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GIMP Basics

How to Download and Install GIMP 2.10 for MAC

On a MAC and looking to use GIMP? Great news! GIMP is not just for Windows and Linux users. In fact, as of recently, GIMP actually has better development support for its MAC version than it does Windows. So, MAC install packages often get favorable treatment over...

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GIMP Layers: Layer Transparency

As has already been discussed briefly in this series, layers can contain transparency to a varying degree, or they can be totally opaque. This is an important concept because transparent layers allow designs to be more intricate and contain more depth, and also allow...

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GIMP Layers: Create New Layers From Images (3 Methods)

In the first and second GIMP layers tutorials that I created for this series, I have been working with layers that are filled in or have been painted on with a single color. Working with GIMP can obviously be a lot more complex than this as you can use multiple colors...

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GIMP Layers: Layer Stacking Order

In my last GIMP Help article covering the layers concept, I provided an introduction to the GIMP layers panel by showing you how to create a new layer. In this article, I’ll be diving a little deeper into the layers panel by showing you how to work with multiple...

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How to Save as JPEG in GIMP

In this GIMP Help article for beginners, I'll be showing you how easy it is to save your compositions or images in GIMP as a JPEG. The Problem Let's say, hypothetically, that you've just finished making edits to a photo you took with your camera, or you just finished...

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GIMP Eraser Not Working? Here’s How to Fix It

Is your GIMP eraser not working? This can be a simple fix depending on the problem you are experiencing. What the Eraser Tool Does For starters, the eraser tool allows you to erase pixels in your image or composition to a background color or to transparency. Whether...

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GIMP Photo Editing

How to Save as JPEG in GIMP

In this GIMP Help article for beginners, I'll be showing you how easy it is to save your compositions or images in GIMP as a JPEG. The Problem Let's say, hypothetically, that you've just finished making edits to a photo you took with your camera, or you just finished...

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How to Resize an Image in GIMP 2.10

Want to know how to resize an image in GIMP? Good news - you're in the right place! In this GIMP tutorial, I'll show you how to scale, or resize, your images easily and properly using this awesome free photo editor! 1.Open the Image You Want to Use in GIMP Regardless...

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GIMP 2.10 Feature Spotlight: Vignette Filter

In GIMP 2.10 and newer, you can now use a built-in Vignette filter to easily and effectively create vignettes. Vignettes are a great way to frame your photos using black, white, or any color of your choice. They can be used as a basic frame to help the edges of your...

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GIMP Basics: Save and Export Images Out of GIMP

As you work in GIMP, you’ll be saving your image to ensure that in the event your program or computer accidentally shuts down your progress is saved. Saving your file while you work is generally a good habit to get into. With GIMP, this is a simple process. There are...

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How to Create a Clipping Mask in GIMP

Clipping masks are a lot simpler than you might think by definition - they are essentially when you apply a layer mask to a group of layers. That's it. This feature was not available in earlier versions of GIMP (before 2.10), and so a lot of users are unaware of how...

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How to Add a Border to Images in GIMP (2019)

A lot of photographers and artists like to add borders to their images when printing their works, and this can certainly add a nice to frame around a photo when done properly. With GIMP, adding borders to your images is a very simple process, and can be done in any...

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GIMP Graphic Design

Wrap Text Around a Circle in GIMP 2.10

Want to wrap your text around a circle? Good news - It's really easy to do in GIMP 2.10! In this How-To Article, I'll show you how to wrap any text around a circle shape. Step 1: Create a New Composition You'll first need to create a new composition within GIMP so you...

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How to Install Custom Palettes in GIMP

GIMP allows you to create your own custom palettes from a variety of sources - whether that's purely through experimenting with the eye-dropper tool and the "Change Foreground/Background Color" dialogue (i.e. the color wheel), or by using the colors in an image...

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How to Design Wedding Invitations in GIMP 2.10

The cost of having a wedding can get out of hand nowadays (especially here in the US) with the need to pay for a venue, videographer, photographer, caterer, florist, DJ, etc. Hiring a graphic designer to design your wedding invitations, or paying for an online design...

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How to Make a Movie Poster in GIMP (Text Version)

This summer… one designer… will make an unforgettable movie poster… without… needing… Photoshop! That’s right, in this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make an awesome movie poster using the free graphic design/photo editing/drawing program GIMP, using the...

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How to Create a Professional Flyer in GIMP (Text Version)

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a professional flyer using the free (open source) graphic design and photo manipulation program GIMP, version 2.9.8. If you have an older version of GIMP (i.e. GIMP 2.8), you can still follow along as many of the features...

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GIMP Photo Manipulation

How to Create a Clipping Mask in GIMP

Clipping masks are a lot simpler than you might think by definition - they are essentially when you apply a layer mask to a group of layers. That's it. This feature was not available in earlier versions of GIMP (before 2.10), and so a lot of users are unaware of how...

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25 GIMP Photo Manipulation Tutorials From 2018

GIMP is surprisingly good at creating photo manipulation compositions. I think this fact shocks people on a daily basis when they come across our GIMP tutorials on YouTube and see the sorts of things that are dreamt up within the program. Add to that that GIMP is...

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How to Paint Graphics on a Face in GIMP (Text Version)

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to paint graphics on a face using GIMP - a free photo editing and manipulation software very similar to Photoshop. This is a pretty simple technique - which makes this tutorial great for beginners - but the final product is very...

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How to Remove Anything from a Photo in GIMP

So you’ve taken a stellar photo, only you accidentally captured an annoying object in the background that throws off the entire composition and effectively ruins your image. What do you do? You can’t “Photoshop” it out be cause you don’t own Photoshop. However, there...

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GIMP News

Top 10 GIMP Tutorials for Businesses

GIMP can be a great, free tool for small business owners or any businesses looking to edit their photos and create professional graphic designs. In this list, I go over the top 10 GIMP tutorials for business on YouTube! From designing business cards and flyers, to...

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GIMP is the Ultimate Free Photoshop Alternative

Recently, Adobe has become more and more brazen with how it handles its Photoshop and Adobe Creative Cloud services by doubling its subscription price for new users and even threatening lawsuits or "potential claims of infringement by third parties" against anyone who...

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Top 10 GIMP Tutorials of 2019 (So Far)

2019 has already been a great year for learning GIMP with tons of new content being released every week. With over half of the year already gone (how time flies!), I figured now would be a great time to update the Top 10 GIMP Tutorials of 2019 so far to showcase what...

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Top 20 GIMP Graphic Design Tutorials on YouTube

GIMP is certainly first and foremost a photo editor. However, it also can do some really great graphic design things that can look surprisingly professional - even compared to top graphic design programs like Adobe Illustrator (although GIMP is a raster-based program,...

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Viewer’s Choice Best GIMP Tutorials of 2018

Throughout 2018, I asked my viewers and subscribers to vote on their favorite GIMP tutorials each month via a poll on the Community page of my channel. I have decided to compile the winning GIMP tutorial from each month (12 in total - though I selected January's...

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Top 10 GIMP Tutorials on YouTube of 2018

2018 is officially in the rear-view mirror, and we spent the year putting out a TON of new GIMP tutorials to help you learn this great piece of free photo editing and graphic design software. To celebrate the start of 2019, and to reward our amazing viewers and...

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GIMP Tools

How to Resize a Layer in GIMP

Want to learn how to resize a layer in GIMP? You're finally in the right place. In this article, I show you how to resize individual layers in GIMP using the scale tool. Before I get started, I'd like to make the distinction between resizing a layer in GIMP and...

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GIMP 2.10 Feature Spotlight: Vignette Filter

In GIMP 2.10 and newer, you can now use a built-in Vignette filter to easily and effectively create vignettes. Vignettes are a great way to frame your photos using black, white, or any color of your choice. They can be used as a basic frame to help the edges of your...

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GIMP 2.10 Shadows-Highlights Feature (Text Version)

The Shadows-Highlights tool is another useful photo editing feature making its debut in GIMP 2.10. With this tool, you can recover details in the shadows of your image while toning down overblown pixels in the highlights. Originally found in other Open Source photo...

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Is Your GIMP Toolbox Missing? Here’s How to Get It Back

It is a common problem for GIMP users to open up their GIMP and realize they have no toolbox on the left side of their GIMP program window. Fret not - this issue is simple to fix, and I will show you how to fix the issue in this short how-to article. But first, it...

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GIMP 2.10 New Tool Spotlight: Hue-Chroma Tool

In technical terms, an image's “Hue” is the wavelength of the color in the image, whereas the “Saturation” of an image is the intensity of that color. If you’ll remember in the “Hue and Saturation” lecture from earlier in this course, adjusting the “Hue” slider when...

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