Alternatives to GIMP? Blender?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by kwijbo, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. kwijbo macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2012
    I think this is the appropriate forum but if not Mods please move.

    I switched to a Mac about 2 months ago and have been a long time GIMP user. On Windows its great, on OSX not so much. I was hoping the next version (2.8) would be a major improvement but it seems to keep getting delayed and I'm losing hope.

    I recently came across Blender (development seems much more active) and while it seems its much more geared towards animation it does say its compatible with a ton of 2D formats, including PSD's. Does anyone here use it and can you comment on it's 2D abilities? Thanks
  2. juanm macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2006
    Fury 161
    About Blender, it's probably meant in the sense that it can load these formats as textures, backgrounds, and such.

    Although it's not free, Pixelmator has a lot of followers, and a very reasonable price.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Blender is not a GIMP/Photoshop alternative. It is an animation program first and foremost.
  4. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    +1 for Pixelmator. MUCH better than Gimp IMO.

    Blender is great but its not really for your uses. As others stated the 2D stuff is for textures that are either applied directly to 3D models, or used as environments for 3D models. Its a whole different kind of application.

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