One thing is immediately noticeable about the new GIMP 2.10 online is its appearance that is also included by this OffiDocs release. It has a completely refreshed look. There's a new Photoshop-style dark theme in use as the default. You get three other options (including the original light theme) if you prefer.
It main features are:
1. MORE USER INTERFACE CUSTOMIZATION
In the new GIMP 2.10 online you can run from OffiDocs, you have more options to change up how your GIMP looks – with new icon sets, new theme colors, and new layout options. For those of you whom are very particular about your GIMP workflow and aesthetics, you’ll be happy with your ability to customize your GIMP.
2. BETTER, FASTER COLOR MANAGEMENT
GIMP v2.10 online provided by OffiDocs has improved its color management, allowing for higher-quality images to be edited with more precision at faster speeds – plus you’ll see a better representation of colors on your canvas while you edit.
3. 80 GEGL BASED FILTERS
GIMP has been using GEGL filters for several years now, including in its 2.8 release, but it is expanding its total number of GEGL features for 2.10. It is even replacing some of its previous filters with GEGL versions, as GEGL, which stands for “General Graphics Library,” is “non-destructive” and thus is a better long-term solution to keep the GIMP program flexible. Pat mentioned that GEGL filters are a crucial step towards “adjustment layers” in future versions of GIMP (it is projected that this feature will be available in GIMP 3.2). For those of you not familiar with an adjustment layer – they are used very often in Photoshop and allow you to make adjustments to your image without those adjustments having to be directly on the image.
4. FILTERS WILL USE ON-CANVAS EDITING
In GIMP 2.10 online, filters use on-canvas editing, meaning the changes or adjustments you make to your filters will show up on your image in real-time. This allows more flexibility in image editing and a faster workflow.
5. SPLIT PREVIEW
This is an option that allows you to split your canvas and see a direct before (one side of the split preview line) and after (the other side of the split preview line) of the effects you are applying to your image. This is super useful as you can see the difference effects make on your original photo (prior to applying effects) with a direct side-by-side comparison. You can even move the split preview line so you can compare various parts of your image.
6. IMPROVED TRANSFORM TOOLS
GIMP is making its transform tools (i.e. scale, flip, rotate, etc.) faster and giving them more functionality for GIMP 2.10 as you can see in OffiDocs. This will improve your workflow and make it easier to perform transformations on your image. Plus, the GIMP team has brought the “Unified Transform” tool to GIMP, which will combine several transform tools (rotate, scale, skew, perspective) into a single, unified tool. The new Unified Transform Tool combines things like the old shear, perspective, and scale tools into a single unit. It's effectively a version of Photoshop's Free Transform Tool, and is very welcome. The separate tools still exist, for now, although the new one is much quicker and more logical to use.
7. CANVAS ROTATION
Artists whom enjoy using GIMP as a drawing program can now rotate their canvas while they work! This is great for people who are used to turning their paper while they draw – and thus can provide a more natural way of working within GIMP when using a drawing tablet. This is also a useful tool for general GIMP graphic designers who need to rotate the canvas for any reason to make it easier to edit items on screen.
8. NEW LAYER/BLEND MODES
GIMP 2.10 replaces the old Blend Tool with a new Gradient Tool that allows you to create and edit gradients directly on the canvas. You can move or rotate them, or add or delete color stops without needing to play around with dialog boxes. And, of course, all of your changes update in real time.
9. SUPPORT FOR INPUTTING RAW IMAGES
Gimp 2.10 online by OffiDocs allows users to seamlessly open RAW images into GIMP without needing to manually set up third party RAW plugins. This is how Photoshop currently works – it uses a third-party plugin called “CameraRaw,” but it integrates so seamlessly that it seems like Photoshop just has a proprietary RAW plugin built into it.