Coloring in Gimp Part 2 – Color Tools + The Colors Menu

Gimp Menu ColorsIn Gimp’s main menu is a “Colors” drop-down with 20+ options that we will briefly explore in this second part of Coloring in Gimp.

The first nine entries in the color menu are a variety of color tools that can also be found under Tools > Color Tools and as options that can be added to the toolbox.

The remaining entries are no less useful and/or interesting.

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An Introduction to Gimp

Gimp Mascot WilberGimp is an acronym for the GNU Image Manipulation Program.

It is a free, open source raster image editor available on multiple operating platforms (Windows, Linux, OS X, etc.)

Gimp features a customizable interface, photo enhancement and digital retouching features, as well as support for multiple hardware devices and file formats.

It is expandable by way of plugins and extensions that can be added or created via its scripting interface.

As a cross-platform image-editor, Gimp is unparalleled.

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An Introduction to Paint & KolourPaint

Paint & KolourPaint LogosTwo of the most basic image-manipulation/editing programs are Microsoft Paint — or just Paint — and KolourPaint

Paint is included with each version of Windows. We’ll be discussing the Window 7 version.

KolourPaint is a part of the KDE package. I’m currently using version 16.08.2.

There are many similarities between the two programs — many features and functionalities that work the same.

Let’s explore some of those features.

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It’s World Backup Day!

World Backup Day April 31stWhen was the last time you backed up your data?

Today is the official yearly reminder to quit procrastinating and save all that precious electronic media that you can’t imagine living without… but haven’t backed up since… well, it’s been a few days… or weeks… or…

Because, seriously, if you can’t remember how long it’s been, it might as well have not happened since this time last year!

Let’s go and do it!

An Introduction to Types of Graphical File Formats

Graphical File FormatsI’m a programmer.

In my family, there is a very defined line between capabilities.

On one side of the line, you have the logic-oriented programmers, and on the other side of the line you have the artists.

And, as my Dad and fellow-programmer often says, “I don’t do graphics”.

You would have to hear the emphasis and take in his posture during such a statement to truly understand the humor behind it — but he’s not joking.

I, too, have difficulties on the graphical-front, but have found it necessary, from time to time, to dip my toes into the image-related kiddie pool.

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An Introduction to ASCII Art

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  / _ \ \___ \| |    | | | |    / _ \ | '__| __|
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Artwork that is made up of nothing more than carefully-arranged keyboard characters — 95 American Standard Code for Information Interchange characters, to be precise — is called ASCII art.

I have already shared a few examples of ASCII art, without going into detail about them being ASCII art, in my post about having fun with the Linux command line, where Asciiquarium, Banner, Cowsay, Figlet (which produced the above example), and Sl were all featured.

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