GIMP – Image Manipulation Software Free Download

The GIMP is a multi-platform photo manipulation tool. The GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. The GIMP is suitable for a variety of image manipulation tasks, including photo retouching, image composition, and image construction. you can also change its source code and distribute your changes.

GIMP has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, also used as mass production image rendering, an image format converter, etc. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.



GIMP Features

GIMP is a versatile graphics manipulation package. This page should help you get a taste of what GIMP is capable of.

Customizable Interface

The GIMP Docks

Each task requires a different environment and GIMP allows you to customize the view and behavior the way you like it. Starting from the widget theme, allowing you to change colors, widget spacings and icon sizes to custom tool sets in the toolbox. The interface is modulized into so called docks, allowing you to stack them into tabs or keep them open in their own window. Pressing the tab key will toggle them hidden.

GIMP features a great fullscreen mode allowing you to not only preview your artwork but also do editing work while using most of your screen estate.

Photo Enhancement

Numerous digital photo imperfections can be easily compensated for using GIMP. Fix perspective distortion caused by lens tilt simply by choosing the corrective mode in the transform tools. Eliminate lens’ barrel distortion and vignetting with a powerful filter but a simple interface.

The GIMP Photo enhancement

The included channel mixer gives you the flexibility and power to get your B/W photography to stand out the way you need.

Perspective Transform, Sample Colorize

Digital Retouching

GIMP is ideal for advanced photo retouching techniques. Get rid of unneeded details using the clone tool, or touch up minor details easily with the new healing tool. With the perspective clone tool, it’s not difficult to clone objects with perspective in mind just as easily as with the orthogonal clone.

Hardware Support

GIMP includes very unique support for various input devices out of the box. Pressure and tilt sensitive tablets, but also a wide range of USB or MIDI controllers. You can bind often-used actions to device events such as rotating a USB wheel or moving a MIDI controller’s slider. Change the size, angle or opacity of a brush while you paint, bind your favorite scripts to buttons. Speed up your workflow!

Mapping actions to device events

File Formats

Supported Formats

The file format support ranges from the common likes of JPEG (JFIF), GIFPNGTIFF to special use formats such as the multi-resolution and multi-color-depth Windows icon files. The architecture allows extending GIMP’s format capabilities with a plug-in. You can find some rare format support in the GIMP plugin registry.

Thanks to the transparent virtual file system, it is possible to load and save files to from remote locations using protocols such as FTPHTTP or even SMB (MS Windows shares) and SFTP/SSH.

To save disk space, any format can be saved with an archive extension such as ZIPGZ or BZ2 and GIMP will transparently compress the file without you needing to do any extra steps.

Original Artwork Creation

GIMP gives artists the power and flexibility to transform images into truly unique creations.

Graphic Design Elements

GIMP is used for producing icons, graphical design elements, and art for user interface components and mockups

Key Component in a Desktop Publishing Workflow

GIMP provides top-notch color management features to ensure high-fidelity color reproduction across digital and printed media.

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Extensibility & Flexibility

GIMP provides extensibility through integration with many programming languages including Python, Scheme, Perl, and more.

The result is a high level of customization as demonstrated by a large number of scripts and plug-ins created by the community.

Programming Algorithms

GIMP is a high-quality framework for scripted image manipulation, with multi-language support such as C, C++, Perl, Python, Scheme, and more!


  • A full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone,
  • etc.
  • Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high-quality anti-aliasing
  • Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool
  • Supports custom brushes and patterns


  • Tile-based memory management so image size is limited only by available disk space
  • Virtually unlimited number of images open at one time

Advanced Manipulation:

  • Full alpha channel support
  • Layers and channels
  • Multiple Undo/Redo (limited only by disk space)
  • Editable text layers
  • Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip
  • Selection tools including rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy and intelligent
  • Advanced path tool doing bezier and polygonal selections.
  • Transformable paths, transformable selections.
  • Quick mask to paint a selection.


  • A Procedural Database for calling internal GIMP functions from
  • external programs as in Script-fu
  • Advanced scripting capabilities (Scheme, Python, Perl)
  • Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new
  • effect filters
  • Over 100 plug-ins already available


  • Load and save animations in a convenient frame-as-layer format
  • MNG support
  • Frame Navigator (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)
  • Onion Skin (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)
  • Bluebox (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)

File Handling:

  • File formats supported include bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, and many others
  • Load, display, convert, save to many file formats
  • SVG path import/export

The GIMP Supported Platforms

  • GNU/Linux
  • Microsoft Windows (XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8)
  • Mac OS X (10.6 and newer)
  • Sun OpenSolaris
  • FreeBSD

System Requirements



OS: Windows 10, 8, 7 (both 32-bit and 64-bit)

Operating System Windows: Windows 7, 8, 10
Processor Intel Pentium 4 (or equivalent) or better.
Memory 250 Mb memory or more.

Technical Specification

Software Name GIMP Software For Windows V 2.10.22
File Size 230 MB
Languages English, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, German, Japanese
License Free
Developer GIMP Inc.

FAQ of GIMP Software

Are you trying to develop a Photoshop killer app?

No. Most generic image editors look like Photoshop simply because Adobe’s application was among the first image editors as we know them now, so developers tend to stick to what people know — in general terms.

Yes, better support for CMYK has been on our roadmap for a long time. One of the ideas, how we want to make this work, was introduced by user interaction architect Peter Sikking at Libre Graphics Meeting 2009 and later — in his two-part article in his company’s blog: 1, 2. Please take some time to read up on that.

I do not recognize GIMP’s user interface. It’s different from what I see in all tutorials. What do I do?

The software developer switched to a dark user interface theme and a symbolic icon theme by default in version 2.10. If you absolutely want to revert it, here is what you do:

Go to Edit > Preferences > Interface > Theme and change the theme from Dark to System.

Then go to Edit > Preferences > Interface > Icon Theme and change the theme from Symbolic to Legacy. Changes will apply immediately. Click OK to confirm.

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