Gimp 2.8

Who needs Photoshop if you can have Gimp for free. Let’s face it. Not all of us are graphic designers. Photoshop is this all and powerful graphic editing software. But, it’s also comes at a cost. It’s very expensive.

A typical user might need a quick and dirty graphic editor to fix a photo or maybe touch up a graphic. Maybe add some text, watermark, some drop shadows or change orientation of a photo. Gimp might be for you.

Why purchase Photoshop CS6 for $650 if you can get Gimp for nothing. Gratis. Well, at least give it a try. I’ve been using it for years. It’s great. I don’t need Photoshop.

In addition, Gimp 2.8 is available in all flavors of Linux, Windows, and Mac OS. Anyways, give it a try. Download.

Install Latest Gimp On Ubuntu

Chances are, you already have Gimp installed on your Ubuntu Desktop. That’s great. Gimp is an awesome program. The real question is, do you have the current Gimp release? Currently it’s Gimp 2.8. I just did a quick check. I happen to have Gimp version 2.6. I’m two versions behind on Gimp. To get the latest Gimp release, just follow the following instructions.

Update To The Latest Gimp

We will use the PPA route to get the latest Gimp version 2.8. This will only work with Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot and the latest Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin. Older Ubuntu versions are not supported in this repository. Enter the following commands in the Terminal to add the Gimp PPA repository to our sources list. We can then update and install the latest Gimp version.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp

In the future, all you have to do is run update to get the latest Gimp release. There will be no need to re-install Gimp if you already have it.

sudo apt-get update

A Background Image That Scales

I recently fixed an issue with my theme design. The dark wood background image that you see on this blog, was not big enough to fit most large monitors, where resolutions are higher than 1080px. Hat tip goes to Daniel Ritchie for pointing it out to me. So, I searched the web and found several possible solutions.

I found Chris Coyier’s at CSS-Tricks solution the┬ámost attractive, because it was by far the easiest one to implement. It not only adheres to CSS 3 standards, but it also works across most modern browsers. The result is a background image that fills up the entire page, scales to any size screen when needed, retains its aspect ratio, and centers the image properly.

What more can you ask for? Well, maybe something that loads a tiny bit faster than usual. So, I took the liberty to reduce the file size of my background image from 744kb to 128kb using my beloved Gimp. I use a little bit of image compression, without suffering too much in image quality. So, not only is the background image displaying properly on any size monitor, it also loads much, much faster. That’s a win-win situation.

If you like to know how I implemented a background image that scales to any screen resolution, just head on over to CSS-Tricks and check out Chris Coyier’s CSS3 solution. I hope you’ll find this article very helpful. I tested the new background with a HP w2207h monitor that rotates to landscape mode. Works great. If you find this to be otherwise, any input is appreciated.

Gimp 2.71 Comes With A New GUI

It looks like the latest Gimp will get a new GUI. The new single window mode will be a welcome addition. In the past, opening a graphic file in Gimp involves two or three separate windows. Now, the Tools and Layer menus are all going to be one window. Here is an excerpt from an article from the H.

With the release of developer version 2.7.1, GIMP users and early adopters have been given the opportunity to preview the new features of the free image editing software’s forthcoming stable 2.8 release. The most important improvement is the graphical user interface (GUI), which has undergone a thorough overhaul. For instance, it now includes a single-window mode which doesn’t display elements such as the tools or layers menus in separate windows next to the image window, instead lining these elements up alongside the image in the same window.

Ten Blockbusters Made With the Help of Linux

What would movies be without the aid of Linux? Debatable. Here are at least ten blockbuster movies that were produced with the help of Linux systems. The list starts out with the latest, Avatar, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Shrek the Third, X-Men the Last Stand, King Kong, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars Episode 2, Gladiator, Matrix and Titanic.

I woke up this morning to see an article entitled, “Open Office is a piece of crap, Or is it?” Just the fact that it’s not Microsoft Office doesn’t mean it’s junk. Many governments, schools, universities, non-profit organizations use Open Office Suite of as an alternative. There were other worthy word processors before Word became the defacto.

If you are a Gimp fan, check out these brushes you can add to Gimp.

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Finally, all you need to know about ICMP in “ICMP Explained.”