In my attempts to wean myself off as many commercial applications as possible, I decided to give The GIMP another try. I grabbed the Win32 installer for GIMP 2.2.17, which made installation a breeze. It certainly starts up much faster than Photoshop CS2, which is another big plus. It is amazing how featureful it is for a free software application.
But … there’s still a functionality gap between it and Photoshop and that’ll make it hard to switch completely. Specifically, where is GIMP’s equivalent of Photoshop’s “Median” filter? Not sure what I’m talking about? I’m referring to this:
It’s a really useful filter and I can’t seem to find the equivalent in GIMP. It’s good for smoothing sharp edges into curves, like this:
(Before and after)
Getting this effect is as easy as this in Photoshop:
But, how do you do it in GIMP? I’ve searched and the best I’ve found is people suggesting that GIMP’s “Filters > Enhance > Despeckle” has a “Median” filter, but it’s not even close to the same effect.
So, if there’s a GIMP wizard out there who knows GIMP inside and out, what’s the magic incantation to reproduce this effect that’s easily done in Photoshop, in GIMP?
Update: I found