Writer’s Workshop: GIMPing Along

I always wonder about these “write a post in [number] lines.” I’m pretty sure it means “sentences,” because it would be hard to figure out how many characters fit on a line based on the font and the width of the line (for me, it’s 600 pixels). So we’ll stay with sentences.

Wilber, the GIMP mascot. Source: http://gimp.org

I’ve been working a lot with GIMP (the GNU Image Manipulation Program) recently. It’s a poor man’s Photoshop, and you can also use it to create word art and image quotes. It does more than I need it to do, and the price is right (free). The people whose YouTube channels I’m visiting to learn it also work with Inkscape, apparently better for creating logos, and Blender, with which you can create animations. I think I have my hands full with GIMP, though; maybe I’ll play with the others a little bit as I get better. Really, I think GIMP is all I need.

I see by my line counter that this is line 10, meaning the next one will be the last. Hope all is well at your end.

21 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: GIMPing Along

  1. I find it hard to stick to the rules so I can go longer or my count is wrong. I like the poor man’s photoshop which all we need honestly and free is always great.


    1. The way I dealt with making sure I had the right number of sentences was to use BBEdit, which numbers the lines. Otherwise, you know me, I’d still be writing.

      I’m sure there are things that Photoshop can do that GIMP can’t and I’m almost as sure Photoshop is better at whatever it does, but for someone who isn’t a professional photographer (or not working for a deep-pockets company), GIMP is ideal. And you can’t beat the price.


  2. I broke the rules, focusing on just 11 sentences. Blame it on my Adult ADD. Blame it on the current political climate. Blame it on whatever. Actually, I’m just so happy to have my website up again after a disastrous encounter with my former web designer that I simply cannot be blamed. For anything!

    Great post, John!


    1. Any time I see “11 lines,” I read it as “11 sentences.” Kat’s pretty cool about it.

      We’ll blamer it on your former web designer. Was he/she/it responsible for the setup you have now? Because, whoever did it, it looks good.


    1. You can see a few of them here: https://thesoundofonehandtyping.wordpress.com/2018/07/07/supine-socs/

      I’m working on new graphics for the badges I use on the blog, retaining the ones for various challenges (like Writer’s Workshop) that belong to others, and learning how to do image quotes, which I had been doing on Quozio.

      They just upgraded GIMP, so be sure you get release 2.10.4. (It’s on the GIMP website, http://gimp.org) There’s a wealth of information and tutorials on YouTube. Best part is, if you don’t like it, you aren’t out any money.


  3. I’ve never tried GIMP, but I’ve heard of it. I use Canva [also free] when I want a cute little something-something for my blog. It’s super easy to learn, which is why I keep going back to it.


  4. Thanks for the tip! I’ve been using something called be funky.com since picmonkey started charging money, and it’s just not user-friendly. I only need to crop, rotate, add text, and sometimes adjust brightness if it’s a food photo, so I can’t justify something that wants me to pay money to add makeup, whiten teeth, etc. My dogs look just fine as-is!


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