There are two very popular programs which people use to change or edit any images and these two programs are Photoshop and the Gimp photo app. With either one of these, you should be able to alter any image you wish, including videos. Although both programs offer free tutorials in order that you can learn how to use them for the best effect, it is perhaps the certified course offered by Photoshop that will be the most useful when seeking employment, editing images. It isn’t that the Gimp program does not have free tutorials that are certified, it is just that the Photoshop certificate is more widely known and accepted. One drawback of the Photoshop program though is, you have to pay for it whilst you don’t for the Gimp program so; in other words, with the Gimp, you are getting a Free Photoshop program as they can do almost exactly the same things. Another drawback with the Photoshop is that it takes up a lot of space on your hard drive. I know that today the space available on hard drives is huge but anyone with an older or smaller computer may find the program a little too big for their liking, whereas the Gimp program is just 1.20th the size of Photoshop, a definite advantage to many.
Photoshop was the original program though and it is still ideal for any editing or altering that is needed to images or even videos. It can turn black and white into colour and vice versa, make images larger or smaller and can enhance the quality of many images. The program basically makes anything possible when it comes to images and changing them from their original shape, size or colour. There are so many uses for the program that many different tutorials are offered in order to fully understand it and use it to its full potential, fortunately though, these tutorials are well broken down into several different aspects and so a user need only look for the tutorial which teaches them what they are actually interested in doing. For example, if you just need to touch up a couple of images, you do not have to learn about video as well or, if you only want to know about videos, you do not have to learn how to touch up images. Although the Gimp is a much smaller program, many users think that it has tools which are far easier to understand and use and so would opt for Gimp even if the Photoshop program was free. Perhaps the only thing that Gimp does not offer which Photoshop does is Pantone colour. Pantone colour is very useful for matching images with any printed material and so is often preferred by web designers however, if you are not interested in Pantone, there is very little else that the free Gimp program cannot offer you that buying Photoshop can.
Obviously, as with many other programs, many people have their own preferences as to which they use buy, if you are looking for an imaging editor, starting with Gimp will not cost you anything nor will it take up so much space on your hard drive.