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Q: Gimp vs Photoshop

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 ...
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Q: Gimp vs Photoshop

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 ...
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Generate close-up photo of laptop screen (with pixels)

Here's an comparison between an RGB image (left) and how it looks when photographed in extreme close-up (right): The LCD sub-pixel pattern is apparent and we also see how the pattern is slightly ...
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How to edit a ring-shaped image into a straight line?

It won't be perfect but you could use a Polar Coordinates filter (Filter → Distort → Polar Coordinates...) set to "Polar to Rectangular" on the image: The result will be "straight", but ...
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In GIMP, how can I identify and match the saturation of an image

I think there is some major color profile confusion going on here. When I download the low res version with the vibrant colors you like, I notice that its color profile is Adobe RGB. The hi res ...
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Techniques for cutting out hair accurately

Advanced hair extraction tutorial First off, plugins and simpler methods are available. This is if you want to get higher quality results. It is largely the same as ACEkin's answer except going into ...
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How do I make this image in image effect?

An easier way than masks: using blends. Here's how I would go about creating the first one: Grab yourself a picture of a cityscape. Make it greyscale if it isn't already. Next, grab yourself a ...
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What changes might be considered offensive when altering a person's profile image?

Interesting question. You partially answered yourself: "heavy edits offensive". Do not heavily edit anything. In my experience shooting portraits: 95% (sort of) of clients want "Put some Photoshop ...
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How to fit a vertical headshot into a horizontal frame

#3. Get your client to see the benefits of a proper photoshoot After years of doing your #1 i finally managed to introduce an updated design for my clients' company profile, website and corporate ...
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How can I edit a scanned business card?

This isn't how graphic design works. You have a raster file, meaning the text cannot be edited very easily. It's essentially a photograph of a business card. See What are the differences between ...
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GIMP: How to crop a layer?

To crop a layer: Double-click the "Crop Tool" in the Toolbox. In the Crop Tool's "Tool Options" dialog, check the checkbox next to "Current Layer Only". Note: By selecting this box, all future use ...
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How to change the color of an uneven surface to white in Photoshop?

Another option is to drop the saturation to 0 using Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation.... Next fiddle with the levels until you're satisfied ( Image > Adjustments > Levels... ). Some elaboration ...
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What would be a less distracting background for white?

It's not distracting Personally I don't think it is distracting. And white background profile pictures are ubiquitous. Especially since companies want to keep visual similarity between their team, ...
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How to turn a shiny metallic surface into a matte surface?

Applying a gradient map as a clipping mask should achieve something like the effect you're after. This quick gradient map: Produced this:
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In GIMP, how can I identify and match the saturation of an image

Looking at the pictures you posted, it seems to me that the ones you consider "duller and less vibrant" are actually higher quality images, not just in resolution, but in color information. ...
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What is this style, a grid of varying dots, called?

That’s a halftone. Halftone is the reprographic technique that simulates continuous tone imagery through the use of dots, varying either in size, in shape or in spacing, thus generating a gradient ...
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What changes might be considered offensive when altering a person's profile image?

Correct skin tones, pimples, scratches, and highlight spots primarily. Beyond the a little light dodging and burning if appropriate on any particularly bad ones. Basically, correct anything that is ...
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How to convert any fabric to look like leather / latex?

One of the problems with the example image is that it's a very noisy jpeg with with noticeable jpeg compression artifacts. It would be better to start with a RAW image file straight from the camera. ...
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How to convert any fabric to look like leather / latex?

There'a an older answer which covers a part of it, but I have an alternative and a little to add, too. At first the noise: It's something that cannot be skipped. The needed edits would explode the ...
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How is this red/blue effect created?

This is very likely a gradient map, which allows you to map different colors to the luminosity of a given picture. There's more than one way to apply a gradient map: Select the desired layer, then ...
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Q: Gimp vs Photoshop

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 ...
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Modify pixel art size without losing aesthetic

While transforming, you should set your 'interpolation' to 'nearest neighbor'. Select the layer your foreground is on; Press Cmd / Ctrl+T or choose Edit > Free Transform... to enter Free Transform ...
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How do I convert an RGB black and white photograph to just CMYK black

Open your file into Photoshop, open the channels panel, you will notice that the black and white areas are presented in all RGB channels. Go to Edit > Convent Profile. In the convert to profile ...
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Best way to flatten a curled photographed book photograph?

Here are the manual steps to achieve that in Photoshop (based in CS6 on OS X): Open the image (Ctrl-O). Increase contract by selecting in menu Image -> Auto Tone (Shift-CMD-L). Optional: Choose ...
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How to create an artistically posterized monotone portrait?

I found a quickish method! You had almost all of the workflow, and the 'cutout' part that you had, is what I was missing when trying at first. Starting with this image, because I couldn't find the ...
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How to edit pictures that have turned out to be too dark on print?

All you need to do to preview your photos correctly on your screen is use a print profile. I have always done this in Photoshop (and if you have Lightroom, you probably have Photoshop too). Step 1: ...
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How to edit a ring-shaped image into a straight line?

This can be done. But not done very accurately. There will be some warping and distortion when you straighten it out. That said, here's what I would do. Cut the piece into 3 separate pieces using ...
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How can I modify an image to have colors that flow into each other and what is this effect called?

It's the Radial Gradient Tool Double click on layer or right click and select Blending Options. Check Gradient Overlay and change mode to Radial as shown in image. Drag your cursor above image to ...
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how can I make glitter tears effect?

Quite a complex case, I say - if it must be fully artificial. But you can mix glitter polish to transparent colorless gel. With it you can paint areas and make real drips. Grey underpainting is ...
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