FREE CREATIVE SOFTWARE, Part 2: GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

By David Schmidt

Are you waiting for campus to re-open and you’re looking for something positive to do while isolating? Why not learn new software? There are lots of great creative digital tools that are absolutely free, that you can do amazing things with!

Do you want to learn to edit your photos? Apply filers and paint out blemishes? Transform your dashboard on social media? Create eye-catching flyers? Produce your own icons and online graphics? Start learning digital painting? Punch up your PowerPoint presentations? Make art for user interfaces or mock-ups of your ideas? You don’t need a subscription to Photoshop, when you can use this powerful free software!  It can help you communicate your ideas, hone your image-skills, explore fun creative ideas, and promote what you do.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

GIMP is a cross-platform image editor that provides the tools needed for high quality image manipulation. You can re-touch existing images, restore damaged ones, or compose new images! It’s powerful and flexible tools give artists and creative folks the ability to create and transform images into amazing new creations. It also comes with top-notch color management features to ensure high-fidelity color reproduction across digital and printed media. GIMP is a high quality framework for scripted image manipulation. And it comes with multi-language support such as C, C++, Perl, Python, Scheme, etc

The program is available at:

And there are tons of great tutorials out there to learn from. We recommend you check these as a great place to start! (comprehensive)

Education at Loyola is all about supporting each other, sharing your knowledge, and building community. What better way to reach out and communicate your ideas than through your own creative images and graphic work? It’s a great skill to have, that will support your work in most any field. And really useful in your studies, both online, and when you’re back on campus.

Please join us for future posts about other free creative software available to continue your education, both now and when we return to campus. Enjoy the learning!

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