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ArchiCAD Tip: GIMP Imaging Software (A free alternative to Adobe Photoshop)


Many architectural practices use, or have used, Adobe Photoshop to edit and enhance images taken from either ArchiCAD or Artlantis.

Whilst Adobe Photoshop is an industry-standard imaging application, known worldwide, it is quite expensive to purchase a single commercial license (approx. €700 ex. VAT)

One alternative to using Adobe Photoshop, is to try GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). Despite its odd brand name, it is a fully-functional image-editing application, with many Photoshop-esque tools available ... with the added bonus of being free-to-download and free-to-use.

It may take a little while for new users to become familiar with the User Interface of GIMP 2.6, but Photoshop users with some experience should have no problems.
The upcoming GIMP 2.8 release will include some very favourable updates such as a unified Window layout and Layer Groups/Folders.

The software is available to download for Windows and Mac OSX, with accompanying GIMP Tutorials and GIMP FAQs

It has been said 'there is no such thing as a free lunch', but that rule can be flexed every so often and this is possibly one of the occasions.

Whilst DCS are happy to recommend this software, please remember DCS are not responsible for GIMP Technical support. GIMP is a free, open-source application (managed by many volunteer programmers, not DCS) and if you have any technical issues, please contact the GIMP team.