Living off the LAN
Okay, once again I lured you here with a weird title, but in this case it really applies.
I know everyone out there has heard of Photoshop, some have, some want it but it is too expensive, and some poeple just don’t care about photo editing. If your one of the latter, this article may just change your mind. I have recently made a huge effort to go with all open source applications. This basically means all my software (sans OS) is free. There are a lot of applications out there that are built and maintained by all the wonderful geeks in the world free of charge.
Today I want to talk about Gimp (not chimp but gimp). Gimp is a photo editing tool that with a little extra work, rivals Photoshop. Because the application is open source, there are always new tools and scripts being written for it that automatically do all the artistic things that you would want to do. All you have to do is search for what you want in the Gimp Plug-In Directory, and when you find what you want, install the script. It really is pretty simple, however, I suggest you be at lease a little familiar with some other editor prior to trying it. Because it is open source, there can be bugs, or some conflicts ith other applications.
Here are some examples of simple things you cn do with Gimp that can have a wonderful impact on your photos.
This is a script that by default does not come with Gimp, but can be downloaded using the link above. It is a simple script that lets you auto convert any picture into a sketch like drawing. You can control the intensity/blurriness to make your photo look more like a realistic sketch.
Wave Tank is also a script found in the plug-in directory. This script generates an animation by taking the active layer and applying a tileable, looping pattern like you might see on the bottom of a swimming pool. You can control the size of the pattern, number of frames, and blend mode of the pattern. The resulting animation is created in a new image.
These are just a few of the many easy tools and scripts that you can use with Gimp. I suggest going to Gimp’s website and checking out a few of the tutorials to see if this is something you would like to try out. Check back for more tutorials, and great open source software.
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