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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.

Wet Autumn Leaves

Looking for leaf textures and clip art. Feel free to use this for both commercial and personal use. Link back appreciated but not necessary. Enjoy the image.

image of leaves

Feel free to use for both commercial and personal use.  If you use it on the web, feel free to leave (pun fully intended) a link in the comment so I can see how it was used. It’s not necessary but I love seeing how my work was used. Enjoy.

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.

Content Creation and Stock Photography

One of the projects I’ve been working on is a Spanish language blog. I’m not fluent in Spanish, yet I wish to be. So I decided to create mi-palabra-del-dia.com as a way to stay motivated each day and learn and practice my Spanish.

Each Monday, I usually spend the afternoon editing photos I’ve taken over the week and creating that weeks content for the blog. This morning I realised I really didn’t have any good photos pertaining to that subject matter. What to do ? morguefile.com is the answer.

When you’re in a pinch morguefile.com is a great place to grab some free stock photography for your blog or website. The term morgue file comes from the old newspaper days when journalists would need a picture for a story but didn’t have one. The photographers had what were called “morgue files” of images that could be used in a pinch. In a pinch the journalist would go to the morgue file and look for an image that pertained to their subject matter. I’ve used this site in a pinch for a long time now and you can find some really great photos there. The site really lives up to its name.

As far as I know , the only rule is that you can’t use the image in a standalone manner. In other words you have to edit the images a bit and personalize them for your content. Just what I needed. Here’s a couple examples of some things I created using there content.

artwork for my spanish blog

Strawberries for my Spanish blog. Las Fresas Amigos !

La ardilla, a squirrel for my Spanish blog.

la ardilla, the squirrel. Cute little guy isn’t he.

The top image has really been manipulated using Gimp. I did a cut out of the image using a font as a mask to cut the image. I then added a border, some more plain text, and the original image of strawberries. For the second image I simply added a little text and my site url.

I’m pretty sure using the images in a stand alone manner pertains to offering the images by themselves for download. However, you could simply add some text, a border, or create a collage out of a couple different images. I’ll explain more on these things in future post and maybe even use some of these photos for examples.

For the tweeted version of this post: “If you need stock photography in a pinch, try www.morguefile.com

If you open an account, make sure to follow me here. http://morguefile.com/creative/newaeondesign

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After recovering from my first Linux disaster, I promise I’ll post more on that in the next couple days. I wiped Windows from my system and did a minimal install of Fedora 18 KDE. So long Windows ! After the install, I played around a bit to see exactly what was pre-installed in my computer, removed the packages I had no use for, and found a couple interesting surprises. My favorite one is KColorChooser.

One of the things I love about Linux is all the great software available for graphic design, and web design. KColorChooser is another great example of some of the great software available for designers. This is a really simple program that allows you to select colors from either the color pallete, or anywhere on the screen. Now that I’ve been doing a lot of web design I’ve wanted to look for a program just like this. This is the perfect program to use when you’re developing your color schemes on web pages, and graphics. Read More Here.