Saturday, December 1, 2007

Your Graphics Are Standing On Two GIMPy Legs

Many times I have found myself in need of a graphic for the site or a landing page. I can't always find what I want on the web and in the past have had to either pay someone to do it or just do without. I had never really found a good robust image software package and am not going to spring for Photoshop.

I came across a free gnu program that is in many ways similar to Photoshop. The program is called The GIMP. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. But basically the same code also runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X. To download this powerful, and FREE, program visit http://www.gimp.org/downloads/. The GIMP team doesn't officially provide any Windows binaries. You can, however, install GIMP easily using the Windows installers by Jernej Simončič.

* Download GIMP 2.4.2 – Installer for Windows 2000 and above

There is also a great GIMP user community where you can get tutorials and ask questions from other users. Here are three sites, there are many more, that I visit and have found about the best.
* http://gimp-tutorials.net/
* http://www.gimpusers.com/
* http://gimper.net/

These are great sites and I have always found the information I was seeking. I have learned a lot about the program and it's capabilities from the sites. Download the program and then start doing some of the tutorials and you should pick up the program pretty quick. I can't say this enough though that you should immediately go through some of the simpler tutorials and get familiar with the program.

What graphics program, if any, do you use? Have you used Photoshop or something else? Have you used GIMP? If so what versions and have you tried out the most recent version?

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