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This article applies to: Ubuntu 9.10, Ubuntu 10.04 and Linux Mint Isadora, and maybe to the Windows version of GIMP. Ubuntu and most Linux Desktop distributions include a recent version of GIMP. Both Ubuntu and the GIMP are available at no cost at all. The Windows version of GIMP is available at http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ .
I use the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) a lot for picture editing. Now sometimes, a picture has items that I do not want to appear on the picture. Think of, e.g., some text that I would like to wipe out of the picture, or whatever other element. With the to-date most recent, closed-source, commercial competitor of the GIMP, Photoshop CS5, you have an new option called Content-Aware Fill-in. Now the big question is of course: do we have the same option in Ubuntu (or Linux Mint) with GIMP?
The answer is: no, it’s not there by default…and yes, for Ubuntu, it’s available and installable in just a couple of clicks, and it has absolutely exactly the same effect. It’s a plugin for the GIMP that you install through System -> Administration -> Synaptic. In the search box, just search for Gimp Resynthesizer, by filling in “resynt” in the search box. Install the software.
Next, in GIMP, check that you have the following option: Filters -> Projections -> Resynthesize
Now to show that it has really absolutely the same effect, I decided to do with GIMP exactly what is shown as a feature on the Adobe site with the product information of Photoshop CS5: a man, standing with his back to a wall, has to disappear in the final picture. Just check out that the effect is really absolutely the same, by clicking on gimp resynthesize (PDF file, created with OpenOffice.org). The only thing I had to do was tweak a bit one parameter, as shown in the demonstration.
For tutorials, just Google with the keywords: gimp resynthesizer tutorial, there’s plenty of them out there.
An excellent tutorial can be found by clicking on this link.
Check out this Resynthesize feature, it’s truly amazing!!!
When discussing the possibilities of an Ubuntu desktop versus Windows, one of the most frequently asked items that people ask me about is: can I use MSN? Well of course you can. You could either just use MSN Online, or better, use the program that comes with Ubuntu during installation: Pidgin. Pidgin is a very fine multi-purpose messaging client with MSN support. However, the possibilities of Pidgin when it comes to things like font setting, or like inserting all types of smileys in a chat session is quite limited. That is why I would stronly recommend to have a look at a Linux MSN program called KMess. It is a very fine MSN-only program, with exactly that kind of features. Moreover, you can add personal emoticons. How to do that? Just watch this video (in Dutch). And as usual: the kmess program is available with a single click: Applications – Add/Remove applications, search for kmess, click on it, and install! Have fun!
For graphics, most Linux distributions come with an Image Manipulation program called The Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program). While this program is very useful, I always find it a bit too complex: it has so extremely many options that I often do not know what menu item to choose to obtain the effect I am aiming at. Even drawing, let’s say, a simple star is a thing that must just be possible, but I guess it would take me hours to put all angles of the star at their correct position. Again, there is nothing wrong with the program, but it’s just a bit too complex for day-to-day drawing activities, like, e.g. creating a birhtday card or anything similar. Well, even if maybe it’s not intended for that kind of simple work, Xara Linux Edition can do that kind of jobs. It’s a very powerful image manipulation program, that allows you to do all kind of complex work wth very simple mouse clicks. What makes the program even more attractive is the fact, that there are a lot of of very fine, and easy-to-follow tutorials on their web site. Be careful though when printing, because printing directly from within Xara LX crashes the program. So if you want to print your work, first export it as PNG or PDF, and print it from the Gimp or from the PDF Documentviewer. But apart from that, the program really does its work. For Ubuntu, you will find this program in Synaptic, just type in xaralx in the search box, and you’re off! Be aware: the Linux Edition does not have all of the features of the complete (Windows) edition, but that does not make is less useful in Linux, for complex as well as for simple drawings. And while you’re at it, have a look at the tutorials on their web site, and also have a look, trough Youtube, at what you can do with the program, and how easily you can do it (just search for xara lx). It’s just amazing!
Today at work, I had to find a way to create images, in PNG (Portable Network Graphics) format. These images were composed of variable text and an image: a logo with text, as signature for Outlook e-mails. Each PNG image, to be inserted as signature in each Outlook e-mail user profile, had to be specific, since each signature will bear the personal information of the Outlook user. My first thougt was to use GIMP: a program that is perfect for image manipulation, and the absolute Open Source alternative to Photoshop; I used it a lot for my Ubuntu installation guide. Moreover, it has the ability to create image templates, and to add text to the pictures. However, I soon found that the text, once entered in the text boxes, was automatically converted to image, as soon as I saved the template. Now this is where Scribus really came in handy: I had the ability to create a template composed of a fixed image and variable text. And moreover, I was really impressed by the fact that I was able to save the template to a network location, thus enabling my co-administrators to create as many Outlook signatures for users as they want! And exporting it to PNG…was a snap, you just select the option in the Scribus program, that’s it. How to get this working? Just have a look at this video (in Dutch).