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Postby sglider12 » Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:18 pm

A follow up from my post here:
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I could probably write ya one. I think we should all get together and make one big one by the community, with each person assigned a different part to write about. I could put it all together in the end as one big guide to the Gimp GUI by the Gimper.net community.

Have you seen my newest Photoshop tuts' PDF file? I could use the layout of that PDF to write a sort of ebook as a guide to the Gimp. Of course there are going to have to be a few changes to it, but it's neat and easy to read along to. We just need to get something together and everyone write their own part to it, I'll edit and proofread, and then we'll have this one big, community-made ebook to the Gimp.

Think about it....:D ^-^


So I think we can do this. I can get something set up as to who is assigned what part based on how well/skilled they are at it. And if they're not, then, well, they'll have to learn. Alongside the PDF, I could also feature an online version, but it won't be as detailed (hence the value of downloading a PDF file).

But first, I'll going to need all of you to help me gather a list of what topics we should feature and what we shouldn't. Shouldn't as in irrelevant, not enough information to support it, stuff that might be too advanced for a beginner book, etc. (Yes I'm thinking about making an advanced book afterward if this one is successful enough...)


So, whatcha guys think?
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Re: Help Me Create a Gimp How-To

Postby sglider12 » Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:21 pm

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Ideas will be posted here.
Be sure to check if your idea isn't already submitted before posting yours. Also be sure to include some form of a detailed description.

1) Photoshop to Gimp Conversion
Great for people coming from Photoshop to Gimp. This includes tool conversion, filters, and other features that both programs have in common.

2) The Beizer Tool
A sub section explaining the beizer tool and the many things that can be done with it.

3) The Text Tool
Features the basics, such as just using the text tool, modifying your text, yet keeping it editable, and even more.

4) Layers
A sub section explaining the layers function and the many things that can be done with it.

5) PS & Gimp Plugins
A great list of plugins that work with the Gimp, and how to use them.

6) The Gradient Tool
A sub section explaining the gradient tool and the many things that can be done with it.

7) The Filters
Section explaining Gimp Filters.

8.) A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Section
A section with Gimp's most frequently asked questions.

9) GAP Help: Installation & Usage
A section about GAP (Gimp Animation Package) installation and usage.

10) OS Differences
Installation, setup, directory structure, and any other differences in Gimp between operating systems. I don't think this'll be a different section, but something to add in in different areas of the book, like directory structures, where as the brushes folder is definitely in a different area on a Windows PC than a Linux, Mac, and so on.

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Re: Help Me Create a Gimp How-To

Postby Ajit » Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:00 pm

Photoshop to Gimp Tool Conversion


DARN thats what my suggestion was going to be

Also be sure to include some form of a detailed subscription.


lol don't you mean description?

uhh yeah i would love to help with this whole thing

perhaps another section would be :

Photoshop and Gimp Filters
A list and specific description of mutual and unique filters (a list of which filters gimp and ps share and which ones gimp has standalone)
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Re: Help Me Create a Gimp How-To

Postby sglider12 » Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:10 pm

yeah i meant description..ill fix that

I think PS and Gimp filters would fall under the PS>Gimp conversion sub section.

I have a feeling that PS>Gimp is going to be a huge topic..
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Re: Help Me Create a Gimp How-To

Postby Ajit » Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:15 pm

oh when you said

"Photoshop to Gimp Tool Conversion"

i thought you meant strictly the tools themselves

running out of ideas already :P ... maybe a section dedicated to Text? Including text to path, coloring text, downloading fonts for gimp, blending text, making 3D looking text, etc.

still thinking about it
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Re: Help Me Create a Gimp How-To

Postby Gimper » Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:17 pm

having reviews of PS plugins that work with gimp would be great.
also having small tips on how to move layers,add path points, creating gradients etc would be great.
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Re: Help Me Create a Gimp How-To

Postby sglider12 » Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:23 pm

Yeah a section on text would be great. It can feature the basics, such as just using the text tool, modifying your text, yet keeping it editable, and even more, like you mentioned Ajit.

PS plugins that work with gimp would be good too, except the fact that new plugins are created everyday, and keeping up with them would be kinda hard to do, but i think if we listed the major ones that work, that might bring some insight to Gimp users.

We can give Layers its own subtopic, seeing as there is so much you can do with them. The Beizer tool will definitely have it's own section. Such a powerful tool needs it. Gradient tool can have it's own too.
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Re: Help Me Create a Gimp How-To

Postby sglider12 » Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:39 pm

sorry for the dp, but what do others feel should be added?
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Re: Help Me Create a Gimp How-To

Postby sglider12 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:15 pm

sorry for this dp also, but i think this should be stickied so we don't lose it, plus, i need yalls ideas so we can get started ^-^
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Re: Help Me Create a Gimp How-To

Postby Ajit » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:27 pm

a F.A.G.

i mean F.A.Q. section?

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Re: Help Me Create a Gimp How-To

Postby sglider12 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:32 pm

yeah an faq would be great too. we'll have to collect abunch of questions for it though. ^-^
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Re: Help Me Create a Gimp How-To

Postby Ajit » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:35 pm

yeah we could just take some questions from the gimp help section and also come up with some ourselves
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Re: Help Me Create a Gimp How-To

Postby sglider12 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:38 pm

but if anything, we should ask the community (newcomers in the community) what they feel they have the most questions about. we could also see about taking a few from gimp's official site.
http://www.gimp.org/docs/userfaq.html

of course we'll probably have to get permission first. ^-^
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Re: Help Me Create a Gimp How-To

Postby Siddharth » Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:57 am

also add Some GAP in it lol ;D
plus some advanced tutorial ;)
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Re: Help Me Create a Gimp How-To

Postby Ajit » Sat Jun 21, 2008 2:16 am

nice ideas
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