Call for Content – GIMP Magazine is here!

(Steve asked me to publish this – sounds like a very good idea!)
A quarterly magazine for GIMP users to include: next gen software features (and road ahead type articles), tips and tricks, tutorials, and most importantly a magazine to show off your stunning art, photography and graphic design works created in GIMP or related open source software.  All of this wrapped in some really cool and professional looking graphic design and layout.  Everyone will be able to download this magazine completely free as it should be!  Follow us on twitter for details

The theme for the first issue is “Next Gen GIMP”

We need your help to contribute to this magazine:

  • summary of new features in GIMP 2.8 and how they work
  • your best photography post processed in GIMP / UFRAW etc…
  • your most awesome graphic art created in GIMP
  • your gimp tutorials
  • your tips & tricks
  • your list of favourite gimp resources (website URLs)
  • your new coolest scripts and plugin descriptions
  • even your other open source software reviews
  • your favorite hardware reviews
  • and your most requested future GIMP upgrades / feature requests

Step 1

Send in your articles to

Subject: “GIMP Magazine – Issue # 1  [your article name]”

Last Date of submissions:  June 1, 2012 (about 5-6 weeks from now)


Step 2

Articles Guidelines:
  • Provide the article in ODT, TXT, DOC, RTF or HTML.(EDITED Apr 26)
  • Provide small images separately and within the document so we know where they should be placed.
  • properly cut the images
  • screen captures minimum 800px wide
  • ZIP everything, please no 7Zip or RAR (just zip)
Cover Image or Feature Image Guidelines:
  • Provide URL links to flickr or other high resolution image storage sites (cover, or feature art submissions)
  • OR attach the image itself, properly cropped the way you want it to appear


Step 3

You also must accept that the magazine will be licensed CC-AT-SA, and you accept the term that we take no responsibility for the material in any form and the submission will automatically mean that you have agreed to the our terms and conditions for the submission.

Step 4

Also include something about You in your email:

  • Name: This can be your full name or a nickname
  • Photograph: As PNG and maximum width of 256Px.
  • About yourself: Max 25 words .
  • Website: (optional)

Maybe your art or photograph will be featured on the cover of the first issue of GIMP Magazine!  Show Wilber some love and submit today!

Good Luck

GIMP Magazine Team (Jordan, Rod, Dave and Steve)


43 thoughts on “Call for Content – GIMP Magazine is here!

  1. Excellent idea ! I have started using Gimp since I turned to digital in 2007 after some 50 years of “classical” photography. Beyond pp of my digital images, I have scanned and treated some 13,000 landscape slides (some of my Kodachromes date back to the fifties) with Gimp. I have just downloaded 2.8 and started to get acquainted with its portable version.
    Best regards,
    Guy Poizat
    Cabestany – FRANCE

  2. Hi Guy,

    Thanks for you support. I think there is a story in your comment. Care to contribute to the first issue of our magazine? It would be great to learn more about your work.


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  4. Great concept and proposal. I am looking forward to seeing what is presented. I may even contribute if there is an area not covered in the first issue.

    • Thanks for your support. We really like the idea too. We are looking for GIMP the Road Ahead type stories if you can help us or if you can get us connected with core GIMP developers.

  5. This looks like an interesting challenge, and I hope to have enough free time to finish a article in that time frame (possably layer modes/groups). Is there a reason .odt files aren’t accepted?


    • I think they should be accepted – let’s forge a subversive pact and submit our stuff in ODT. 😉

      I started on a piece about the rotate tool today while I sat 3 hours in a hallway to enforce silence during a written final exam. Of course in Libre Office.

      • I have to say that I am really liking the UI cleanup in Writer in LibO 3.5. It makes it much easier for me to concentrate on the structure and see the final print size.

        I am actually just finishing an article for my camera club on free and open source software available for photographers(yes I recommend GIMP).


  6. Why are you asking for proprietary DOC and RTF formats? Somehow it looks bad along with Open Source software, and CC licence…

    Can’t you use ODT as a basic and DOC or RTF as backup for those who are glued to MS?

  7. Can’t wait for this, great idea, I shall be looking forward to a total n00bs guide to GIMP as I can’t use it what so ever! 😛

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  9. This is the reason most people have never heard of Linux. You may think that’s a good thing, but it means that Linux will never get proper apps. Gimp is hard to use, the things that come out of it look like crap, and no designer worth his weight in salt wants to use Linux because of these facts. I use Linux for development, but all my design work I do on a mac in Photoshop. As a web designer/developer Linux is awesome for coding and development, but Gimp is the hardest program I’ve tried to use in Linux so far. Not sure if anyone here has tried designing a website in Gimp, but it aint easy. Maybe I just lost hope and stopped trying but I’m sure most people agree with me. Gimp is great for editing photos, but that is about it. No layer styles, hard to edit and style text, gradients are terrible to use, etc. The photo plugins from the community are great, personally I like editing photos in gimp, but it just sucks for design work. So until GIMP becomes much easier to use I, and most other people, will be sticking with Photoshop for professional design work. And until linux starts looking better (It’s easy enough to use, but default distros look terrible and I’ve yet to find a decent looking gtk or kde theme) it will stay in the dark and never progress as an OS. Ubuntu has been doing great things, and they have the best looking distro out of the box (elementary is starting to give them some competition with Luna) but I’ve still found it impossible to make Linux look good. I guess it’s all based on taste, but if you compare user base, it really does go to show which OSes are well designed, easy to use, and look great.

    • Hi Mike,
      Re: Your Comment — I think we have our first “LETTER TO THE EDITOR” here. You have a great comment, and have raised many great points. I agree that this is exactly the image problem that GIMP has.

      However, I hope that we at GIMP Magazine can clarify and debunk the some of the myths…

      [“no designer worth his weight in salt wants to use Linux because of these facts. I use Linux for development, but all my design work I do on a mac in Photoshop.”]

      …you mentioned in your comment by showcasing amazing artists designers and photographers work from all around the world who are exclusive to GIMP and related open source graphics software on any platform.

      Pick up the first issue of GIMP Magazine to read my response to your comment.

      Thanks for your comment. It is greatly appreciated.


      Please Note – We at GIMP Magazine are platform agnostic. While we are not pro or negative linux mac or PC, we are all pro GIMP and related open source graphics software!

      • I am not trying to start a flame war here, and I’m glad that my comment was taken in stride and not as a “Go F yourself Mac user” kind of way like it would have been in forums. I have seen great work from people that use GIMP. As I said, GIMP is great for photography. It’s usually better than Photoshop in most aspects when it comes to editing photos. GIMP is also great for digital painting. But I find it very hard to use for web design. If you have tutorials in your magazine on how to accomplish some of the things I do in Photoshop that I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how to do in GIMP I would be the first one in line to pay for a subscription to GIMP Magazine.

        • Nobody accused you of lighting a flamethrower. 😉 I have no idea how valid your critique is – I don’t design for the web and I know not much about PS – but there is still a lot room for improvement.

          Much has been done in the way up to version 2.8 – look for example at the Free Selection Tool and much more is in the works – the Unified Transformation Tool for example.

          GIMP will never be a clone of PS, it follows its own design principles. So a user of PS switching to GIMP will have to relearn.

          I would be honoured to sponsor your subscription of the GIMP Magazine – but that can’t be done – it will be free as GIMP and thew videos here on this site. 🙂

        • Hi Mike,

          No flame war here. I agree with most of what you said. I use PS at work for layout / not so much art. I have huge respect for PS. I agree that the styles dialogue is awesome in PS, and is one of my most desired features in GIMP. Having said this I also have huge respect for GIMP, and i think it is often overlooked in the wake of PS. Open source or free software becomes associated with poor quality or freeware of days gone past, which is wrong. This “image” problem needs to change and I hope that GIMP Magazine can help with that.

    • I been heraing those statements for years now, but they usually come out of frustation more than anything, the realistic approach to open source is to bear in mind that is not your Windows/Apple type of software and that due to pantents is never going to behave the same. The most common mistake is to use GIMP expecting to be FreePhotoshop, and is not, I undertand the frustration but ultemately the real work comes out of the skills of the people not the software. Some people blame the brush for the result in the painting but we have seen awsome things done with a floor-mop ; )

      • I completely agree with your comment. I use GIMP for editing photos, by preference. I just find it extremely difficult to use for web and interface design. If I had the time to learn how to do everything I’ve learned all over again I would, but unfortunately I don’t have enough free time to do that. I have deadlines to meet, and clients expect a certain level of quality. I know I’m not the only one who’s restricted with time. I also know I’m not the only one who finds it frustrating to use, which is why most people don’t use it. People pay the $700 for Photoshop because of convenience. It’s laid out well, it makes sense how things are done, and is overall much easier to use. GIMP does things the opposite way. I have to search for half an hour to add two simple effects that would’ve taken me 30 seconds in Photoshop. I’ll use layer styles as an example because it really is the perfect example. I double click on the layer I want to add effects to and the effects palette pops up. I can add gradients, stroke, color, drop shadow, inner shadow, pattern overlay, etc. There is no one easy place to add all of these in GIMP. It’s things like these that would make GIMP so much easier to use and more widely adopted. Small little UI tweaks could make all the difference.

        • That is totally understandable, and conversion is never easy or even possible due to time restrains, but we can not criticize based on own experience, I think that FOS has a huge potential for anybody that start learning more than those who already feel comfortable with commercial software, it would be the same the other way around, for somebody that has just used GIMP trying something different would be also confusing if not difficult. When we see projects like those made by the Blender guys then is no good reason we can find in that FOS is not at a professional level. cheers!

  10. We would like to answer a few questions that have come up in the discussions…
    How long before first launch?
    -We have not committed to a release date for the first issue. It will be released when it is ready. Having said this, the submissions are due by June 1st, then editorial choices, editing, review, layout, more review, then publishing. Help us by submitting your content sooner than June 1st. Any overflow will be set aside of issue #2 and so on…

    Can Gimp fill 4 issues per year with a planned 12?
    -Our team is committed to 4 issues. We want to work out the bugs before we commit to anything more. After the 4 issues we plan to review everything and make decisions about the future. We would love to see this move to a monthly magazine! There are several options in front of us that are really cool! There is so much potential here.

    Why not share with Linux mag?
    -We would be happy to share with Linux mag, but we want to remind everyone that our focus is on GIMP and other open source graphics software available on any platform.

    Why a magazine?
    -The inspiration for this magazine is which is amazing. The magazine format can best display the amazing works of GIMP creatives from all over the world. And this visual experience is very important to us. We want to make sure that graphic artists, photographers and other creatives feel comfortable displaying their works inside GIMP Magazine.

    Why now?
    -GIMP has so much going for it: solid release of 2.6, 2.7 dev release, imminent 2.8 release, shorter future rev dates, proposed web redesign and so many cool things. This is a perfect time to do this.

    Is it for publicity?
    No, it is to better promote GIMP by showing people what it is capable of. By showing amazing creative works from people all over the world we hope that the image of GIMP will be improved, and recognized as a serious graphics package.

    Why Gimp magazine for a title?
    As this is a volunteer project, we have no money to spend on advertising. I felt that GIMP Magazine would be simple, perform well in internet searches, and is easy to share and remember.

    Thank you so much for your amazing support of this magazine. Tell your friends, and please contribute and show off your works to the world. We hope to create a really awesome magazine that you enjoy and find helpful. Follow us on and follow the discussions #GIMPMagazine.


  11. Hi,
    this magazine is definitely a great idea! 🙂
    May I suggest one thing for the future? Why don’t you first collect ideas (abstracts, drafts) for articles at an earlier deadline and choose among them? Once an idea is approved, the author can prepare his full article that can be reviewed by the editors. Otherwise people will spend time preparing articles that might not be used and the editors will spend a lot of time checking them.


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  14. Hi Alberto,

    Interesting idea. And this is already happening. We have a month to go and many people have already asked about ideas. All of them have been great.

    We may do this in the future. Thanks for the suggestion.


    P.S. if an article does not make it into the first issue, then it may make it into the second or even third etc…

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  16. I just wanted to know how you manage to do the layout. Please let know if one can help. I’m graphic design and Scribus+inkscape+Gimp trainer for now 7 years, and as director of French Libre graphics association, i’m sure we could build a team for that.

  17. UPDATE: We are making significant progress on issue #1 of GIMP Magazine. We are building this using software. The magazine layout overall design skeleton is complete. The cover, toc, letter from the editor, and a few other components are also complete. It will still be a number of weeks before issue #1 is complete, reviewed and posted; I suspect a late summer release. We are making progress, and Scribus will do the job (open source desktop publishing software).


    P.S. our twitter account is back up:

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