GIMP Quick Start Guide

Gimp Loading Screen Screenshot

I’m a GIMP user, I’m proud of it and I’m shouting about it. Yes, I am impressed with it. Quite a turn around. In fact, I’m so impressed with it, I use it to create most of my website graphics and animations. Now I know how to use GIMP, I no longer need to use online graphics generators because I can more quickly make better graphics, logos, animations and buttons with GIMP.

How to Make a Semi-Transparent Image Using GIMP

If you’ve ever used GIMP then you will know that it’s not the most intuitive graphics editor to learn to use. To prove that point, I frequently open images in Kolourpaint (the Linux equivalent to Window’s Paint) to make minor edits then re-open them in GIMP to do the bits I can’t do in Kolourpaint and vice-versa. I know GIMP is a powerful graphics editor I just wish it were more intuitive. Anyway…

Two things I recently learned to do with GIMP:

1. convert every occurrence of a particular colour into a transparent region (good for web graphics), and
2. make an image semi transparent so that it may be used as a watermark.

Here’s how to do those tasks.