On Wed, May 04, 2005 at 03:10:33AM +0000, Kent Tong wrote:
> Hi,
> We're an organization promoting open source in Macau. We're considering
> whether to organize some training courses on GIMP or not. Before that, 
> we'd like to evaluate how powerful GIMP is when compared to Photoshop. 
> We're not insisting that it must be as powerful as Photoshop. We just 
> need a clear idea on its power. 
> As I'm not a graphics guy, I've got a colleague to do some initial 
> evaluation. As my colleague has a strong photoshop background but is 
> just getting started with GIMP, I'd like to have the confirmation from 
> someone like you with strong GIMP experience. So, would you please
> comment on my colleague's finding below? Thanks in advance!
> Disadvantage of GIMP
> - Text tool
> -- Can't display Chinese in the "GIMP Text Editor"
> -- Can't control indivitual text format in the same Text. (The format applies 
> to
> the whole text)
> -- Compare to PhotoShop, creating text effect is difficult. Photoshop built in
> text effects. GIMP can only use the filter or script-fu to create effect. 

this reflects the limitations in access TheGIMP has had to fonts.  By
the time you have permission to use them and access to how they are
made, if you are using linux you will respect the people who made the

if photoshop had been designed to respect the font and the font author,
the disadvantage would be equal.  photoshop was designed to encourage
people to purchase fonts from adobe, perhaps.

> -- Compare to PhotoShop, text effect will still be apply even the Text is
> changed. But you need to do everything again if you text need to be changed.
> -- Can't display Chinese font in the font selection list.
> - Layers control
> -- Can't display Chinese in the Layer.
> -- Compare to PhotoShop, managing the layers is not that easy. You can define
> layers to groups in Photoshop. You can even target an action to a group. No
> group idea in GIMP.
it is interesting that photoshop is considered to have better layers
control than gimp.  if you use gimp more you will see who has the real
control of them.

most people who use photoshop think it is the right and best way.  it
might be less expensive to get rid of them also and pay someone to help
with the chinese text.


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