GIMP Magazine – Issue 4

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The GIMP Magazine team is pleased to present Issue #4.

 

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WIN A FREE COPY OF THE NEW DESKTOP PUBLISHING COURSE

I will be giving away a free copy of the new Desktop Publishing Course.  Here is how it works: I will randomly draw from the list of people who have made a donation (min. $5.00) to GIMP Magazine since we started accepting donations.  This is our way of giving back to those who have helped us along the way.  If you want a chance to win, simply donate before the draw takes place.  The draw will take place on Saturday September 7th at 12 noon EST, and the winner will be announced via twitter, and emailed a digital download link to the course.  UPDATE: This course was awarded to B Wagener!  Keep your donations flowing in because you never know when we are going give cool stuff away.

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DIRECTORS CUT – SPECIAL EDITION

Watch the above HD 720p 6min special Directors Cut Video.

 

READ ONLINE VERSION

BUY A PRINTED COPY OF GIMP MAGAZINE

MagCloud did an great job of printing the high resolution version of this magazine.  We are so impressed with this service.  The cost is $26 and this includes a $5 contribution to GIMP Magazine.  The print quality and service makes it so worth while.  The quality is truly outstanding compared to the digital online version.  They also have an iPad version too that is free with the purchase of the magazine.  Check them out at http://gimpmagazine.magcloud.com

 

WANT TO LEARN GIMP, INKSCAPE AND SCRIBUS?

Check out over 10 hours of video based training.  These courses are designed for Photographers, Digital Artists, Illustrators, Industrial Designers, Graphic Artists, Publishers and even Fine Artists looking to promote their work over the web.  These DVDs are available anywhere in the world and can be ordered on line using a credit card or PayPal. NEW Digital downloads are also available for these courses.  Click here for more http://gimpmagazine.org/courses

 

ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: YEAR ONE COMPLETE

This wraps up year one for GIMP Magazine.  Be sure to read about it in our article in Issue #4.  The team at GIMP Magazine wants to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to this initiative.  You are helping to move open source software forward and you are helping to empower millions of people around the world to discover and use free software to create amazing works.

Help continue to spread the word about GIMP and GIMP Magazine.  We greatly appreciate your follows, donations, comments, retweets, reshares, +1s, blog posts, etc. . . If you are not already following us, please do so to be a part of our community of over 10,000 people.  Enjoy and keep your submissions flowing in, we are actively working on Issue #5 and we plan to see you in December.

Issue 4 Preview – The Hunt for Wilber

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The Hunt for Wilber is back in the second installment.  In the first installment Dave was on his private helicopter to seek out Wilber.  Find out what happens next in this thrilling graphic novel by Dave Lepek, illustrated by Yeshua Nel.  Read the back story in Issue #2 and #3 of GIMP Magazine.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

The Hunt for Wilber is created in both GIMP and Inkscape, then published in Scribus.  All open source software!  GIMP is used for the illustrations and Inkscape is used for the text and text bubbles.  The process starts with the magical mind of Dave Lepek.  Dave roughs out on paper a few story ideas.  These ideas are developed and worked into storyboards (very rough sketches).  The storyboards do not include the final words.  The storyboards travel across the world to Yeshua Nel who does an outstanding job of not only interpreting our sketches, but turning them into real print-quality images.  Once we receive the final images the text is created and edited by Sandra Livingston and Debi Dalio.  Final text including the title logo is then added to the images using Inkscape.  Inkscape is a wonderful and fast tool to create the text bubbles.  We have developed an Inkscape template of standardized call-outs, text circles, and thought bubbles.  It is amazing that this graphic novel all starts with a single idea, a blank sheet of paper, and that open source software enables us to create the final product.

If you like The Hunt for Wilber, drop us a comment on our blog, tweet us or let us know.  It takes significant effort to produce these and Dave Lepek would like to know what is in your thought bubbles.  See what I did there. :)

 

ISSUE #4

Issue #4 of GIMP Magazine has been sent to http://gimpmagazine.magcloud.com for a print test and is due back to us by August 14th.  Plenty of time for us to prepare for the September 4th release of GIMP Magazine.  That is only four weeks away.  This issue is spectacular and I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!  We also have some special plans for our Directors Cut video release.  We are mixing it up this time around.  This is a huge effort from everyone and we appreciate you contributions!

 

Issue 4 Launches September 4

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It’s Official – Issue 4 launches to the world on September 4th 2013, and this is shaping up to be our best issue ever!  We had so much content for Issue #4 that we had to cap it at 100 pages of awesome.  This issue will feature a mix of photography and digital arts.

We listened to our readers — you  asked for more tutorials and we delivered.  This issue is packed with several meaningful and relevant tutorials for both photographers and digital artists of all skill levels. Oh yeah, did I mention that GIMP Magazine is FREE? We can’t wait to share this with you!

 

ISSUE 4 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reflections Photography by the Master Ian Muttoo.  Incorporating reflections into your photography can provide you with an interesting, alternative view on mundane scenes, and Ian shares with us how to achieve this.
  • A look back at the first year of GIMP Magazine.  Issue #4 will mark the first anniversary for GIMP Magazine.  In this article, the Managing Editor for GIMP Magazine looks back at this amazing journey and also takes a peek into the future of GIMP Magazine.
  • FEATURE: An Interview with professional photographer and digital artist Christopher Mark Perez.  This is an incredible feature story about Christopher and how he achieves his mind blowing photography and digital art creations.  This is an absolute must read for photographers or digital artists of all skill levels.
  • FEATURE: The Hunt for Wilber is back in episode No.2.  That pesky Dave is chasing down Wilber all over the world.  Tune in to see where this adventure leads.  It is really starting to heat up.  Dave Lepek, the masterful creator and Yeshua Nel take this graphic novel to the next level.
  • Rolf Steinort dominates our Photography Gallery in this issue with some photos of distressed objects.  I love this style of photography and you will too.
  • The Design Gallery is on fire this issue with outstanding creations from bold to beautiful.  Typically this is my favorite part of the magazine and this issue is no exception.  We pulled out all the stops by featuring digital artists from all over the world.
  • Did you ever want to know how to create a vignette that doesn’t look photo-shopped?  Learn how to create a proper vignette using GIMP software from the pros Christopher Mark Perez and Debi Dalio.  This is also an essential read for photographers who want their images to stand out.
  • Did you ever take a nice photograph, but it looked boring?  Add some style to it from the pros by creating a vintage look.  Christopher Mark Perez and Debi Dalio have delivered a tutorial on how to colorize in GIMP to give your photos an authentic vintage look.
  • Want to buy a book about GIMP?  Oma Dial reviews the recently published “Instant GIMP Starter”.  We also plan to offer some give-away copies of this book prior to launch.
  • Steve Czajka delivers a Basic GIMP Tutorial (written and video based) on how to add interest to your photography or artwork using some basic digital arts techniques.  This builds upon Steve’s existing Digital Arts Course now available by digital download.
  • And to wrap up this issue Christopher Mark Perez delivers an outstanding Master Class of how to create a professional looking portraiture.  This is where Christopher’s experienced photography and digital arts excellence collide to provide incredible results.  And Christopher has graciously shared his process with everyone in this feature-length master class.
  • All this and more in the next issue of GIMP Magazine which by the way is FREE!

 

HALF-A-MILLION IMPRESSIONS

GIMP Magazine on Issuu.com (where we host the online magazine) has measured over 500,000 views.  This is incredible.  Issue 3 had over 100,000 impressions in it’s first week of release, considerably more than the first two issues.  These numbers are crushing our original estimates, and they do not include other big sites that have posted our PDF on their website for wide-scale download. GIMP Magazine is appearing in hundreds of Magazine download sites and we think this is amazing.  Thanks everyone for making GIMP Magazine a huge success!

 

10,000 FOLLOWERS

We are quickly approaching 10,000 followers.  This is an incredible number that is way beyond our expectations when starting this project less than a year ago.  This is great news for GIMP Magazine, GIMP software and the open source community!  A sincere thanks to everyone who is following us and we look forward to providing you with some amazing magazines to come.

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PRINT & TABLET EDITION

Issue 4 will launch to the world in all the regular formats (Issuu, PDF direct download) as well as high quality print format and tablet format (e.g. iPad).  Help support GIMP Magazine and have one delivered to your door, or tablet!  Check out http://gimpmagazine.magcloud.com for back issues.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

The GIMP Magazine Team would like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to our magazine.   Visit our website if you would like to contribute.  We can now accept donations of any amount (see upper right of our website) — we send cool stuff to those who do! Advanced previews, special features and other special goodies!

I want to apologize for the delay of Issue #4, but given the outstanding quality of this content, I didn’t want to rush it and possibly compromise the final product.  GIMP Magazine is back and stronger than ever!  We are actively working on Issue #5, and planning out Issue #6.  This is going to be great!

And finally I want to give a special thanks to everyone on the GIMP Magazine Team particularly Debi Dalio and Sandra Livingston for writing and editing this work.  Keep an eye out for some in-depth previews coming soon!  Kicking us off is a preview of Reflections Photography by Ian Muttoo.

Wait — I know i am forgetting something . . . What was that? . . . Oh Yeah, GIMP Magazine is FREE!  Help spread the word.  Tell your friends and family.  Please follow us by: email on our website, re-tweet us on twitter, re-share us on Google Plus, like us on facebook, pin us on pinterest, digg us on digg, linkus on linkedin or re-anything us!

 

 

Cheers, Steve Czajka and The GIMP Magazine Team!

 

P.S. Keep your submissions coming in!  We need more full length articles and tutorials for Issue #5!  Possibly your creations will make the cover?  We need more photography submissions too!  Don’t be bashful. The deadline for submissions is early September.

Issue 3 Launches March 6

ALL ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY

It’s Official – Issue 3 launches to the world on March 6 2013 and it is looking amazing!  So many amazing submissions that Issue 3 will weigh in at just under 90 pages of cool!  This is thanks to some amazing submissions from talented photographers from all over the world (like Andrea Zanovello), not to mention Ian Muttoo from the GIMP Magazine team who has written an article on motion photography.  We also have several tutorials on how to use GIMP with your photography.  Oh yeah, did I mention that GIMP Magazine is FREE? We can’t wait to share this with you!

 

ISSUE 3 HIGHLIGHTS

  • We are featuring the cover story on Andrea Zanovello, a highly talented photographer with some stunning shots to gaze at.  In an exclusive interview Andrea tells us all about his photography and what he hopes for in the next version of GIMP
  • We have the first ever Issue of “The Hunt for Wilber” a graphic novel by Dave Lepek, illustrated by Yeshua Nel, who you may know from the Master Class featured in Issue 2 of GIMP Magazine.  Yeshua has joined our team as a regular contributor / illustrator
  • We completed a 70+ point comparison between GIMP 2.8.0 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 Extended
  • We have a full length article on motion photography from Ian Muttoo who you may know from the cover story of Issue #1.  Ian has joined our team as a regular contributor
  • A whole lotta G’MIC coming your way.  We have a collection of G’MIC articles.  Debi Dalio who joined our team recently has given us three articles: a full length feature article about G’MIC and how it works, a super groovy tutorial on how to create a rotoidoscope pattern, and finally a product review of G’MIC.
  • Oma Dial has delivered a book review of, “The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons: a Field Guide to Japanese Yokai”.  The interesting twist is that this full length book is not a training guide, but rather was created using GIMP and other open source tools
  • We have a few short features on other talented photographers
  • We have an incredible photography gallery that we are positive will inspire you
  • We have continued our Tips and Tricks feature
  • And we wrapped all of this is in a very cool looking magazine
  • Oh yeah, did I mention that GIMP Magazine is FREE?

 

NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL SPIN-OFF

We have the first issue of something truly cool here, “The Hunt for Wilber”  By Dave Lepek. We can’t wait to share this with you and continue the journey in upcoming issues.  It was fun to work with Dave and Yeshua while seeing this story unfold in an amazing looking graphic novel style.

 

200,000+ IMPRESSIONS

GIMP Magazine on Issuu.com (where we host the magazine) has measured over 200,000 views.  This is incredible.  Issue 2 had over 100,000 impressions in it’s first month of release, considerably more than Issue 1.  These numbers are way beyond our original estimates, and they do not include some other big sites that have posted our PDF on their website for download. Thanks everyone for making GIMP Magazine a huge success!

 

NEW PRINT & TABLET EDITION

Issue 3 will launch to the world on March 6th in all the regular formats (Issuu, PDF direct download) as well as high quality print format and tablet format (e.g. iPad).  Help support GIMP Magazine and have one delivered to your door, or tablet!

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

The GIMP Magazine Team would like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to our magazine.   Check out http://gimpmagazine.org/giftshop if you would like to contribute $5.00 — we send cool stuff to those who do! Advanced previews, special features and other special goodies!

And finally I want to give a special thanks to everyone on the GIMP Magazine Team for coming together to make this work, especially given some illnesses over the holidays (me included).  Keep an eye out for some in-depth previews coming soon!  Kicking us off is a preview of the cover of The Hunt for Wilber.

I know i am forgetting something . . . Hummm? . . . Oh Yeah, GIMP Magazine is free!  Help spread the word.  Please follow us, re-tweet us, re-share us, or re-anything us!

Cheers, The GIMP Magazine Team!

P.S. We have already started to work on Issue #4, with an incredible photography/digital arts combined story.  Keep your submissions coming in!  We need more full length articles and tutorials!

GIMP Magazine – Issue 2

The GIMP Magazine team proudly presents Issue #2.  We have a whole lot of awesome ready for you!

 

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VIEW ONLINE

 

DIRECTORS CUT/COMMENTARY

Watch the HD 720p half-hour Directors Cut/Commentary Video

 

NEW PRINTED VERSION AVAILABLE

MagCloud did an amazing job at printing the high resolution version of this magazine.  We are so impressed with this service.  The cost is $21 + a $5 contribution to GIMP Magazine.    The print quality and service makes it worth while.  They also have an iPad version too.  Check them out at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/463148

 

EP DAILY TV FEATURE

Just a reminder to check out our TV appearance on EP Daily.  Our TV spot ran on December 5th.  Here is a link to watch it online… we are 19 minutes into the show (after the ad).

http://www.reviewsontherun.com/all/type-of/shows/december-5-ep-daily-full-show/

 

WANT TO LEARN GIMP AND INKSCAPE?

Check out a 5 hr 27 min Digital Arts DVD course.  This course is designed for Photographers, Digital Artists, Illustrators, Industrial Designers, Graphic Artists and even Fine Artists looking to promote their work over the web.  We have a special topic in this course to show people how to photograph / scan fine art, create blogging sites and upload their works.  This DVD is available anywhere in the world and can be ordered on line using a credit card or PayPal.  Click here for more http://steveczajka.posterous.com/digital-arts-course-dvd-gimp-inkscape

We want to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to GIMP Magazine.  Help spread the word about GIMP and GIMP Magazine.  We greatly appreciate your donations, comments, retweets, reshares, +1s, blog posts, etc. . . Enjoy and keep your submissions flowing in, we are actively working on Issue #3!