For those of you who do not have Gimp loaded onto your computer you can find versions for Linux, Windows and Mac operating systems at www.gimp.org. You find that many of popular linux distro’s already include the GIMP as part of the basic Operating System install.
For Linux Ubuntu users, Gimp can also be downloaded from Applications/Ubuntu Software Centre/Graphics/Gimp. Alternatively, open a Terminal window and type,
Then press enter. When requested enter your password and again press enter. Gimp will be loaded onto your computer. Once loaded Gimp can be found under Applications/Graphics.
It’s also recommended you install the following which, whilst not essential to this tutorial it does extend the number of different filters and features available.
Goto to YAST and select the software manager. Then in the search box type gimp to locate the GIMP and related packages. Tick the gimp option (any other packages that are needed will get selected automatically), then apply the changes.
Irrespective of which operating system you are using, be aware there are various plugin’s available which can extend the functionality of GIMP. They are not necessary initially, or for this tutorial in the main, but as you progress you may find them useful. I’ll mention just a few of them here by way of illustration.
- If your a photographer, and shot in RAW then select the gimp-ufraw option.
- For animation select the gimp-gap (gimp animation package).
- Inkscape is a vector graphics tool, if you use, or plan to use this select the inkscape-extensions-gimp
- For python programs then gimp-plugins-python may be useful.