Corel will add that power to PSP and phase PhotoPaint out. We'll have to see about that. While you wait I'd say The GIMP; but then again, if you're working graphics for print The GIMP won't make it. So, what to do? I'd suggest that you skip PSP7 and wait for v.8 and stick to what you have for now. Later, when PSP8 is released with the added features you'll be able to make a better comparison between it and Photoshop CS2... or 3 :o)

Good Vibes!

Lobo
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HeadIdiotCommented:
Now I am going to screw things up...
Paint.net anyone??
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RouchieAuthor Commented:
Cheers guys.

Corel's PSP9 comparison chart rates it above PhotoShop CS!  I wonder what the chart would look like if it contained ALL of CS's features.  I think it would need another 4 pages...  :-)

http://www.corel.com/content/pdf/psp9/psp9matrix.pdf
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