'If you make happiness your goal, then you're not going to get to it… The goal should be an interesting life."

Dorothy Rowe

Wednesday 9 September 2009

The End – at least for now.

No, I'm not giving up blogging – just the last of the imaging program posts for now.

The final instalment is the only one of the more PSP-like  programs I’d heard about before I started all this – Gimp.

Just looking at the website makes you realise that this is a different sort of beast to most of the others I’ve looked at. The page of tutorials alone is thiiiiiiiis long – and, of course, full of words you never knew existed.

However, as a novice and non-techie – I found the program a bit irritating. Click on ‘File – Open’ and you get a list of your pictures. Not thumbnails. A list. The Help section acknowledges that this can make life difficult if you don’t know the name of the image you want to work with – but I couldn’t work out how [or even if] you could change the list to thumbnails. I suppose if you are working on a few images, you probably will know what they are called – but when you’ve got hundreds and they are almost all called something like IMG 1234…

If you click on a name the program shows you a thumbnail of that file – but clicking through  all the files in a folder can take a while – and I'm an impatient soul.

Another thing that irritates me is that as you move the cursor around, little arrows on the scales across the top and down the left hand side move around too. I’m sure there is a way to stop it but I don’t know what it is.

Unlike most of the other programs I’ve tried, when you use the filters, Gimp doesn’t always show you a preview on the actual image, but in a separate pane – and most of the time it is only part of the image, not the whole. You can move the preview around, but I prefer to se the whole thing at once. For ‘Tools’ on the other hand, it does use the actual image. Most of the time – it doesn’t seem to be consistent.

Having said all that – Gimp has a huge range of things to play with, [try ‘Colours’, ‘Tools’ and ‘Filters’], even if some of them are [and I quote from the program] ‘special effects that nobody understands’. There are lots of sliders to play with too, even if you don’t understand what the labels mean.supernova

This is ‘Supernova’.








‘Cubism’ which is in the ‘Artistic’ set of filters. Lots of bits of layered sheers, I think.






‘Value – Invert’. Very moody.







Equally moody – the ‘Edge’ filter on the dahlia – love those colours.







‘Predator’.  No, I don’t know why either, but interesting for counted thread techniques.





artistic softglow

‘Artistic – Softglow’. Maybe I’m turning girlie in my old age.








And ‘Waves’. most of these samples have had sliders slid – but don’t ask me what I did!




I didn’t find Gimp the easiest of programs to use, but I think it has enormous potential – and is probably much easier if you know more about this sort of program than I do. It also seems to have the best ‘Help’ section of all the programs I downloaded – and, I think, of all the others too.

Of the 4 programs I downloaded [as opposed to on-line programs]Photoscape is probably my favourite, because it is so easy to use and has extras like the collages etc. But I may well come back to Gimp – if only to explore the tutorials on layers, and the paint section which looked quite user friendly.

Mmmm – have to think of something else to do tomorrow!

On a completely different topic – Mrs C reminded me that I hadn’t mentioned where we all went on Monday night.

Here.  Or, more geographically accurately, here – but I posted the review rather than writing my own, which would have been pretty similar.

I don’t think actors are allowed to work at the Watermill unless they can also sing, dance and play at least one musical instrument – preferably all at the same time. I have seen people dance on grand pianos before [as they do in this show] – but not tap dance with a double bass. Has to be a first. Strongly recommended – if you can get tickets. Mrs C got ours last Easter. Very good for taking your mind off interviews.

P.S. Am I the only person in the country who didn't know who Craig Revel Horwood is? – had to look him up.

1 comment:

Wil said...

Thanks Celia for all the info on photo editing programs. Now I only have to find the time to play with them :-)