[kwlug-disc] Is GIMP pro-quality?

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Tue Mar 2 20:48:31 EST 2010

On Tue, Mar 02, 2010 at 09:14:24PM -0500, Richard Weait wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 8:17 PM, Paul Nijjar <paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca> wrote:
> > I read this on Twitter. Does anybody here have an answer?
> >
> > =======
> > mvc1095: having a debate with some co-workers. are there pro graphic
> > designers who work on linux with gimp? as in have paid rent for a year
> > that way.
> > =======
> Non-sequitur. Wrapped up in a straw-man.

Wow. I don't see how either of these accusations are justified. 

The common wisdom is that you require Photoshop and its proprietary
friends to make a living, because these programs blow the pants off of
GIMP and friends. This question asks whether that is actually the

> How about, does the GIMP do what you want?

What if what you want is "to make a living doing graphic design using
Free Software"? I think that is totally legitimate question; if such
examples exist it would demonstrate that the tools are good enough,
even if they lag in features behind their proprietary counterparts. 

If you don't think that Linux and GIMP are relevant, increase the
scope to Inkscape or other graphic design tools (but not as broad as
Drupal; given that this person pays/paid his rent working with Drupal, I
think he knows the answer to that). 

- Paul


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