Free Brushes

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott on November 28, 2009

I just discovered QBrushes a great resource for Photoshop brushes. All the ones I’ve looked at have been Creative Commons licensed with an Attribution license, which is awesome.

If you didn’t know, all GIMP versions greater than v2.4 can load Photoshop brushes. To do it, you need to figure out where the GIMP stores your brushes and just copy the .ABR files to that location. You can find out where by clicking Edit > Preferences. Expand the Folders list and select Brushes. There should be a path with the writable option selected. That is where you should save your brushes.


I will probably create a new page for this blog with resources like this that I use frequently. Once it’s created, I’ll post about it.

Edit: Check out the Resources page.

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Text Effect Tutorials

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott on November 19, 2009

Web and Designers has a great list of their top 30 favorite text effect tutorials done in Photoshop. I think I’ll endeavor to cover a few of my favorites in this list as well as any you’d like to see. Leave a comment with your favorite, and I’ll get to work on a few of them.

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Polish Linux

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott on June 29, 2008 is an informational site aimed at helping Linux/BSD newcomers choose a distro that’s right for them. I found them while searching for comparisons of Debian to Ubuntu, and they helped me decide that I’m going to stick with Ubuntu. While I was there, I noticed they have a Gimp tricks section, where you can find a few nifty tips.

Go check them out, I’m sure they’ve got something to interest you.

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Smultron FTW!

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott on December 30, 2007

I do a lot of coding in C, Perl, HTML, CSS, and coming this semester, Java. I’ve used vim pretty much exclusively, but have recently started wanting to use my mouse when it’s feasible. So, I started looking around and being disappointed for one reason or the other with each of the offerings. First, I tried TextWrangler which almost did it except I didn’t like the way it handled Perl syntax highlighting, and I didn’t like the automatic indenting implementation. I tried a couple of the commercial selections such as TextMate and SubEthaEdit, but seriously, if I have to pay for them, I’ll just stick to vim. Then I found Smultron. It does a nice job of syntax highlighting and the automatic indent is implemented just the way I like. There is page after page of customization options. It’s also open source, which you all know I love. When I’m accessing my server remotely, vim will still work of course, but for homework and projects, I’m giving Smultron a try.

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Cow Breakin

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott on December 23, 2007

Sorry there haven’t been more posts lately. Here’s some fluff. Pictures of my daughter’s toys in fun positions. Have a look.

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Wilber loves Apple — GIMP Website for Mac Users

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott on November 19, 2007

If you’ve made “the switch” and you love The GIMP, check out Wilber Loves Apple, a newish website dedicated to all things GIMP on the Mac platform. From their website:

Hi there! We are bunch of Gimp Fans, who try to provide a proper version for the mac. We are not related to We just admire their work.

I’m downloading their 2.4.1 port now!

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Offtopic — Crackers! (or praise for DenyHosts)

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott on November 4, 2007

This post does not have anything to do with the GIMP. If you don’t care about Linux server administration, you should just skip this post.

I run a very small Ubuntu LAMP server that I use for small tasks such as Perl and C programming and a personal wiki. This morning, I was checking out /var/log/auth.log, and noticed multiple login failures for user ‘root’ from a strange IP; specifically A whois lookup revealed that the IP was from China. The activity is typical of brute force cracking, so I started to get a little worried. Thinking I’d have to bite the bullet and install a firewall, something I didn’t want to do due to the very small amount of resources this server has, I did an apt-cache search for ‘firewall’ and began the tedious process of reviewing the results.

Well, I didn’t have to look long. Not far down the list was an entry called ‘denyhosts’ with the description: an utility to help sys admins thwart ssh hackers. Well this is exactly what I’m trying to prevent, so I went to their website and read up. It sounded perfect, so I went ahead and installed it. Immediately after install, I got a system message saying I had email. The email informed me that IPĀ had been added to the deny list. Wow! That was fast, and easy. I literally didn’t have to do anything. That’s the kind of tool I like! It’s also FOSS, and in the Ubuntu repositories.

In short, if you host a LAMP server, even if it’s not Ubuntu, I highly recommend DenyHosts as a simple solution for preventing this type of attack.

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Great PS Tutorial Site

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott on October 22, 2007

I just discovered and will be taking a look through their archives for inspiration.

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PS Filters for GIMP

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott on October 18, 2007

Vitor has a great little article on how to use Photoshop filters in the GIMP. I didn’t even know this was possible. Thanks Vitor!


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We are so very close

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott on September 27, 2007

GIMP 2.4 RC3 is out, and the very helpful folks at have once again provided a .deb for us. Download it here. This release signals the end of the development process of v2.4, so we should be seeing an official announcement of the final release soon.

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