GIMP Team gives in to constant nagging!

mtc-logoAs the usually well informed Steve Czajka from the GIMP Magazine reports in a special issue, the GIMP Team has started to rebrand the project. The name GIMP wasn’t professional sounding enough to reach the self defined goal of building a program that fulfills the demands of graphic professionals.

The GIMP Magazine has already changed it’s design. I will follow when I have secured the new domain names, implemented the name server changes and updated the web server for the former GIMP Magazine and Meet the ???????.

They could have announced that a bit earlier…..

Episode 189: Currywurst for Beginners

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This is an episode completely in “Beginners Level”, some of you have asked for such a thing. I go through the editing of an image and cover a lot of topics. Nothing really in depth, but you should be able to work your way through other material after viewing this one.

I start with a short tour through the user interface of GIMP, you find more about that in the GIMP documentation and other places. In between there is a bit about saving vs. exporting an image – without the nasty and pointless discussion.

The image itself has to be rotated a bit, cropped, treated with a bit of curves, burned, and dodged, given more omphh with a layer in overlay mode that of course has to be modified with a layer mask.  Finally the image will be scaled down, sharpened and exported as a JPEG while the original XCF file is conserved. Quite a tour – so I needed nearly an hour.

(I’ll update the links here later.)


00:00:00 Intro
00:00:56 Comments about the GAP problems
00:01:43 This episode is for beginners
00:02:58 Currywurst and Friedrichshain
00:04:18 The user interface – a short tour
00:04:35 The window header and saving into XCF
00:05:30 Exporting an image as JPG or PNG
00:06:50 Fullscreen and single window mode
00:07:20 Menues, Toolbox, Docks, Tabs
00:09:23 The image area with the canvas, rulers, sliders and buttons
00:10:20 Moving around in the image and zooming
00:12:00 Single window mode vs. multi window mode
00:13:01 TAB to switch the Toolbox and Docks on and off
00:13:32 The image – back story
00:15:30 What has to be done – making a plan
00:16:40 Rotate the image to straighten it
00:19:17 Cropping to a 3:2 aspect ratio
00:19:57 Inside Out Cropping
00:22:50 Make a backup layer
00:23:20 Curves Tool for contrast changes
00:27:30 Burning and Dodging with a layer in Soft Light Mode for local brightness changes
00:30:50 An extra layer for notes
00:33:30 Burning and Dodging
00:38:00 The Smudge Tool
00:41:27 Increasing contrast with a layer copy in Soft Light Mode
00:43:30 Adding a layer mask to apply the effect selectively
00:45:50 Softening the layer mask with a Gaussian Blur
00:47:45 Saving the image
00:48:03 Reducing the size for the Web
00:49:30 Sharpening
00:51:38 Exporting to JPEG
00:53:45 End of video

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Links: 188-189

Just to fill the week between the episodes – some links for you.

  • Find images under Creative Commons licenses with matching colours at TinEye.
  • Creative Commons? Yes, they need some money. 😉
  • German photographer/digital artist/photoshop trainer Calvin Hollywood has a rather unique style to his photography. It’s a sort of edgy, gritty, hyper-realistic result, almost a blend between illustration and photography. Find out how to do something similar im GIMP at Pat David’s blog.
  • Learn all about the power of Curves at Cambridge in Colour. It’s about “The Other Program” but true for GIMP too.
  • Scripts and scripting for GIMP is covered by Some contributors sound vaguely familiar. 😉
  • GIMP team revitalizes astrophotography tools. Alexandre Prokoudine at Libre Graphics World reports and adds a bit of documentation. See also Episode 156 about this topic.
  • All the Math behind panoramas and more from the MAA.

Episode 188: The Book

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This episode is about using GAP, the GIMP Animation Package, and “The Book of GIMP”. I walk through one of the tutorials of the book and create a multi layered animation that will be used in a cleaned up form for these videos. I can not praise the book enough, you can read more in a former blog post. GAP showed some flaws, but this may be the problem of the Debian package that I used.

“The Book of GIMP” has also a reference part. I compare that to the official GIMP documentation while looking for information about the Convolution Matrix.

Before all that I tell you about a GIMP plugin for exporting a layer as a PDF file and I defend my new camera – 36 Megapixels may not be too much, they only show the limits of the lenses…..   Cameras with smaller sensor sizes of course hit a barrier with more and more MP.

The next episode will have animated lower thirds and a proper automatically generated title screen. 😉


00:00:00 Intro
00:00:14 GIMP Magazine #3
00:01:20 Plugin for PDF export of layers
00:01:48 Are 36 Megapixel too much? (Nikon D800)
00:04:08 Where are 6 Megapixels enough? Sensor sizes
00:05:40 The Book of GIMP review
00:07:12 Testing the animation chapter
00:08:27 GAP – Moving Along a Path
00:10:12 New image from template and transparent background
00:11:50 Planning the animation
00:12:16 Building a dummy
00:13:40 Selecting the border of a selection
00:15:55 Make a new image out of a layer
00:17:10 GAP: Duplicate a layer 20 times
00:18:00 GAP: Move Path Tool
00:28:50 GAP: VCR Playback
00:29:30 GAP: Exporting an animation
00:31:40 The Manual part of “The Book of GIMP”
00:32:00 “The Convolution Matrix” compared with
00:35:30 Help to improve the documentation!
00:36:00 The printed book and the final verdict

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Episode 187: Cleaning Up

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The last episode got a lot of comments – thank you all for them! And in this episode I try to follow all of the tips you gave me. I remember layer groups and drop shadows, see that Alpha to selection is really better and fight with Copy&Paste in the text tool.

I got a present too – a fine script in Scheme for generating the title screen. Of course that has to be explored. Did you know that you can export the content of a selection as a new image by key stroke? I found out about SHIFT-CTRL-V. Saul’s script gets also a first analytical look – Scheme looses its terror if you come close.

Matthias pointed to an other Colour Design site and the GIMP Magazine will publish a new issue next week.

And finally I take a good look at the “Blender Master Class”, a very fine book about the 3D software Blender.


00:00:00 Intro
00:00:40 Using chapter marks in the video
00:01:30 Layer groups
00:05:23 Alpha to Selection – better than selecting by color
00:09:00 Drop shadow filter
00:10:10 Copy and Paste with the text tool is a bit broken
00:13:37 A script in Scheme
00:14:12 Exporting selections from GIMP as graphic image files / Create from clipboard
00:15:20 Exporting vs. saving – don’t discuss, just follow your orders! 😉
00:16:30 Installing a Scheme (.scm) script
00:17:30 Testing the script
00:18:45 Comparing the results
00:19:30 Analyzing the script
00:25:40 Thanks to Saul Goode
00:26:16 Another Color Design website
00:26:45 GIMP Magazine launch ahead
00:27:30 Book review: Blender Master Class, Ben Simonds
00:35:45 End of video

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Good Book about Blender coming up – get 40% off until Feb 28!

The book is a great introduction into the creation of static Blender scenes. Motion with armatures and animation is not covered. But you can get that online in a lot of places.

This book is unique in its inclusion of the creative process. It follows three projects (a Mayan temple, a bat winged humanoid and the robotic spider from the title) from first pencil sketch to the final rendering. Each chapter covers one stage of the process and does that for each of the three projects. It even contains a good introduction into GIMP for creating textures. It shows that the author Ben Simonds is not a developer but a professional 3D artist.

I have (speed) read through my review copy of the PDF and am waiting for my paper copy to start to play a bit with Blender again.

With a code you can get 40% off until Feb 28. That would be around $30 for the print copy and the e-Books. Not bad.

A review of this book will be in Episode 187 on Feb 26. If you view that episode before the 28th you can decide after looking over my shoulder into the PDF.

(So much NoStarch titles here? Well, Jessica from their marketing has my mail address and offers to throw books at me quite often. And if they fit into the wide scope of Meet the GIMP, I’ll accept. Except for the free book I get nothing for the review – and I have no obligations to like them or tell only good stuff. If other publishers want to throw books in my direction to break the NoStarch dominace, just drop a mail at 😉 )

Episode 186: A new Face!

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Long time no show – but this project is not dead. For the fresh start a new design for the intro is needed. And a new design needs new colours.

I used the Colorschemedesigner to create a palette of colours fitting the “Original MTG Orange” from the logo. Clever algorithms use old artists knowledge about colour combinations. This site even exports a GIMP palette file which is then imported into GIMP.

For the lettering I wanted some fresh fonts and found them at the League of Movable Type.


The video now has chapters – you can jump to the TOC entries!

00:01:00 Finding a palette with Color Scheme Designer
00:04:58 Exporting the palette to GIMP
00:05:43 Find the directory for the palette
00:06:30 Using palettes in GIMP
00:08:20 Creating a new image template
00:09:45 Create a new image
00:10:28 Inserting the logo from a file
00:11:11 Setting guides to half and a third of the image
00:11:44 Move the logo with help of the guides
00:13:20 Free fonts from the League of Movable Type
00:14:10 Editing text in GIMP with the on canvas editor
00:16:24 A drop shadow for text
00:17:36 A drop shadow for the logo
00:18:55 Saving the image
00:19:28 Adding the CC-Logo – loading images from the web
00:20:35 Using layers for different versions of one text
00:27:16 Rapport – stacking layers exactly on top of each other
00:28:29 Moving a stack of “chained” layers
00:29:08 Can you help me with the design?
00:29:44 Outlook into the next episodes

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Don’t Read Patrick David’s Blog!

patdavidPatrick runs a Blog about uninteresting things like photography, Open Source programs for photographers and graphics enthusiasts and other boring stuff. A recent five part series about the conversion of digital images into Black & White is especially to be avoided. I want to steal some of that stuff and you are not supposed to notice.

So, please don’t click on these links above and wait patiently for the next episode of Meet the GIMP. Intended release is on Feb 12 2013, it’s recorded and about half way through the editing process.

(The image is based on two images by Patrick David, License CC-BY-SA)