Fearless Kitty Rescue has … Kittens! And a new flyer!

Just made a flyer for the kitties using Gimp, (GNU Image Manipulation Program). It’s basically Open Source Photoshop for Linux.  I feel it’s the best image editor for Linux and the latest version 2.8 is a noted improvement over previous versions. If you’re proficient with Adobe Photoshop, you won’t have much trouble getting started with Gimp, but it pays to read the manual as some things are done differently.

 

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Latest Fearless Kitty Rescue Flyer by Kenn Ranous

 

An outline of how this flyer was created:

1. Open GIMP, create a new document, US-letter 300ppi portrait orientation. Save as flyer-1.xcf, that’s Gimp’s equivalent to a .psd. All layers and images are maintained during a save, making for a large but fully editable project.

2. Open each image, note a thumbnail will appear across the upper edge of the Gimp workspace, making for easy switching.

3. Using the Rectangle Select Tool, copy all or part of each image as desired.

3. Switch back to flyer-1.xcf, click ‘edit’ > ‘paste as’ > ‘new layer’. In the layers toolbox on the right, double-click the name of the new layer and enter something relevant.

4. Use the ‘move’ tool to position and the ‘scale tool’ to resize.

5. Repeat steps 2 – 4 until satisfied with background.

6. For the top and bottom text bars, create two new layers 8.5″ wide x 1″ high. Position them in the layers hierarchy above the previously imported images, move one to the top, another to the bottom, and set opacity to about 40% or as desired.

7. Use the text tool to create titles, setting font size, kerning, color as desired. Remember to position these in the layer hierarchy above all others.

8. Additional effects such as drop shadow can be applied. Unlike Photoshop, these are under the ‘filters’ menu and the process of creating a drop shadow also creates an additional layer. This took some getting used to on my part, but once learned it does work. If you want to move a layer that has a drop-shadow layer associated with it, first go to the layers box on the right. For the layer and it’s drop-shadow layer underneath, click the ‘link’ tick box just to the right of the layer visibility tick box (that’s the little eye). Now they’re linked together and can be moved together, just like in Photoshop!

 

Here’s a screen-grab of the layers box. Notice the layers ‘logo’ and ‘Drop Shadow White’ are linked together so they can be moved together. Coherently naming your layers makes future editing much easier, as does discarding unused layers.

 

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That’s about all there is to it. There’s probably better tools for doing page layout, such as scribus especially if you have a lot of text to add. The text tool for Gimp is OK for basic titles, but it leaves a bit to be desired and lacks the more advanced text and paragraph formatting tools.

 

-Kenn Ranous

 

 

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