Gimp Tutorials: Create Free Graphics with Gimp
A lot of people struggle with creating or even just editing graphics. In fact, my own mom asks me about graphics on a regular basis. 🙂 See what happens when you teach your mom to be a blogger? (Love you, mom!)
I'm not sure if you're aware, but there's a totally free (yet powerful) graphics program that a lot of people online use. It's called GIMP.
You can get it free here. I use it, too.
To Download, go to the link above, and then click where it says…
You'll get a box that pops up and asks you whether or not you want to save the file. You do.
Then the fun begins. 🙂
Well, if you like messing around with graphics, you might think it's fun. If not, then you might want to keep reading…
I'm kind of awesome at a lot of areas of online business, but, of course, there are a few areas where I totally stink.
Seriously, it's like watching me try to pick fly poop out of pepper while wearing boxing gloves. (Translation: Totally ineffective.)
It's one of the things that I gladly outsource.
HOWEVER… there's a problem with outsourcing your graphics.
You become a slave to every teeny-tiny change you want to make. Both in time (waiting for something simple to be done) and in money (paying someone else to do something that you really should be able to do yourself) — at least the smaller graphics problems like I'm going to touch on here.
For instance, little things like changing one word in a graphic or resizing something to totally different proportions or trying to add arrows or highlight screenshots in a way that looks like it was done by someone over the age of 3. 🙂
I learned the basics and I can now do enough to get myself into trouble — and even sometimes back out of it.
Why am I sharing this? For three reasons.
1. I'm very human. Very imperfect. Yet, very profitable. You can succeed without “knowing it all”. God knows I don't.
2. I realized that YOU might be struggling with this issue, too.
3. A lot of people who read my blog are service providers — or need money quickly. Adding more skills to your repertoire is always a good thing.
The good news is that there is GIMP which I mentioned is a totally free graphics program that rivals the expensive ones out there. And the even better news is that now you can learn how to use it (save $10 with coupon below).
A gal by the name of Angela Wills, who happens to be one of my coaching clients, mentioned that she was running periodic “How to Use Gimp” workshops. We brainstormed a new outline that would be the course that I wish that I'd had. She created it. It's good. So, I wanted to let you know in case you need some help in this department. 😉
Check it out here…
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That's it for today! Have a wonderful day.
I appreciate shares and I adore comments! Please share your thoughts.
Darlene 'Dee' BishopMarch 17, 2011 at 4:57 am
Thanks, Nicole! I’ll have to check out this class. I downloaded GIMP awhile back but haven’t taken the time to learn it. I’ve heard it’s a great program, so I know a class would help. Another good tip, as always. ;o)
Anne SalesMarch 17, 2011 at 11:03 am
Hi Nicole, I use paint.net, which is also free, to edit my photos. It’s much like a photoshop editor but not as sophisticated of course. I suppose GIMP is better. I’ll have to check it out.
Carol OwensMarch 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm
I’ve been using Gimp for quite a while now and really love how easy it is to use.
The MomMarch 18, 2011 at 9:54 am
I knew my ears were ringing for a reason! 😉
Yeah, finding pictures and graphics is hard enough, but then making them work right was driving me nuts. I didn’t understand the whole concept of the size, shape, etc. etc. etc. I must admit, I use Gimp only at its most basic level, but even that has been a lifesaver when it comes to getting a blog post finished.
Thanks Nicole for your patience with The Mom! Remember that day when you said, “Hey Mom… you should be blogging.” And I said “What’s blogging?” Oh boy. Poor you. 😀
SueMarch 18, 2011 at 11:20 am
Just wanted to let you know that I signed up for the Gimp class and it is really helpful. Angela explains how to use the different tools and how to use layers! Perfect and great timing.
Seth HymesMarch 23, 2011 at 9:24 pm
I’ve tried Gimp but found the interface to be very complicated. I’ll give it another look. Another great resource that I use is called “The Logo Creator”. It’s technically for creating Logos but it’s also a great graphics editor and has some wonderful fonts, shading, and 3d effects, and it is super easy to use.
LauraMarch 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm
Gimp has proved to be a great alternative to Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop. It does almost everything that I need for my website graphics and photo editing. The setup seems very much like most popular (expensive!!) graphic programs. The one feature I would love to have is the ability to record my actions so I can apply them at the click of a button without having to repeat all the steps for each individual graphic. (Other programs allow you save common editing steps that you need to repeat on several images). This feature is helpful when making images for Zazzle.com and sidebar blog images. Gimp does include several filters, though, and this is a great plus!