The GIMP program is a free software program that comes with Red Hat Linux 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 clicking on Graphics ® The GIMP or by typing gimp& from a Terminal window.
Note If GIMP is not on your system or is not installed properly, you can install it from CD-1 that comes with this book. Alternatively, you can obtain the latest copy of GIMP from http://www.gimp.org/. In many ways, GIMP is similar to Adobe Photoshop. Some people feel that GIMP's scripting features are comparable to, or even better than, Actions in Adobe Photoshop. One capability that GIMP lacks, however, is support for CMYK separations.
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