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28 October 2012

How to Create an Evil Red Demon Head

An Intermediate-Level Tutorial

In this article I'll explain how I created this evil red demon head design.

Final Evil Red Demon Head Design
Final Design

24 October 2012

Halloween Pumpkins!

Trick or Treat!

Halloween at the Fort Worth Zoo is great fun for the entire family. They have their Boo at the Zoo event over two weekends at the end of October. You can wander through the zoo and watch animals play with their pumpkin treats, or take the kids to join in with the special events and games, such as the scavenger hunt. I always enjoy seeing the cool costumes that the kids wear. I also appreciate the creativity exhibited in the pumpkin decorating. Here's a look at this year's pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin Patch Left
Pumpkin Patch Right

And here are some close-ups of my favorite pumpkins.

17 October 2012

GIMP 2.8 Tutorial: Which Tool Should I Use to Crop a Photo? — Part 1

GIMP Casual User Series — The Crop Tool

Do you have minimal experience with GIMP, but would like to know more about the best tools to use for trimming photos? Are you interested in learning about the various options that make these tools easier to use? Would you like a method for making a decision about which tool is best for which type of job? If so, read on for an exploration of the first tool in this series — the Crop Tool.

Giraffes cropping grass

For this article, I'll be using GIMP 2.8 and a photo of some giraffes, which you can download by clicking on the picture. (When you get to the full-sized image, drag it and drop it on your desktop.) It is assumed that you have some basic knowledge about GIMP, such as how to invoke it and load an image, how to navigate the menus, and how to save a file. By the end of this article you should have a good feel for using the Crop Tool, along with all of its options that are applicable to cropping photographs.

03 October 2012

GIMP Magazine

GIMP Magazine Issue 1

There's a new kid on the block called GIMP Magazine. Issue 1 was published in September. It contains highlights of several artists; an article about Ian Muttoo, a photographer who uses GIMP and UFRaw exclusively; a list of essential GIMP resources; a photography gallery; an article about photography by Tim Stocker; a review of GIMP 2.8; and a tutorial from master GIMP user, Ludovic Celle. It looks professionally done and is free to download.

According to their web site, the first draft of Issue 2 is complete and there's a call for content for Issue 3.

It's great to see GIMP get its own magazine. I enjoy using it and any tips, techniques, and tutorials are always welcome.

Check it out via the link above!