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To answer your literal question, there are a few areas where GIMP can be better than Photoshop. It's not particularly common (usually, at best you can expect them to do the job equally well), but it does happen. Off the top of my head (and keeping in mind that it's been many years since I last used Photoshop), here are a few examples: As a historical ...


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Before I start, just to let you know I'm a happy and frequent user of GIMP, but I also have an Adobe CC account, and use the latest version of Photoshop, which I also enjoy using. I'm not a fanboy of anything. GIMP is not Photoshop, and it doesn't really try to compete with Photoshop. It's not commercially developed, and so it's not a commercial competitor,...


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Other answers focus on how to improve the design, but since you asked why the design looks dated: Font too small. The very left looks less dated than the rest, why's that? On the left, the font size matches the vertical space available for the text, while in all other buttons the font is far too small. Let's also throw in the all upper case, Arial, and the ...


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You go here: https://developer.apple.com/fonts/ (yes I know this is the official link - thing is: SF is a open type font, its just "hidden" deep in the downloaded package) Then you download the font. Then open the downloaded zip with 7zip. do all the following steps with 7zip: open the folder SFPro open the San Francisco Pro.pkg open the file Payload~ ...


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Considering this is a POS system, I'd say the functionality is there. The buttons are big, relatively easy to read, and they are organised in groups, which would facilitate me finding what I'm looking for. Having said that, I see good structuring decisions, but not many design decisions. This is what I would look into: Fonts: Everything in your app is ...


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At first glance, I can't quickly tell what is what (and I have experience with restaurant POS systems). To me, the items in grey at the right of the UI don't seem to belong together. The yellow items in the center of the screen seem to actually be 3 sections, but this isn't clear? From the examples I have shown below (and I'm not saying anything of their ...


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Unfortunately Apple aren't too concerned with Windows users. They expect everyone who is designing for Mac to use a Mac. And since the San Francisco font has been created with specific features only available for Mac it is only available on Mac and unlikely to be available on Windows any time soon (unless someone decides to hack it, which is a possibility). ...


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Since many have said most of what I was going to, there is one situation, somewhat specialized, that GIMP can handle that Photoshop could not. I do astrophotograpy, and if I want to process the RAW images from the telescope's camera (not a SLR/DSLR attached), GIMP can process these files while Photoshop can not without a special plugin designed jointly by ...


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Design aside, is it functional, and do the people operating it understand how to use it? There is an element of don't fix what is not broken if that is the case. Yes, it looks dated, but many till systems I have used are guilty of the same simple look. Rounded buttons and colours chosen with accessibility in mind could spruce it up, but my gut feeling is ...


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I'm not a design professional either, but since I have to consider this kind of thing when building mobile apps.... Ditch the old-school win32 3d effect. It's literally out-of-touch in an era where everyone expects things to look touch-screen friendly. What you want to use is large flat regions for each action area (button) with either no spacing between ...


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I'm resurrecting this from the death, because I think I have the answer. I ended up downloading the font here, and proceeded to convert all the fonts to TTF format using this converter. This has worked great for me.


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Step 1: Download the font package from Apple. https://developer.apple.com/fonts/ Make sure to download the regular fonts and not the compact fonts for watchOS. The download will have an annoying .pkg file that Windows users will be unable to open immediately. That’s okay. Step 2: Download and install 7zip http://www.7-zip.org/download.html This will ...


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You can not compare GIMP and Photoshop because they do not represent the same category of tools. The world is full of pixel manipulators that have faster interaction speeds, more filters, better brushes, and are easier to use, cheaper. But this misrepresents Photoshop. Photoshop is mainly about its color management engine and its print related feature, ...


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I've taken advantage of most of the things listed in other answers but there were a few which I didn't see highlighted... Really flexible keybindings Also called keyboard-shortcuts or 'accelerators' depending on where you're from, I found that – at least in CS3 – Adobe arbitrarily limited which key-bindings were allowed for certain functions. The ...


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RGB is three dimensional, so to understand the problem it helps to visualise the RGB colour space as a three dimensional shape. A classic way is as a cube based on amounts of the three dimensions, red, green and blue: (images taken from Digital Color Design with the RGB Color Cube: Visualization and Color Coordination Activities, a journal article I ...


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I think what you're looking for is very similar to this recent question: How to achieve a gradient in adobe illustrator The issue is that a lot of what seems flat in the latest UI trends really isn't. There are subtle gradients and hard edged shadows all over the place. As I noted in the comments, I think the main thing you are noticing is how your very ...


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Things that can be used to differentiate buttons: the labels (obviously) color size order location proximity shape/style The more unintended damage an action may cause, the more likely you want to pick from more than just one of those options above. Not knowing the user flow for these commands, I don't know if your suggestion is enough, but it's ...


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There are no rules. If it looks right, it's acceptable.


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It also doesn't help that you're working with three four-letter words that all start with the letter 'S'. :) Color is an immediate indicator that something is different. In your first example you really have no idea what any of those buttons do unless you really take the time to pay attention and read them, at a glance, they are far to similar to ...


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I have used both. Like you I had several years of Photoshop use before using GIMP. The thing is that we tend to forget how much of a learning curve there is with Photoshop. GIMP is very powerful but also has quite a learning curve. The way you do things on GIMP is different than the way you would do them on Photoshop. The only thing which I think may ...


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If I understand correctly, you want to generate a halftone image like this: If so, there are a number of applications and plugins that you can use. It can be done in Photoshop, using either the built in Filter > Pixelate > Color Halftone or through changing the image mode to bitmap and using a halftone screen. It can be done in illustrator with the color ...


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On the old drivers, it was possible to set two "buttons" on the radial menu to mouse mode and pen mode. Now that this very use full feature is gone (you may ask WHY?) then the only other possibility is to change the buttons on the grip pen to mode toggle. Go to Wacom Tablet Properties and in the tool pane click on your grip pen. Then go down to the setting ...


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I agree with both Johannes and DA01, they've both raised the points that I would with regards to positioning, alliteration etc. But what I would like to add. With already having icons for sign save and send, then the re-positioning alone of the send button should be plenty. I would suggest not changing the colour as there is no need and it's also a bit ...


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When you design for digital, you don't need to use DPI. You only prepare the file in its 'natural' size, and in double that size for retina screens. So your output icon would be 250x250 for web, and 500x500 for iPhone. You can do with only the high res one, resizing it. But when you work for web it's important to keep a small file size (mobile networks ...


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In the RGB color model you have three channels reg, green and blue with values ranging from 0 - 255 (you knew that!). To cover the whole spectrum you combine the three channels with a certain amount of value options. So if you have x amount value options for each channel, you'll get x * x * x = x^3 color values. For two options e.g. 0 and 255 you get 2^3 = ...


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While Autodesk Sketchbook (which Michael suggests) does appear in the promo video in your link, the app in the photo is Clibe (see for instance: http://www.knowyourapps.com/reviews/clibe/ ). I clipped out the UI from one of the Clibe screenshots for comparison. I have not used the app myself.


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GIMP has smoothing options in the paint brush dynamics options. Krita has similar weighted smoothing And also stabilizer smoothing


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Google Docs If the intention is to share the list.... Then just with that single factor being predominant, I'd suggest Google Docs which are designed to be easily shared. Then digging further if you want a list, perhaps with dates, turnaround times, or other items in a table-like structure, a Google Doc Spreadsheet seems to be a good choice. There is also ...


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There are really only 3 solutions.... Client purchases and learns the software you use (InDesign, Illustrator, etc) - Watch font licenses here. You can't legally just give clients fonts you use in many instances.Therefore the client will also need to purchase font licenses for themselves. - In addition, I charge for native files. So there is that added cost ...


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