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GIMP Basics

How to Download & Install GIMP for Windows

How to Download & Install GIMP for Windows

In this article, I'll show you how to download and install the latest version of GIMP, the free photo editor and Photoshop alternative, on a Windows computer. GIMP is safe to download, with a Security Confidence Index score of 97.3%, thanks in part to security checks...

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How to Create Frames from Selections in GIMP

How to Create Frames from Selections in GIMP

Welcome to Davies Media Design, and in this article I'll be showing you how to create frames for your images or graphics using selections in GIMP! With this technique, you can basically create a frame of any shape using selection areas. This is a beginner friendly...

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How to Copy and Paste Selections in GIMP

How to Copy and Paste Selections in GIMP

In this GIMP basics help article I'll be showing you how to copy and paste selections in GIMP. This task is quick and easy, so let's dive right in! Step 1: Draw Your Selection Area I won't go into detail on how to draw or create selections in GIMP as there are a...

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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 Dot Patterns in GIMP (Help Article)

How to Create Dot Patterns in GIMP (Help Article)

In this GIMP Help Article, I'll be showing you how to easily create your own custom dot patterns! You can create patterns of any size for any composition, and this technique covers making your patterns seamless so that they evenly cover any document. Finally, I show...

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GIMP Photo Editing

How to Use the Curves Tool in GIMP

How to Use the Curves Tool in GIMP

The curves tool is a sophisticated way to adjust the brightness and contrast of your image, as well as color correct your image. It is similar to the levels tool in the type of adjustments it makes to your image, as well as the fact that both tools use a histogram to...

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Top 5 Stock Portrait Photographers on Pexels

Top 5 Stock Portrait Photographers on Pexels

Stock photography is a quintessential resource for any designer or photo editor looking to practice their skills, manipulate photos, or create designs for their personal or professional projects. Often times, however, we can spend hours on end looking for the right...

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30 FREE Rain Overlays for GIMP in HD

30 FREE Rain Overlays for GIMP in HD

Want to add rain to your photo editing or photo manipulation projects in GIMP? Now you can! I’ve created a totally free Rain Overlay pack that includes 30 unique rain images overlayed on a black background in full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 px). These JPEG photos can...

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How to Install the G’MIC-QT Plugin for GIMP on a MAC

How to Install the G’MIC-QT Plugin for GIMP on a MAC

G'MIC is a fast-growing free plug-in that adds a ton of image processing functionality and general image editing and manipulation effects to GIMP. As a result of the software's growing popularity, GIMP users have been heading over to the creator's website in droves to...

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What is Lens Distortion and How to Correct It in GIMP

What is Lens Distortion and How to Correct It in GIMP

What Causes Lens Distortion Lens distortion is a common phenomenon in photography that typically occurs when using wide-angle lenses to capture photos. A wide-angle lens, to put it simply, is a lens with a shorter focal length that allows you to capture a wider area...

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GIMP Layer Masks: Everything You Need to Know

GIMP Layer Masks: Everything You Need to Know

In my last GIMP Help article, I covered the topic of layer transparency in GIMP – explaining that parts of a layer can be erased to reveal either a color (when no alpha channel is applied to a layer) or a transparent background. The article covered the concept by...

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GIMP Graphic Design

10 Logo Color Combinations for Your Design Projects

10 Logo Color Combinations for Your Design Projects

 Looking for great color combinations to use in your graphic design or logo projects? You're in luck! I've put together 10 awesome color schemes below - which each include the name of the color and the HEX code for the color (which you can copy and paste into your...

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Split Images for Instagram Grid Using GIMP (Help Article)

Split Images for Instagram Grid Using GIMP (Help Article)

In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to split or slice your images for Instagram in order to create an Instagram grid. With GIMP, this task is super easy and doesn’t require any third-party plugins. All the features for this tutorial come with the GIMP program by...

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10 Best Free Fonts for GIMP (from Google Fonts)

10 Best Free Fonts for GIMP (from Google Fonts)

Finding free, reliable fonts to download and install for GIMP can be a real pain - especially when you're not sure if a font is safe or will be compatible with GIMP. In this tutorial, I've compiled a list of what I believe are the 10 best free fonts for GIMP. I have...

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Wrap Text Around a Circle in GIMP 2.10

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

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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GIMP Photo Manipulation

How to Install the G’MIC-QT Plugin for GIMP on a MAC

How to Install the G’MIC-QT Plugin for GIMP on a MAC

G'MIC is a fast-growing free plug-in that adds a ton of image processing functionality and general image editing and manipulation effects to GIMP. As a result of the software's growing popularity, GIMP users have been heading over to the creator's website in droves to...

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22 FREE Fog Overlays for GIMP in HD

22 FREE Fog Overlays for GIMP in HD

Want to add fog or mist to your photo editing or photo manipulation projects in GIMP? Now you can! I've created a totally free Fog Overlay pack that includes 22 unique fog images overlaid on a black background in full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 px). These JPEG photos...

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What is Lens Distortion and How to Correct It in GIMP

What is Lens Distortion and How to Correct It in GIMP

What Causes Lens Distortion Lens distortion is a common phenomenon in photography that typically occurs when using wide-angle lenses to capture photos. A wide-angle lens, to put it simply, is a lens with a shorter focal length that allows you to capture a wider area...

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GIMP Layer Masks: Everything You Need to Know

GIMP Layer Masks: Everything You Need to Know

In my last GIMP Help article, I covered the topic of layer transparency in GIMP – explaining that parts of a layer can be erased to reveal either a color (when no alpha channel is applied to a layer) or a transparent background. The article covered the concept by...

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How to Create a Clipping Mask in GIMP

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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GIMP News

20 Best GIMP Tutorials of 2020

20 Best GIMP Tutorials of 2020

2020 was an insanely crazy year to say the least. However, despite the chaos, Davies Media Design has still managed to put out quite a few GIMP tutorials on the subjects of photo editing, photo manipulation, graphic design, and Photoshop vs. GIMP - among other things....

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GIMP vs. Photoshop: a Complete Comparison (Article Version)

GIMP vs. Photoshop: a Complete Comparison (Article Version)

In this article I'll be providing an in-depth comparison between GIMP, which is a free photo editing software, and Photoshop. If you prefer, you can watch the video version of this topic below, or skip over it and continue to the article, which is available in over 30...

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Viewer’s Choice Best GIMP Tutorials of 2020

Viewer’s Choice Best GIMP Tutorials of 2020

2020 is in the books! And although it was a mostly terrible year, I still thoroughly enjoyed creating many GIMP (and Inkscape) tutorials to highlight some of this free software's amazing features and helping you all learn how to better use the program. As per usual, I...

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GIMP 2021 Preview and GIMP 2020 Recap

GIMP 2021 Preview and GIMP 2020 Recap

2020 – the year we won’t forget. The year we… can’t forget. No matter how hard we try. It’s the year that’ll linger long into 2021 – like that Adobe Creative Cloud subscription payment that keeps showing up in your bank statement. 2020 spared no one – myself included....

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GIMP Tools

How to Resize a Layer in GIMP

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

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)

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

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. You can also view...

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GIMP 2.10 New Tool Spotlight: Hue-Chroma Tool

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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