Best Photo Editing Software

For years I used PaintShop Pro 7. It had many useful features , served me well and carried out all my daily needs. BUT some tasks were  not possible.

  1. Resizing : making images a different size was a pain, it can only be done by inserting a % increase or decrease. With Gimp and Photoshop and Corel Draw resizing is easy, drag and drop. 
  2. Masking : When you want a transparent background and only part of an image showing, PSP isn’t easy to use. With Gimp , many presets are available and a simple CTRL – i   will invert the selection ,  ready to delete 
  3. Transformation: with GIMP putting text on a wall so the perspective looks right is easy

Here is a very simple tutorial using GIMP to make this picture element in a circle. Typically this would be used to put an authors picture in an article like my dog-training blog 

or I will use the Round images in customer reviews  for a product

Ms Smith thought the new piper 434 cordless vacuum  cleaner was absolutely fab, cleaned all 3 rooms in one charge 

Mrs K from Fulford said The whole range of Piper Vacuum cleaners were priced well below the market leaders but the performance was brilliant.

Mr Fulford from Rotherhythe thought the top model was overpriced but the mid range model did the best job of cleaning by far and so quick as the battery did not fade after 20 mins like the cheaper models


This tutorial uses the latest Gimp version 2.10.22

Open your picture in the Gimp editor


Over on the right, in the layers, right click the layer and “add alpha channel” 

On the left panel, select the “ellipse tool” , then  ensure the foreground colour is white, background is black

Set up the Ellipse parameters like this: 

Pull the ellipse from the centre out, then move the selection to give the image position that you want. 

Now invert the selection ( crawling dots outline ) and press delete. You will now have a round image with transparent background.  Export the image as a .png file and insert in your page

Look out for my tutorial on perspective transformation next…