Put simply, GIMP is a free design software similar to Photoshop. (Whether they have the same features I could not tell you, never having used Photoshop.)
I have begun to work with GIMP only recently. But it is fun! (When it isn’t frustrating to the point of hair-pulling!)
Frankly, I avoided use of GIMP at first because it baffled me. I still don’t understand much about alpha channels and such. And reading the manual has been little help. But Youtube videos boosted my confidence and willingness to experiment, and I have begun to practice by making memes when I have the time to play. I’ve even tried merging two images and used that capability to make a book cover.
Have you ever tried GIMP or Photoshop or a similar program? Would you consider yourself an expert at photo manipulation?
[Thanks to freeimages.com/Kristin Smith for the featured image.]