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GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has mgimp_icon_by_gimilkhor-d3g318aany capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything.The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted. GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. But basically the same code also runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X.

One of my favorite features is being able to remove background from images to make them transparent.For instance, when you are developing your website or promotional online page, you may come across a great image but it has a white background. Well how do you remove the white background and make it transparent so you can use it on your website, document, or whatever? Well even though there are many, many, premium applications that are available that can accomplish this for you most of these programs come with a cost. Some of these programs can be as much as $1,200! If you’re like me, I don’t have that kind of money to spend on a graphics program! This is where GIMP is so great. This is a free program and you can download it by clicking on the image above or by going to the URL below: