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Working with Graphics
Tools for creating and manipulating graphics are becoming both more plentiful and more powerful
in Linux systems as a whole. Leading the list is the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP).
GIMP lets you compose and author images as well as retouch photographs. Other tools for creating
graphics include ksnapshot (a program for taking screen captures) and kpaint (for working with
Manipulating Images with GIMP
GIMP is a free software program for manipulating photographs and graphical images. To create
images with GIMP, you can either import a drawing, photograph, or 3D image, or you can create
one from scratch. You can start GIMP from the system menu by selecting Graphics The GIMP or
by typing gimp& from a Terminal window.
Figure 21-13 shows an example of GIMP.
In many ways, GIMP is similar to Adobe Photoshop. Some people feel that GIMP's scripting fea-
tures are comparable to or even better than Actions in Adobe Photoshop. One capability that GIMP
lacks, however, is support for CMYK (cyan-magenta-yellow-black) separations. If CMYK is not crit-
ical for your graphics needs, you will probably find GIMP to be just as powerful and flexible as
Photoshop in many ways.
Working with Words and Images