GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an open-source, free photo editing software called one of the best alternatives to Adobe Photoshop. It is a cross-platform software available on Linux, Windows, OS X, and many other operating systems. It is open-source software, which means anyone can contribute to developing this software and create their plugins according to their needs.
The best part is if there is a bug in the software, then there is no need to wait for the developers to release a bug fix; instead, anyone can contribute to the bug fixes, which means that bugs are fixed at a faster rate because of the active community of GIMP. Though, it isn’t that easy to download GIMP for macOS. We have prepared this tutorial for the open-source software lovers, which would help you install GIMP on your Apple device.
Prerequisites for GIMP
- Visit the official website of GIMP
- You would see a button in red to download, followed by the latest version. This would take you to the final download page.
- When you reach the next page, it automatically detects your operating system and suggests you download methods for that OS, but below, you will be presented with options such as Show Downloads for GNU/LINUX | OS X. Click on the OS X.
- You can download GIMP for macOS through either BitTorrent or Direct. (I would recommend downloading directly.)
Step 2: Installation
How to Install GIMP for macOS
- Once you have downloaded the file, a ‘Downloads’ notification would show up next to the trash can icon. Click on it to see the GIMP download package.
- It would be a ‘.dmg’ file, which is a standard installation extension for macOS.
- Click on it to start the installation process. It would display a status bar as the file extraction takes 1-2 minutes.
- Once the file has been extracted, open the package. You will see ‘GIMP 2.10 Install.’
- The next step would be to drag the GIMP file into ‘Applications Folder.’
- Open a new Finder window. To do this, click on File, then click on New Finder Window in the top right corner of your screen.
- Now since you have the Finder Window open, navigate through your Applications folder.
- A status bar will pop up stating ‘copying’ while GIMP is getting copied from the Downloads folder to the Applications folder.
- Once GIMP has been successfully copied to the Applications folder, double click on the GIMP icon. macOS would verify the application for the first time, and then you can open the GIMP application.
This was the tutorial on how you can install GIMP on your macOS and start with creating unique creations. The best part is that it is free with quick updates and bug fixes, making it almost at par with Adobe Photoshop.