Learn Gothic Calligraphy and Lettering – Online Calligraphy Course

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Learn Gothic Calligraphy & Lettering in this online calligraphy course.

Click Here to purchase the 67 page eBook (Digital Download) – ($39.99)

Click Here to purchase the eBook (Digital Download) and Calligraphy Review Service – ($79.99)

For the Calligraphy Review Service all you need is a camera or scanner, and ability to send your images through the internet (e.g. email).  It is as easy as taking a photo with your mobile phone and sending it.  I then review and comment on your work.

A portion of the proceeds will go towards maintaining the Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto’s website (a non-profit arts guild in Canada).

This entire eBook was created with open source software – GIMP for image manipulation, Inkscape for all diagrams and exemplars and Scribus for desktop publishing.  Amazing software tools that work great together!

Below is a listing of the course topics . . .

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Desktop Publishing Course (Using Scribus) Now Available

Desktop Publishing Course - CD Jacket WallpaperI am pleased to announce that the new Desktop Publishing Course is now available.  Scribus is free and open source software that is comparable to Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, and MS Publisher.

Watch a short video that describes the course



  • RUNNING TIME: 5hr 51min of step-by-step video tutorials with voice instruction
  • LANGUAGE: English
  • PLATFORM: Windows, Mac and Linux
  • ASPECT RATIO: 16:9 widescreen
  • COURSE INDEX: 40-page interactive PDF including table of contents, resources, definitions, index and more
  • VIDEOS: 32 instructional videos
  • EXERCISES: 19 exercise and four demonstration folders, approximately 100 files, totalling roughly 300 MB
  • COURSE NOTES: 94-page printable course notes PDF, plus an interactive PDF format
  • SUPPORT: Basic email/Skype support provided
  • UPDATES: Course updates provided as digital download.  This includes minor updates and you will be notified by email with a digital download link of any updates, new exercises etc. And this is included in the cost of the course purchase.
  • SPECIAL FEATURES: Steve Czajka, the managing editor for GIMP Magazine, provides a review of self-publishing an international magazine. This review covers the major steps to start up a magazine, build a following via social media, and provide amazing content. Steve shares the publishing workflow procedures that GIMP Magazine utilizes for each issue of the publication, typography style guides and several design considerations to creating a clean and appealing magazine layout. Check out Steve’s design portfolio at http://flickr.com/steveczajka


I think this is amazing value…

Desktop Publishing Course (Digital Download) $49.99


Desktop Publishing Course (Physical DVD mailed anywhere) $99.99

Upon payment confirmation you will be sent an email with the digital download link.  It is as simple as that!


Still not convinced?  Check out how Scribus is used to create professionally designed and printed brochures.  And of course, Scribus is used to publish GIMP Magazine!




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Issue 3 Launches March 6


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!



  • 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?



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.



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!



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!



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!



Help Support GIMP Magazine by contributing $5.00 CAD (appx 3.9 Euros). This money goes towards covering the ongoing costs of operating a free magazine.



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



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



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).




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!

Issue 2 Preview – Design Brochures

Design Professional Brochures Using GIMP, Inkscape, and Scribus
Written by Steve Czajka, Edited by Sandra Livingston

This article will show you how to create professional brochures using completely free and open source software. This article uses a high-level approach to show you the overall steps to create a brochure, and some items to consider. Read this article and decide if open source can do the job for you. Keep in mind that GIMP, Inkscape, and Scribus are similar to Adobe® Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and InDesign® respectively.

This 26 minute HD video tutorial walks you through the basic steps to creating a brochure in Scribus while using GIMP and Inkscape for your graphics.



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://gimpmagazine.org/courses


The Desktop Publishing Course uses free and open source Scribus (http://scribus.net).  Scribus is very similar to Adobe InDesign and MS Publisher.  Learn to use free and open source scribus to create business cards, brochures, leaflets, full size posters, newsletters, magazine publications, and even books.  I use Scribus to create GIMP Magazine and several other professional looking documents.  Purchase your copy at http://gimpmagazine.org/courses

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Like the Gothic Textura Calligraphic Typeface used in the brochure?  I developed this authentic hand done calligraphy that was post processed using GIMP and Inkscape.  I call this Textura Tall and Narrow, and it is commercially available at: