Alignment and Distribution of Graphic Elements in Inkscape
Inkscape’s alignment and distribution functionality is wonderful to use for organizing graphic or typographic design elements or laying out printed matter. In this tutorial I will demonstrate this by creating a simple graphic design of colored stars.
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Alignment and Distribution of Graphic Elements in Inkscape

Inkscape’s alignment and distribution functionality is wonderful to use for organizing graphic or typographic design elements or laying out printed matter. In this tutorial I will demonstrate this by creating a simple graphic design of colored stars.

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Alignment and Distribution of Graphic Elements in GIMP
When creating graphic or typographic designs or laying out printed matter such as brochures, leaflets, or newsletters, knowing how to use GIMP to organize and move graphic elements can be very handy. In this article I will explore GIMP’s alignment and distribution functions by creating a simple graphic design of colored circles.
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Alignment and Distribution of Graphic Elements in GIMP

When creating graphic or typographic designs or laying out printed matter such as brochures, leaflets, or newsletters, knowing how to use GIMP to organize and move graphic elements can be very handy. In this article I will explore GIMP’s alignment and distribution functions by creating a simple graphic design of colored circles.

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GIMP’s Layer Modes (Somewhat) Demystified – Part 4: A Pictorial Comparison
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GIMP’s Layer Modes (Somewhat) Demystified – Part 4: A Pictorial Comparison

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GIMP’s Layer Modes (Somewhat) Demystified – Part 3: Grain Extract to Value
In this article I discuss the following layer modes: Grain Extract, Grain Merge, Divide, Hue, Saturation, Color, and Value. I will use the same test images I used for Part 1 and Part 2.
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GIMP’s Layer Modes (Somewhat) Demystified – Part 3: Grain Extract to Value

In this article I discuss the following layer modes: Grain Extract, Grain Merge, Divide, Hue, Saturation, Color, and Value. I will use the same test images I used for Part 1 and Part 2.

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News Flash!
GIMP Magazine Issue 5 is now available. Download it for free!
The featured article this issue is an interview with Pat David, a talented dabbler in image manipulation techniques. There is also a full tutorial by Pat on portrait retouching, including instructions for both RawTherapee and GIMP.
Other items include:
A master class tutorial describing a Gum over Palladium technique
Results of the GIMP Photography Challenge at Meet the GIMP!
An article that speculates on whether GIMP is becoming the world’s most dominant image manipulation software
A gallery of photography
A gallery of illustration
A review of the Tux Paint drawing software
There’s a lot of interesting information in this issue. Be sure not to miss it!

News Flash!

GIMP Magazine Issue 5 is now available. Download it for free!

The featured article this issue is an interview with Pat David, a talented dabbler in image manipulation techniques. There is also a full tutorial by Pat on portrait retouching, including instructions for both RawTherapee and GIMP.

Other items include:

  • A master class tutorial describing a Gum over Palladium technique
  • Results of the GIMP Photography Challenge at Meet the GIMP!
  • An article that speculates on whether GIMP is becoming the world’s most dominant image manipulation software
  • A gallery of photography
  • A gallery of illustration
  • A review of the Tux Paint drawing software

There’s a lot of interesting information in this issue. Be sure not to miss it!

GIMP’s Layer Modes (Somewhat) Demystified – Part 2: Darken Only to Subtract
In this article I discuss the following layer modes: Darken only, Multiply, Burn, Overlay, Soft light, Hard light, Difference, and Subtract. I will use the same test images I used for Part 1.
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GIMP’s Layer Modes (Somewhat) Demystified – Part 2: Darken Only to Subtract

In this article I discuss the following layer modes: Darken only, Multiply, Burn, Overlay, Soft light, Hard light, Difference, and Subtract. I will use the same test images I used for Part 1.

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GIMP’s Layer Modes (Somewhat) Demystified – Part 1: Normal to Addition
A reader recently commented that he didn’t understand why there are so many layer modes in GIMP and he wondered just what one is supposed to do with all of them. Since I wasn’t able to help right off the bat, I decided to do some research and experiment. Figuring stuff out for yourself is fun and I find that it burns in the knowledge. So what follows is the process I went through to try and understand more about layer modes.
First, I created a 900 x 1200 canvas in GIMP divided into six sections: light red, dark red, light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green. I varied the intensities of the colors a bit to make it easier to notice possible differences. On top of each color I put a grayscale gradient with a block of black on the left and a block of white on the right. I merged all of the small color blocks onto a transparent layer to make a test pattern layer above the six-color background. I thought this example would be useful for artists to see how layer modes affect colors.
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GIMP’s Layer Modes (Somewhat) Demystified – Part 1: Normal to Addition

A reader recently commented that he didn’t understand why there are so many layer modes in GIMP and he wondered just what one is supposed to do with all of them. Since I wasn’t able to help right off the bat, I decided to do some research and experiment. Figuring stuff out for yourself is fun and I find that it burns in the knowledge. So what follows is the process I went through to try and understand more about layer modes.

First, I created a 900 x 1200 canvas in GIMP divided into six sections: light red, dark red, light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green. I varied the intensities of the colors a bit to make it easier to notice possible differences. On top of each color I put a grayscale gradient with a block of black on the left and a block of white on the right. I merged all of the small color blocks onto a transparent layer to make a test pattern layer above the six-color background. I thought this example would be useful for artists to see how layer modes affect colors.

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GIMP Quickie No. 4 – Creating Color Pop on Midtone Grayscale

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Question from the Audience — Sharpening a Selection
A Learning Experience
A reader asked me if it were possible to use the grain extract / grain merge sharpening technique on a selection. Taking the question literally and having never tried that before, I immediately opened GIMP and started experimenting. Let’s go through the process of sharpening only the face of this African gray parrot and see what we learn.
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Question from the Audience — Sharpening a Selection

A Learning Experience

A reader asked me if it were possible to use the grain extract / grain merge sharpening technique on a selection. Taking the question literally and having never tried that before, I immediately opened GIMP and started experimenting. Let’s go through the process of sharpening only the face of this African gray parrot and see what we learn.

(Read more on Blogspot.)