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    Default Opinions on Gimp for Final Processing



    In my continuing quest to find the right tools, I am torn between the almost prohibitive cost of Photshop compared to the freely available Gimp. I have noticed many people use PS for final processing. I have also noticed many people use Gimp for final processing. Results are the same; fantastic images.

    Granted, many of these images start out with incredible potential (atmospheric conditions, dark sites, etc), but as a whole, I wonder why someone would fork out close to 1k for PS when Gimp is free.

    I have tried out PS CS 4 and Gimp. I found that I can download, once again for free, plugins for Gimp that allow me to do the same thing as PS.

    Currently, I am at a point where I feel the only thing holding me back is light pollution. Gus did a great job on one of my images as an example, but the effects of light pollution are sill evient (it's quite severe in my location).

    If any of you have used both PS and Gimp, I would appreciate your thoughts. Is Gimp fully adequte to the task or am I missing some incredible built in ability from PS that will help me process a better result?

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    Great post, as a beginner I have the same question. I've not tried PS and I'm wondering if it's worth the hefty price tag? What does money buy that's not freely available in GIMP?

    Will follow the replies with interest.

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    I bought PS cs4 before I was interested in AP because I quickly learned the benefits of shooting in raw file format. I have never used GIMP because I have cs4. Since I began taking AP images, I have learned more about cs4 then I ever did with day time images.

    I have recently learned how to eradicate a lot more light pollution from images using PS..but can also be done with GIMP. See thread in AP processing and try it. I have read that you can not get a dark sky image from a non dark sky location.

    So I would not go out and spend 1K on software that will not get rid of your LP. I would use a free programme or one that is not to dear. What PS gives me is slightly more chance of extracting data from an image that other wise would be quite bad.
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    The new PS content aware fill is outstandingly awesome, but doesn't have a real use inside of astrophotography from what I have seen. Maybe help for artifacts, but those are easily taken care of with other means.

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    Believe me, I know the limitations of processing an image overcome by light pollution. I am certain there are many tricks I am yet to learn that will improve my images, but the light pollution, you can only remove so much of that before it interferes and detracts from the data of the object.

    Dublin, I have been following the threads in this particular section of the forum. Great stuff!
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    GIMP apparently has nearly all the attributes of PS and is constantly being updated with new functionality. The biggest advantage, of course, is that GIMP is free and PS very expensive as mentioned above. As a beginner in astro photography myself I would (and do) use GIMP. I can do virtually all of the tasks PS does and it costs me nothing. I will also retain ALL my original images ie "subs" (on disc or hard drive) so that when I am more experienced I could reprocess using another software (like PS or an updated version of GIMP). At the moment my funds have just gone on a DSLR camera (unmodded - so not ideal in itself!) so expensive software will have to wait, quite possibly indefinately.
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    There's little to no difference between the two in terms of astrophotography processing. However, PS is far superior as a general image editor. It can do anything, and I mean anything with a picture, though for you to be able to do anything with a picture, you'll need a lot of patience, skills, and practice.

    The only reason I use PS for editing astrophotos is because I already have PS, so why would I use, or even download and install GIMP when I have PS ready to go?
    PS offers a lot more to do with an image than GIMP, though for AP processing you won't need those, so if you won't use PS for anything else, get GIMP.
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    I have PhotoShop, Gimp, and Corel's PhotoPaint. PS and PP are older versions and fairly compariable except for color management where PS out shines PP.

    GIMP, I just down loaded and am exploring it at the moment. From what I see so far, I will retire PP and PS as neither of my older programs handle RAW files.

    I'd say, go with GIMP. If you ever get to the point where it can not meet your requirements, you can always shell out the mega bucks for PS if you have some driving need to make a software company richer. Frankly, I'd rather spend my money on hardware rather than software that the computer companies will make obsolete in a few years by upgrades in operating systems, etc., etc., etc.
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    I have both Photoshop and GIMP. Though they have nearly the same tools, Photoshop, in my opinion, is WAY better to use and is more user-friendly. I had GIMP before I had ever used Photoshop, and I was getting frusterated with it even with no "better program" experience. I bought Photoshop, and it was like I died and went to heaven. I find it so much easier to use everything on Photoshop. GIMP is just too crowded and cluttered, and all the very useful tools that are obvious on Photoshop, I find, are hidden on GIMP.

    They are basically the same, minus the price, but I much prefer Photoshop over GIMP any day.
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    Is gimp still 8 bit processing?

 

 
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