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