Category Archives: Software

Open source software available for graphic design and web design.

Adjusting Brightness And Contrast With Gimp

My first youtube video and I was really nervous. This is just a quick tutorial using mainly the colors menu to adjust the brightness and contrast using Gimp in various ways.

sample image for video tutorial

Image taken along the Niagara river in Niawanda Park Tonawanda NY. Feel free to download and use for the above video tutorial. To download full size image just double click image, then when image opens, right click image and save to your hard drive. Click the back arrow to return to the tutorial.

If you found this image looking for a snowy park scene, feel free to use it, but a link back to the tutorial would be appreciated.

Free PHP App

So I’ve been teaching myself PHP and found this really cool app on Amazon that works as a great reference tool. The app covers all the basics, and a lot of the more advanced stuff too. It gets into syntax, variables, arrays, operators, conditionals, loops, functions, forms and so much more.

If your new to PHP you might want to download this. If your a seasoned pro this app makes a great reference to have on your phone.

PHP PRO great free reference app from Amazon!

Download here. http://amzn.to/1I49QKi

Photography Edit Using Gimp

I have a Nikon D5000, my LG Leon phone camera, and my Samsung Stratosphere II phone camera. Of all three of these devices, I love the camera on the Samsung Stratosphere II. It has multiple filters that can be used as you take the image, like the autumn setting used in this image. There is an adjustment for exposure value which allows you to adjust light and multiple other settings to play with as well.

I bought my LG Leon about 3 months ago, and still keep my Stratosphere II either in my glove box of the car or in my computer bag to have handy for test shots or just a quick camera to grab to snap a couple quick images. I know longer have phone service on it, but just keep it around as a spare camera.

Combine this camera with the power of Gimp photo editing software and you can come up with some incredibly beautiful photos. This photo was edited, using Gimp. I did a quick contrast adjustment, ran it through the oilify filter, then the canvas filter and done!

If you’ve never used Gimp, I highly recommend this open source alternative to Photoshop. http://www.gimp.org/

gimp edit

Image edited in gimp. Oil on canvas filters and contrast adjustment.

Youtube Gimp Text To Path

Here’s a quick and easy Youtube video that explains using Text To Path with Gimp.

To get curved text with Gimp to either wrap around an image or spruce up a graphic all you need to understand is how to Text To Path. This video explains it in a few easy steps. Once you figure out the basics, just use your imagination and the sky is the limit.

Create a Watermark In Gimp

Today I want to show you how to create a watermark in Gimp to protect your copyrighted work. For the example I’ll use one of the tiles from my first graphic pack that I put up for sale. I needed a watermark to protect the sample graphics that can be seen here.

This is real simple to do and using Gimp we can achieve this in about 4 simple steps. NOTE: I tried to highlight all the buttons and tools that you will have to use. For the final steps I combined the opacity and rotate tool. If your new though, you can just mouse over the buttons to find out what they are. Just click on images to enlarge.

bg-fractal-5-spaceFirst download and load the trippy psychedelic fractal graphic above in Gimp. Once the tile is loaded you want to create a new layer and make sure that transparency is checked. If you like the graphic, click here for information on use.

psyWatermark1Now select a font. I chose Sans Bold, I wanted to use something kind of chunky. And change your color to white and make the font size about 60px. Then click on the tile and type Sample. Note: If Gimp creates a font layer for you, some versions will, just delete the unused transparent layer.

psyWatermark2Now click on the rotate tool. Then click on the Sample text and rotate till its going across the tile  from corner to corner. You may want to use the move tool to center it. Just click on the move tool then click directly on the text and move it into position.

psyWatermark3Finally, click on the opacity and bring it down to about 30 or whatever you think looks good. The goal is to make it not look overly annoying and not completely kill the design.

funky psychedelic trippy background tile.

Finished product will look something like this.

That’s it, you’re done ! Click file, save, export as filename.jpg and your sample watermark is finished. You could also use a transparent svg file in whatever color you wanted as the overlay and then slide the opacity for the svg to get the same effect only in a design instead of text. I may do that in another tutorial down the road.

To see this effect in use click here.