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Tutorial: starry sky with Gimp


Today we see how create an effect "starry sky"With GIMP. This guide can ever be of assistance to dial one background for pc, but also and especially for greeting cards, Tickets, posters, folding and products for typography in general. If the final destination of the image will be the screen Computer (background, but also web page or web gallery) advice 72,00dpi. In case the requirement was the carta stampata I suggest the 300,00dpi (to maintain high resolution).


Released Gimp 2.8


E 'of a couple of weeks ago the news of the release of version 2.8 Gimp. The Gimp development team has decided to release the stable version, alternating with the development version, In fact, the latest version can be used (recommended) for the production was the 2.6. Many readers will surely have installed the 2.7 however,, a beta version on the border between the two stable versions useful to have some of the new preview and test the actual stability. Compared to the latest versions 2.7 the stable no surprises. The most important (or maybe that was waiting for the longest time) is the possibility of processing the images in more than 8bit. This means a color depth greater (16bit e 32bit). The following new features:


Graphics: interpolation to resize images with Gimp


Inspired by the comments to one of my old article, write a short guide to clarify any questions on 'graphic interpolation. The short article today will speak only interpolation from the point of view of the graphic software, but it must be pointed out that the interpolation is first and foremost a method for detecting new points on the Cartesian plane, starting from a set of data points in the hypothesis that all the points can refer to a function f(x) of a given family of functions of a real variable.


Tutorial: mosaic “a pallini” type 70 with Gimp


In today's tutorial we will see how to turn a colored photo in a pixel-art original, useful for creating large prints especially when the quality of the initial image will not let.

We begin with an image of your choice. For this tutorial I suggest colored images particularly because many of the details will be lost in the final result.


Tutorial: create “top” and for jeans with Gimp


As announced in the last tutorial, what follows is a quick and easy way to "sewing" toppe e scritte sui jeans. Obviously we will do everything with Gimp, 'm not very good with needle and thread.

For this tutorial we will use some resources readily available on the web (or in this site), and in the specific:


Tutorial: create a fabric like jeans from scratch with Gimp


In many works of graphic happen to need to add an "effetto jeans"? It may be for poster, posters, posters. For me so far I've always gone to look for some stock photo, or me the photos are taken by me, but in today's tutorial we see how to get the same effect (nearly photorealistic) with Gimp.

First, create a new image file to work. I will use the standard size "640 x 480". The background will be blu (in my case I used the following hex: #393a6e).


Lighting effects to images with Gimp and the pack “Lomo Light Leaks”


Today I report an interesting site from which I often take inspiration for the writing of my tutorials. The site is, and as you can easily guess from the name of the domain is a site full of resources for PhotoShop, usable for most of the cases even with Gimp.

Today we see the "Lomo Light Leaks" pack, a collection of effects to add to their photos to make them look old. In pratica si tratta di 71 different images with the effect "flare" or reflex lenses. To apply the effect to the picture you want, simply open the "Light Leak" as a new layer overlaid on the main and change the mode from "Usual" a "Screen". I also recommend you to resize the "Leak" to be applied to the size of the main image.


Tips: Open an EPS file with Gimp on Windows XP


The version of Gimp for Windows is nothing more than a port of the most complete version for Linux. By itself Gimp on Windows has nothing to envy to the Linux version, it was not for some small additional packages that are enabled natively on Linux. One of these is Ghostscript.

The Wikipedia

Ghostscript is a collection of free programs based on an interpreter of page description languages PostScript and Portable Document Format, both of the Adobe.


Tutorial: Effect “macro” a panorama with Gimp


In today's tutorial we deal with a particular technique, that will make our curious photos. To macro photography (or more simply "macro") means the photograph of the small details to which the eye hardly pays attention. There will certainly have seen online, or in some magazines nature of some larger picture microscopic bugs, or all the classic photo 'compound eye Fly. Everything is imperceptible at first glance, but with a good goal "macro" you can also accurately distinguish the compound eye.

In today's tutorial, however, do not deal with macro photography, but the blur resulting from macro to reality. All fiction, nothing macros for today.


Tutorial: flame text / smoke with Gimp


New tutorial for today. Today's tutorial is very simple, one of the first that I have followed, perhaps one of the most abused. To add an inscription l 'effect "fiery" o l'effect "smoke".

First we create a new image. Hundred of shape 640 x 480 pixel.