1. The GIMP is a freeware graphics application. It was originally created tp be run on Unix Machines, but has been ported across to many different operating systems.
Please be aware that it works best on Windows Operating Systems bases on NT technology i.e. Windows NT, 2000 or XP. It will still work on 98 or ME, but it may not be as stable.
For more information, go to www.gimp.org
2. For the GIMP to run, you need to install both the GTK+ Runtime environment & the actual GIMP application. The easiest way to install it is to use one of the installers that have been created, so this is what we're going to do!
Go to The Gimp for Windows
|3. Click on the link to Stable Version down the left hand side of the page.
4. Under the heading Stable Version Download, there are 2 tables - one for GTK+ 2 for Windows (version 2.4.3) & one for The Gimp for Windows (version 2.0.4).
You need to download a copy of both of these. Select whichever download site is closest to you & download both of these.
Save them to a folder you can find easily, you can always create a new one called something like GIMP Downloads.
If you want, you can download the additional files (e.g. the Help files), but I am not going to be focising on that for now.
5. Once these have finished downloading, use Windows Explorer or My Computer to navigate to the folder you have saved them to. They are both zip files.
Extract them both (you can extract them to the same place that you downloaded them to.)
|6. The GTK+ environment needs to be installed first. Close all open applications. Double-click on gtk+-2.4.3-setup
|7. Run through the setup program. Accept the default for the file location etc. unless you have a reason for needing to change them.
|8. When complete, go back to Windows Explorer & double-click on gimp-2.0.4-i586-setup to install the actual GIMP application.
|9. Again, run through the install program, accepting the defaults unless you have a reason for changing anything.
10. You should be able to access it though your start menu under Start/Programs/GIMP/GIMP 2.
When you run GIMP 2 for the first time, you will be asked some questions to customise & tune-up the applications. If you know what they all mean, feel free to play, but if you're unsure, just press Continue the whole way through.
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