GIMP 2.7 for Photoshop Expatriates

Well, I got into a Photoshop vs. Gimp pissing match. Sigh. Lots of rich manure left behind in the aftermath. Why not try to plant a seed and grow a useful vegetable from it? So here’s a quick screencast (created using GNOME Shell’s built-in screen recorder with audio using a trick posted to GNOME bugzilla by my colleague Dan Allen) that shows how to do some of the things folks more used to Photoshop told me they wished they could do in Gimp. I also threw in a little demo of the Gimp Paint Studio plug-in that I’m in the process of packaging up for Fedora. Should you happen upon this and have questions about how to do other stuff you’re used to in Photoshop (or any bitmap tool) and can’t figure out in the Gimp, let me know and I’ll try to screencast it. With the new trick configured in my GNOME shell setup, it is so dead simple to do screencasts I’m looking for excuses to do more! UPDATE: Uh, the link to the video off of the thumbnail preview actually works now 🙂 Thanks to ‘k’ for pointing it out in the comments!

How to create graphics for a Fedora spin

I’ve been spending some time lately putting together some how-to documentation for various tasks the Fedora design team does on a regular basis.
This is a how-to on how to create graphics for a Fedora spin. During a recent design ticket review we noticed a few requests for spin graphics, and there seemed to be some confusion on how to create them. Hopefully this guide helps.

Overview

There’s three main graphics you’ll need to create a page for your spin at spins.fedoraproject.org. What you’ll need before you start creating these graphics:

Things you need to get from the spin maintainer

  • The abbreviated version of the spin’s name. This should be used in the name of the graphics files for your spin. For example, the ‘Fedora Electronic Lab’ has an abbreviated name of ‘Electronic-lab’, so:
    • It is listed as ‘Electronic-Lab’ in the spins directory on the front page of http://spins.fedoraproject.org
    • Its mini graphic is named: electronic-lab-mini.png
    • Its feature graphic is named: electronic-lab-feature.png
    • Its tagline graphic is named: electronic-lab-tagline.png
  • A tagline for the spin. Here’s some examples from current spins (shorter is better!):
    • KDE: “Be free.”
    • LXDE: “Your desktop, light as air.”
    • ‘FCE: “Speed up your desktop.”
    • Electronic Lab: “An advanced electronic design and simulation platform for micro-nano electronics engineering.”
    • Design Suite: “Open creativity.”