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12 January 2019

Switching from Windows to Linux

The time has come, the Walrus said,
To talk of many things: Of switching now to Linux,
Putting Windows in the wings.
- (Nod to Lewis Carroll)
I was a software engineer on UNIX systems for fourteen years. When I retired in 2004, I switched over to using Windows on my home computer. Windows XP was great. All of the software I wanted to use worked fine on it and life was good. When Windows Vista was released, I simply ignored it and continued happily on my way with XP. Then one day, due to a death in my family (my computer), I was forced to buy new hardware. Fortunately, at that time Windows 7 was available, so I started using it and life continued to be good. Windows 8 came and went while I happily continued using Windows 7.

19 February 2016

Creating a Tiling 3D Geometric Pattern Using Inkscape

Some time during the latter half of 2015 I sketched out the following design which I wanted to create as a pattern.

Geometric Shapes Sketched Design

I finally got around to working on it at the end of January 2016. Creating the basic shapes in Inkscape was very easy. The fun came in when I started messing about with various filters to see what kinds of effects I could get. After a lot of experimentation I eventually ended up with this design.

Final 3D Geometric Shapes Pattern

In this tutorial I explain how to create this design using the simplest steps I can think of. My actual process was much more complicated and involved a lot of trial and error. (Please note: This tutorial is intended for instructional purposes only. I am not granting permission for anyone to use or publish this design in any form.)

18 August 2015

Creating the Trojan Zebra with Inkscape

The intent of this article is to show my creative flow with Inkscape as opposed to giving a detailed step-by-step tutorial, which would be difficult with anything more than a simple design.

In June of 2015 I had the idea of drawing a zebra with a hair headdress instead of a mane – a kind that would look like the horsehair brush on an ancient Greek helmet. (My thought was, the zebra was bald and had to wear an artificial mane to keep up appearances.) I drew a quick sketch to save the idea and finally got around to working on it in August.

Original Trojan Zebra Idea

02 June 2015

GIMP Magazine Issue 12

News Flash!

GIMP Magazine Issue 12 is now available. This issue features a digital graphic art tutorial by Martí
n Eschoyez, who is a self-taught designer, animator, CG artist, and teacher based in Córdoba, Argentina.

Don't miss this tablet-friendly edition.

16 April 2015

GIMP Magazine Issue 11

News Flash!

GIMP Magazine Issue 11 is now available. This issue focuses on Turi Scandurra, a professional illustrator and animator, and includes an article on animated character development. There is also a gallery of art by members of the GIMP community.

Don't miss this tablet-friendly edition.

10 April 2015

How to Create Tiling Patterns in Inkscape – The Grid Methods

Patterns that tile can be fun to create and are useful for filling large spaces, like fabric, comforter covers, rugs, and so forth. There are many different methods that can be used to create these sorts of patterns. Herein I describe some simple methods that I think of as the grid style and which I used to create these summer-themed tiling patterns.

Simple Square Tiled Pattern

Matching Edges Tiled Pattern

Offset Tiled Pattern

12 March 2015

How to Customize Products at Zazzle

I have been posting my art and photography on products for sale at Zazzle for a few years now. Using their design creation and customization tools has become second nature. But as I think back, I realize how much of a learning process there was and how some customers may feel intimidated by the tools or may be reluctant to experiment with them. Here, then, are two Zazzle product customization user manuals that show how to customize products at Zazzle.

Zazzle provides two methods for customizing a product: a design template and a full set of customization tools. A design template is a list of image layers and text fields which appear only if created by the designer and which allow a customer to make simple changes to the design. The full set of customization tools is available via a Customize it! link if the designer has not turned off this feature. These tools provide numerous ways to add, change, and remove various aspects of the design.

In order to keep this post, and the manual pages, to a reasonable length, I have posted the two manuals to separate pages. The first manual explains how to use a design template; the second one, which is quite lengthy, explains all of the tools available for full customization. Below are links to the two manuals plus links to all of the sections of the full customization manual.

  0 – Introduction
  1 – Using the Art View
  2 – Understanding Image and Text Layers
  3 – Adding Image and Text Layers
  4 – Changing Image and Text Layers – General
  5 – Moving Image and Text Layers
        5-1 – Moving Image and Text Layers in the XY Plane
        5-2 – Moving Image and Text Layers in the Z Plane
  6 – Rotating Image and Text Layers
  7 – Resizing Image Layers
  8 – Formatting Text Layers
  9 – Changing the Background Color
10 – Customizing Designs with Multiple Sides or Areas
11 – Using the Edit Menu
12 – Using the Advanced Options