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Most of us have heard of Photoshop, the image edited software that is wildly popular across the world. All designers swear by it and rightly so, given the number of features it provides.

And if Photoshop is not available, as happens typically in the workplace and we need to edit an image, we revert to MS Paint of all things!!!

For the common user, the cost of the software can be prohibitive. Though using a boot-leg copy of the software is an option, why follow that route when better options are available.

I would like to suggest an alternative to Photoshop – another popular, open-source image editor, namely GIMP.

GIMP is an image editing application that is equally powerful, though its interface is different from that of Photoshop – which is a problem for regular Photoshop users. GIMP provides standard image operations like cropping, resize, editing and adding transparency and much more.

GIMP also provides many filters that are typically used to create effects like lens flare, glass effect, blurred edges, drop shadow, etc.

For office use, I would definitely recommend GIMP, as it caters to the needs of most people and also does not cost anything.

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