GIMP, the totally free Adobe Photoshop alternate, is now available in the Microsoft Store as an installable application for Windows PC.
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, macOS, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes.
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.
Yeah, though I have had GIMP installed for many years, I seldom if ever use it as a go-to. Instead, I’ve stuck with existing design tools like Sketch or Figma. For Photoshop like workflows and editing I have always opted for Krita or Inkscape.
Without resorting to monthly Adobe subs, you can always opt for Serif’s Affinity range of products. I know many creative professionals who’ve moved over and the transition was very smooth. The products don’t break the bank either and it’s a good old buy-and-use-forever deal.
Yeah, I’ve always been keen to check out their tools just never bothered with the price to entry, granted, as you say, more affordable than buying into the whole Adobe ecosystem. Weren’t their products also available on Steam at some point?
I’ve used GIMP casually since the early 2000s and it’s always done be good. Having never used Photoshop (or anything else) extensively, I find it to be perfectly fine for basic image manipulation for work and home.
Hopefully it gets noticed more now that it’s on the MS Store, I’m not sure what else it will do for them.
Some suggestion in the official blog post that part of the reason is because some people were possibly taking advantage of there not being an official release on the MS Store:
While others distributing GIMP is not necessary a problem (we even have a page explaining why selling GIMP is not illegal), we have no way to know what is actually in a third-party package, hence we cannot vouch for them.
…Anyway we saw enough problematic cases that we are happy to announce GIMP being now officially distributed on the Microsoft Store so that everyone can get GIMP from its source.