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GIMP Basics

How to Create a Transparent Gradient in GIMP

How to Create a Transparent Gradient in GIMP

In this help article I'll be showing you how to create a transparent gradient using GIMP. This is a very easy, beginner-friendly technique that allows you to have your image slowly "fade out" to transparency, or basically gradually erase the image. You can follow...

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Where to Download CMYK Color Profiles for GIMP

Where to Download CMYK Color Profiles for GIMP

GIMP support soft proofing CMYK colors while editing your images, meaning you can see what your images would look like printed on paper or another printing medium. Since GIMP edits in RGB color spaces only, this is an effective way to edit your images in GIMP with...

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GIMP’s Handle Transform Tool In-Depth

GIMP’s Handle Transform Tool In-Depth

The Handle Transform tool in GIMP is a unique tool that allows you to place between 1 and 4 handles on your image, then use those handles to transform your layer, image, path, or selection (depending on what transform mode you have set in the Tool Options). To use the...

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How to Create Vertical Text in GIMP | Help Article

How to Create Vertical Text in GIMP | Help Article

In this GIMP help article, I'll show you how to create vertical text using the text tool. This is super easy to do and is very beginner friendly. Let's dive in! You can watch the video tutorial below, or skip over it for the full text article version....

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Add Strokes to Shapes in GIMP

Add Strokes to Shapes in GIMP

In this help article I'll be showing you how to add a stroke to your shapes using a simple, beginner-friendly method. You can watch the video version of this tutorial below, or skip over it for the full help article version available in 30+ languages....

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How to Install Plugins in GIMP for Windows

How to Install Plugins in GIMP for Windows

In this help article, I’ll be showing you how to install plugins in GIMP. Keep in mind that usually only plugins designed specifically for GIMP are going to work in GIMP. In other words, you can’t simply drag and drop a Photoshop plugin into GIMP and have it work –...

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GIMP Photo Editing

How to Create a Transparent Gradient in GIMP

How to Create a Transparent Gradient in GIMP

In this help article I'll be showing you how to create a transparent gradient using GIMP. This is a very easy, beginner-friendly technique that allows you to have your image slowly "fade out" to transparency, or basically gradually erase the image. You can follow...

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How to Export Single Layers as Images from GIMP

How to Export Single Layers as Images from GIMP

Welcome back to Davies Media Design, and in this article I’ll be covering how to export single layers from your GIMP composition to any filetype. Here's an example of when you would use this: you've got a composition with a bunch of layers open, but you want to...

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21 Best GIMP Tutorials of 2021

21 Best GIMP Tutorials of 2021

2022 is upon us, and we officially made it through 2021. You know what that means! It's time for my definitive "Best Tutorials of 2021" list to showcase the most popular GIMP tutorials from the Davies Media Design YouTube channel through the previous year. This list...

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25 GIMP Photo Editing Tutorials for Photographers

25 GIMP Photo Editing Tutorials for Photographers

Photo editing is GIMP's bread and butter - it's what the program was made for after all! GIMP is described first and foremost as a free photo editor - helping you improve the color, sharpness, lighting, etc. of your photos with myriad tools and features that are all...

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GIMP Graphic Design

GIMP’s Handle Transform Tool In-Depth

GIMP’s Handle Transform Tool In-Depth

The Handle Transform tool in GIMP is a unique tool that allows you to place between 1 and 4 handles on your image, then use those handles to transform your layer, image, path, or selection (depending on what transform mode you have set in the Tool Options). To use the...

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Add Strokes to Shapes in GIMP

Add Strokes to Shapes in GIMP

In this help article I'll be showing you how to add a stroke to your shapes using a simple, beginner-friendly method. You can watch the video version of this tutorial below, or skip over it for the full help article version available in 30+ languages....

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How to Create 3D Text in GIMP

How to Create 3D Text in GIMP

In this help article I'll be showing you a quick and easy beginner-friendly method for creating awesome 3D text using GIMP. GIMP is a free photo editing and graphic design program most similar to Photoshop. You can watch the video version below, or skip over it for...

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21 Best GIMP Tutorials of 2021

21 Best GIMP Tutorials of 2021

2022 is upon us, and we officially made it through 2021. You know what that means! It's time for my definitive "Best Tutorials of 2021" list to showcase the most popular GIMP tutorials from the Davies Media Design YouTube channel through the previous year. This list...

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How to Add a Drop Shadow in GIMP

How to Add a Drop Shadow in GIMP

In this article I'll be showing you how to add a drop shadow effect in GIMP using a built-in filter. Drop shadows can be added to text, as well as any object or layer with multiple objects - so long as that layer has an alpha channel (more on that momentarily). I'll...

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21 GIMP Graphic Design Tutorials to Master for 2021

21 GIMP Graphic Design Tutorials to Master for 2021

GIMP may be a free photo editor, but it has amazing capabilities when it comes to graphic design. With its myriad shape and free-hand selection tools, paths tool, text tool, and live-preview filters (known as GEGL filters) that make certain graphic design techniques...

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GIMP Photo Manipulation

How to Create a Transparent Gradient in GIMP

How to Create a Transparent Gradient in GIMP

In this help article I'll be showing you how to create a transparent gradient using GIMP. This is a very easy, beginner-friendly technique that allows you to have your image slowly "fade out" to transparency, or basically gradually erase the image. You can follow...

read more
21 Best GIMP Tutorials of 2021

21 Best GIMP Tutorials of 2021

2022 is upon us, and we officially made it through 2021. You know what that means! It's time for my definitive "Best Tutorials of 2021" list to showcase the most popular GIMP tutorials from the Davies Media Design YouTube channel through the previous year. This list...

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20 GIMP Photo Manipulation Tutorials for 2020

20 GIMP Photo Manipulation Tutorials for 2020

GIMP is a free photo manipulation program most similar to Photoshop that allows you the freedom to create any photo composition you want. It has evolved over the years (especially in 2020) to become a powerful piece of software for creating digital art or for...

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Create Realistic Wall Graphics in GIMP with Color to Alpha

Create Realistic Wall Graphics in GIMP with Color to Alpha

In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you an easy way to create textured, realistic wall graphics using GIMP! The result not only contains realistic shading and texture, but also allows other elements such as vegetation to realistically cover up the graphic. This method...

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GIMP News

20 Best GIMP Tutorials of 2022 (So Far)

20 Best GIMP Tutorials of 2022 (So Far)

Fall is officially upon us, which means now is a great time to take a look at the BEST GIMP tutorials from the year thus far! In this list, I'll be showcasing the GIMP tutorials that viewers from the Davies Media Design YouTube channel loved the most from 2022....

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9 Best GIMP Plugins + Addons for 2022

9 Best GIMP Plugins + Addons for 2022

In this article, I’ll be showing you my 9 favorite GIMP Plugins and Addons for 2022. You can watch the video version below, or scroll past it for the full article. https://youtu.be/ejyF9UZbtyk One of the main benefits of the free photo editor GIMP is that it can have...

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2022 a “Make or Break” Year for GIMP

2022 a “Make or Break” Year for GIMP

Let's be real for a second - GIMP has been struggling as of late. In a rapidly changing world (especially when it comes to photography and photo editing software), the GNU Image Manipulation Program can't seem to find its footing. That's not to say that the program...

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What’s New in GIMP 2.10.30

What’s New in GIMP 2.10.30

GIMP's 4th stable release version of 2021 is yet another light update of this free photo editing software. The highlight of this new release version is that GIMP has updated 6 supported file formats. These updated formats include AVIF, HEIF, PSD, DDS, RGBE and PBM...

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GIMP vs Krita – Which is the better free Photo Editor?

GIMP vs Krita – Which is the better free Photo Editor?

GIMP and Krita are both at the top of their respective categories in the free software space, with GIMP being the best free photo editor by far and Krita arguably the best digital painting app. However, Krita has been introducing many intriguing photo editing features...

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GIMP Tools

GIMP’s Handle Transform Tool In-Depth

GIMP’s Handle Transform Tool In-Depth

The Handle Transform tool in GIMP is a unique tool that allows you to place between 1 and 4 handles on your image, then use those handles to transform your layer, image, path, or selection (depending on what transform mode you have set in the Tool Options). To use the...

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Add Strokes to Shapes in GIMP

Add Strokes to Shapes in GIMP

In this help article I'll be showing you how to add a stroke to your shapes using a simple, beginner-friendly method. You can watch the video version of this tutorial below, or skip over it for the full help article version available in 30+ languages....

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How to Draw a Rectangle in GIMP

How to Draw a Rectangle in GIMP

Looking to learn how to draw a rectangle in GIMP? It's super easy and beginner friendly! In this GIMP Help Article, I'll show you how to draw rectangles in GIMP using built-in tools. You can watch the video version of this tutorial below, or skip over it to read the...

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How to Create Custom Guides in GIMP

How to Create Custom Guides in GIMP

Creating guides inside GIMP is a bit of a limited task as of the time of this tutorial. However, there are some very simple and effective workarounds to achieve custom guides at any angle and any position to help you accurately place objects or paint at angles. And...

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How to Transform Paths in GIMP

How to Transform Paths in GIMP

In this tutorial, I'll be showing you how to transform paths using GIMP. This is a very easy task to accomplish and can help expand your skill-set for photo editing and graphic design when working in GIMP. It is useful whenever you need to change the shape, position,...

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How to Scale a Selection in GIMP

How to Scale a Selection in GIMP

In this tutorial, I'll be demonstrating the easy process for scaling a selection in GIMP. I'll be using GIMP 2.10.18 for this tutorial, which is the latest version of GIMP at the time of this article. You can also view the video version of this tutorial below, or skip...

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