What I’m wondering is, should I include Inkscape as a tool for the tutorials on this blog? It’s another open-source application which does vector paths a lot better than the GIMP’s GFig plugin and I could make things like the Web 2.0 violators look a million times better. I’d still try to do everything here with the GIMP whenever possible, only using Inkscape when I felt it could accomplish the task in a way the GIMP could not.
I don’t know how to do one of the fancy polls, so just post a comment with your opinion please. Thank you.
Update: It seems like the overwhelming majority would appreciate some Inkscape content. Havoc makes a very good point though. I’m a very busy guy. I’m a husband and a father. I have a full time job, and I am also taking a couple of courses at the local University. My time is Precious. However, one of the benifits of my job is that when things are going well, I can pretty much research and do what I please. I’m not terribly familiar with Inkscape, but since people (including myself) feel that it is a valuable addition, I will make an effort to include it when appropriate. After all, one of the reasons I started this project is to learn new things. So far, there’s really only been one post where it would have made a difference in my opinion, so there may not be much call for it.
Thank you everyone. I really appreciate the input.
I’ve got a lot going on right now, but I wanted to let everyone know that there are more Photoshop adaptations in the works for you. I’ll probably put up new content this weekend. We’ll move away from this web 2.0 business and delve into the real meat and potatoes: photo retouching. Stay tuned, and we’ll hopefully be able to help some of you photog’s out there save a bit of cash and maybe learn a few things.
As it says in my info page, I’ll be using this space to adapt existing popular Photoshop tutorials into GIMP tutorials. I will attempt to obtain permission from original tutors when necessary, and will at least always attribute the original work, so if you’d like to see something done the Photoshop way, you can simply follow the attribution links to the original work.
At some point, I plan on actually being more proficient with GIMP and will be authoring original Gimparoo tutorials. If you ever see the “Gimparoo” tag attached to a post and no attribution links, this means I have succeeded.
For those of you wondering what the heck GIMP is; GIMP stands for “GNU Image Manipulation Program”. It is a program similar to but not exactly like Adobe’s popular Photoshop application. The most significant difference to the lay user is that GIMP is free. I say “lay user” because Photoshop does have significant advantages for the professional user, but to the average user, GIMP is more than sufficient. Especially for free. You can download GIMP and a large number of add-ons for Windows, Macintosh or Linux by visiting their website. If you are running some modern flavor of Linux, chances are good that you already have it installed. Being open source software, there are a number of ways you can personally contribute to the project. Please explore the GIMP homepage and it’s associated links for more information.
So, on with the show already! Up next I’ll start with everyone’s favorite new fad: Web 2.0. I’ll be walking you through a few of the more popular Web 2.0 Photoshop tutorials, GIMP style, and hopefully we’ll all learn something in the process.