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Joann Empson
Posts: 430
Walnut Creek, California, US


The GIMP development team is looking for participants to work with them in this year's Google Summer of Code (GSoC).

GIMP team wrote:
Our PSD importer/exporter isn't perfect, so we added its improvement to the list of Google Summer of Code project ideas. If you are an eligible student willing to work on better support for Photoshop files in GIMP, please get in touch with us. We are submitting a request to participate at GSoC2013 this year.
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And if you are willing to apply as a student, talking to us early will make it easier to succeed, should we be approved as a mentoring organization, and then you as the student.

Last year five students worked on GIMP during GSoC. Here's GIMP's list of proposals for this year's GSoC.

Google offers a $5000 stipend to students who are accepted into the program. Each student will be paired with a mentor from a free software project that they are interested in working on.

Mar 21 13 06:25 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Eastfist
Posts: 3,502
Green Bay, Wisconsin, US


So GIMP is written by students? No wonder it's so hacky. I wish I could help out, but it's using GTK. I've only recently learned Qt.
Mar 21 13 06:34 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Joann Empson
Posts: 430
Walnut Creek, California, US


Eastfist wrote:
So GIMP is written by students? No wonder it's so hacky.

smile Well, if you want to generalize like that, then Photoshop is written by students as well. Adobe has had student internships that allowed students to get their feet wet with pieces of Photoshop's code, too.

Anyway, other than in the context of comedy, being hacky is a good thing. By definition, a hacker is anyone who employs playful cleverness.

If GIMP stems from playful cleverness, that would explain why it is so wonderful!

Mar 21 13 09:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Kevin Connery
Posts: 16,654
El Segundo, California, US


You might find it much more effective to advertise somewhere where developers hang out, rather than retouchers and artists.

The UX folks for the GIMP, on the other hand, should spend more time with retouchers, graphic artists, and such. That might make the product more useful for said non-programming retouchers, graphic artists and such..
Mar 22 13 01:31 am  Link  Quote 
Artist/Painter
JJMiller
Posts: 468
Buffalo, New York, US


Just to clarify a couple of things:

GSOC is basically a summer job for students to implement or improve on a feature, they are mentored by experienced coders.

I don't consider Gimp to be hacky at all, it's very stable from my experience.

Ease of use is more from experience and familiarity and is a personal experience- I've used Gimp more than PS so PS to me seems unintuitive and clunky.
Mar 22 13 06:42 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
KonstantKarma
Posts: 2,513
Hickory, North Carolina, US


I agree, I find user interface and tools of GIMP much more smooth and user-friendly than Adobe products, but either one takes a lot of time to learn.

It would be nice if they could discuss working on sampling from all layers to edit on a transparent layer, and improve the 16-bit support (which I see the 16 bit is coming in 2.10).

It would also be nice if certain default settings could be saved and not have to be re-implemented on every image - for example, the view grid settings.

When that's done, I will have no complaints ever. big_smile
Mar 24 13 06:47 am  Link  Quote 
Artist/Painter
JJMiller
Posts: 468
Buffalo, New York, US


"working on sampling from all layers to edit on a transparent layer,"

  Some tools have a "sample merged" checkbox, will this do it for you?
Mar 24 13 07:04 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
KonstantKarma
Posts: 2,513
Hickory, North Carolina, US


JJMiller wrote:
"working on sampling from all layers to edit on a transparent layer,"

  Some tools have a "sample merged" checkbox, will this do it for you?

No, it still doesn't allow for work on a transparent layer, only a layer from which there's data to pull.

Mar 24 13 09:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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