There's no question about it: Most pros use Adobe Photoshop. It's been the go-to photo editing program for graphic designers, photographers, editors and artists for many years.
Unfortunately, it's also quite expensive! The latest version of Photoshop can cost over $600. That's prohibitively costly for many people, including professionals. Isn't there an alternative that has similar features but won't break the bank?
It turns out there is: It's called GIMP. That's an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It began in 1995 as a project at UC Berkeley, but it's come a long way since then!
In fact, it has many of the same capabilities as Photoshop. There are plenty of filters, brush tools, gradients and more. GIMP even lets you use layers like Photoshop.
In the past, GIMP was criticized for being difficult to learn, but the latest version has an easier interface. Even so, if you're used to Photoshop, GIMP may seem unfamiliar, but it isn't too hard to learn.
There are dozens of tutorial videos for using GIMP. You can also find plug-ins on the GIMP website, including a bevy of added tools.