5 Best Feature Coming In Gimp 3

Published on:


GIMP is a free and open-source photo editing software designed to be a free alternative to Photoshop.

Despite being free software, gimp can do nearly 70 to 80 percent of what Photoshop can do, and with the release of gimp 3, the gaps will be much closer.

So, in this article, we will show you some of the amazing features that Gimp 3 will have, and if you are a Photoshop user, switching to Gimp will be much easier.

Much Cleaner UI


The current version of gimp is more than capable of doing all professional-level things, but doing so becomes much more difficult when you have an ugly/scary Ui, which is the case with gimp, but not for long because gimp 3 will have significant UI changes that will make your experience much better.

Gimp 3 will be using the GTK 3 toolkit, which honestly looks a lot better, and also actively maintained toolkit means more refined and modern UI.

The current development version of gimp uses GTK 3, which means you can see all of the modern UI elements, such as buttons, sliders, and checkboxes, but the basic UI settings remain the same. However, there is a possibility that the default UI of gimp will change because there is a discussion going on about changing the UI of gimp.

So, if you know a lot about UI, you can help gimp’s UI to become better by either providing feedback about UI to gimp or directly helping the gimp team with UI design, and keep in mind that gimp currently doesn’t have anyone on the team to help with UI stuff, so any help will be greatly appreciated.

Better Performance

The gimp’s current development version includes a render cache that stores the results of scaling, color management, display filters, and shell masking, this results in a much faster user experience.

And many under-the-hood changes will occur in Gimp 3, making your experience much more snappy and less frustrating.

Multi-layer selection

Multi-layer selection support is one of the most common features in any layer-based photo editing software. In Gimp 2.10, Multi-layer selection is not present, which caused a lot of people to be frustrated. In Gimp 3, Multi-layer selection will be present, as you can see in the latest development build of gimp. 

Paint Select tool

If you’ve ever used Photoshop, you’re probably familiar with the quick selection tool; the Paint Select tool works in the same way.

The Paint Select tool is a smart selection tool, which means you don’t have to put in a lot of effort to select a subject in your images; simply dragging your brush stroke into a similar area of the image will select it.

Extension Manager

Gimp has many useful extensions that extend the features in gimp, but installing extensions in gimp is very counter-intuitive. This will change in gimp 3 because Extension Manager will make installing extensions much easier, including brush, splash screens, patterns, and dynamics.