Selections, Resizing Selections and Moving Selections

Note: This post is for the newbies starting on learning GIMP.  Note that I am using GIMP 2.6 and any reference hereto are applicable to the said and later versions.

Selections? What are those?

Well, some refer to them as “Marching Ants”. Basically, these are portions in your canvas, if you will, that you can perform specific actions or it defines an area where an action is constrained to.

There are lots of ways in creating a selection on GIMP. We have the Rectangular Select Tool, Ellipse Select Tool, Free Select Tool and etc. Continue reading Selections, Resizing Selections and Moving Selections

Pimp my GIMP with plugins and scripts!!

GIMP in itself is a powerful, open-source alternative to Photoshop or any other photo editor. But why stop there? Improve your GIMP with plugins, brushes and scripts. Expand the capabilities of GIMP and customize it according to your specifications. Add what you need in editing photos or making digital arts. (You can only remove what you added!!) Continue reading Pimp my GIMP with plugins and scripts!!

Slicing made Easy!!

Creating slices in GIMP, Photoshop or any software especially for web is a very tiring process.  I’m sure most of you experiences this feeling.  The never ending process of creating layouts of your design, flattening the image, setting your guidelines, executing the slicing script, encoding your html, previewing in a browser ( and dang, it doesn’t look good), going back to your design, unflattening or undoing your steps, making necessary changes, flattening the image (again!!), setting guidelines and so on and so on. Continue reading Slicing made Easy!!

Clean up your layers on GIMP

Layers separate different “elements” when you’re editing an image on GIMP, Photoshop and other image-editing softwares. This helps you control the movement of each part of the images such as shadows, gradients, text and etc. When you create a layer, its size is the same as that of the image/canvas.

The wonderful thing about GIMP is that we can optimize its layers thus increasing control over the canvas. We can prevent useless area on a specific layer which enables users to know exactly the boundaries of each image. Continue reading Clean up your layers on GIMP

GIMP: An open-source alternative for Photoshop

GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, an alternative to Photoshop when editing images. This is a very good software for open-source software lovers like me. GIMP is intended for UNIX platforms but there are versions of GIMP for Windows and Mac OS.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. You can augment plug-ins and extensions to perform simple task to complex image manipulations.

To know more about GIMP, check this out for Introduction to GIMP.

Itching to try it out? Download your copy of GIMP, install it and let’s start gimping!!

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