So after many, many, many years of using versions of Adobe PhotoShop, I’ve finally decided to switch to GIMP. I love PhotoShop, and have an old bundle I bought maybe a decade ago (!) that included PhotoShop and Premiere. I’ve definitely gotten my money and use out of it - and technically, it still works. Premiere doesn’t seem to like the type of files I capture games with, nor does it do a very good job of exporting video. Probably because the version was created way in the early days of HD video - so it doesn’t export my Mavic footage or other widescreen gaming very efficiently. Sometimes I find it drops the audio tracks too. I’m sure there are plug-ins or whatever to address these issues, but sometimes you just get tired of battling with old software.
And instead, you decide to battle with new software. Not because it is worse of course, but just because it is different than what you used before. From Premiere, I moved last year to DaVinci Resolve 15 (you can still get 15, but it looks like a new version is 16)…a freeware solution that is every bit as powerful and complete as Premiere was, with the added bonus of easily working with HD footage and exporting it nicely.
So with the video editing side out of the way, and with the delivery of the new computer, I decided to ditch Photoshop 2008. By all accounts, it looks like GIMP 2.10.10 is one of the favored editors out there. I’ve been dabbling with it today and it seems very powerful, and can do everything that PhotoShop could do (and probably way more), but it is taking a while to get my fingers to stop moving to shortcuts that don’t work with GIMP. The good news is, I don’t need a lot of features, so learning the few I need shouldn’t take too long:
- Image resize
- Image crop
- Lighting (light/dark)
- Change file type/format
- Occasionally some artsy stuff
Next project is deciding if I should drop Microsoft Office 2007 (LOL). I understand Libre Office or something is the latest and greatest competitor there?