Graphic Design for Libraries Series Introduction to GIMP 8 30 2017

All right good morning everyone we're gonna go ahead and get started welcome to the second of our graphic design for libraries webinar series this is intro to GIMP

my name is Courtney Allison and I'm the Southeast Regional Coordinator from the Indiana State Library's Professional Development Office I'll be the host and question moderator for today our presenter this morning is Matthew Stevenson from Pendleton community public library I'd like to start off the webinar with a few announcements this is the second webinar in this three-part series

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good morning everyone last week I was really excited I had three cups of coffee I had three cups of coffee this morning so hopefully I'm just as excited about GIMP as I was about elements of design last week luckily for you guys if there's anything you missed with this I will put up my contact info at the end of this, you can always contact me because I know this is this has got a very steep learning curve

I've been working with GIMP now for about five years and I would by no stretch of the imagination call myself an expert on it I'm completely self-taught when it comes to graphic design but this is the most powerful tool I have at the library, now I have I have Photoshop here at home because I'm doing this from home but GIMP is what I use for graphic design at the library so GIMP, real quick if you are not aware of what that is and you've signed up for this and you haven't looked it up GIMP is a open source image manipulation program

you can find it at GIMPorg I hope everybody can see my screen so GIMP

org is the website that you can find thiswhen you go to download it gives you a couple of options you can download via BitTorrent you can also download directly from them

if you're downloading this at the library I would obviously suggest doing this directly but if you're doing it from home I mean BitTorrent is an option but I wouldn't suggest it now GIMP has been around for a very long time they have been on version 2 now for close to I want to say 7 years now I have never worked with GIMP before version 2, – but they are getting dangerously close to 3 and I don't know what this is gonna look like a year from now

it could be completely different but I do want to let you guys know that 3 might be coming down the pike here soon and when that does come maybe what I'm telling you might be all for naught so I do want to let you know of that so, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you can't go and download previous versions, you can when you go to download there is options to go and find previous versions somewhere in their website so but once again just to let you know

so when you open GIMP for the first time it's going to feel like it takes forever and the reason is is because obviously it came up very quickly for me GIMP does not have access to fonts like Windows programs do so anything in the Office Suite can just access those fonts very quickly the fonts have to be pre-loaded into, like, the GIMP database so when you first load up GIMP it is going to take several minutes ok don't despair, don't worry

that is completely normal it's also completely normal for it to take a very long time to load after you install any fonts so if you were here last week you listened to my going on about fonts and how much I love fonts when I install a font family or set of fonts that I like I usually go about once a month and kind of look through fonts and try to find something I don't have immediately the next time I load GIMP after installing those fonts it takes minutes, so it's

that's completely normal so just be aware that you might feel like it's like locking on you but it's not when you first load up GIMP you will probably be in this mode here which is the trying to

this replicates what Photoshop looks like you have multiple windows and you can have multiple tool box opens tool boxes open I like the single window mode, which that's usually the first thing I do is I go to windows and then I use single window mode

that's just so that I can keep it on one screen I don't have because both of my work and my office at work and also here at home I had two screens so when I go into multiple if I have it not in single window mode I've got things on both screens and I don't like it so this keeps it at one screen it makes it very compact and easy to use

now when you first start with GIMP you have to create a new document or a new picture when you come to create a new image it seems a little you know you have templates here I've created a template here for 4k because I make a lot of things in 4k now just as big as I possibly can because as I said last week you want to make your images and your

and your materials as big as possible and then shrink them down because you can take things that are big, make them small but you can't take things that are small and make them big it's not going to look right now they give you a lot of options and you'll know if you know your paper sizes here they have the a3 a4 a5 that nobody here in America uses that's not a paper expert I think they do have some common resolutions here that you will see, so 1024 by 768 is a common photo frame size it's also a common size for like an old monitor

16 by 12 is a not so common size 1600 by 900 is a common size but 1600 by 1200 is kind of a weird size but they do have here US letter and US legal but they also have CD cover so if you have to make replacement CD covers this is an option for you so real quick I'm going to create US letter and you'll notice that this automatically switches the inches, so here you have a lot of options of how you can work with what sizes the standard is pixels rather than any size with that deal with like measurement as far as inches, millimeters, centimeters, that kind of thing, because pixels typically it's an electronic format

however when you choose that even if you choose like, letter size it still is gonna everything is gonna come up in inches when you try to make something so down here you have to change your standard size to pixels I use pixels if when we kind of show you how to use Publisher in conjunction with this, that's when you can still use inches if you want there's a question about Apple compatibility

this does work on Apple the last time I checked, so yes Apple should be compatible but I will take I will take a check, or I will check for you now just like with Publisher or any other image editor or Word even, you can change your image, you can transform it, so this is your old style before we had the Office ribbon, we used to have file, edit, format

you know it's that kind of thing here we have so under image you can go to Transform and if you need a if you need this

if you need this landscape you would go rotate clockwise and it's going to make it landscape okay so I'm gonna work with landscape real quick and so because I typically make my flyers and things in landscape and I'm making a flyer today just to kind of show you but first things first you have to

when you compile an image into GIMP you are working with layers and layers are images on top of images on top of images and with those images come with we want transparency now transparency is built into formats – the file format PNG which is a photo format it is not in a JPEG okay so I highly suggest that whenever you find your source materials that you try to find them in a PNG format and that reason is is because there's already transparency built into it

it's a lot easier to remove parts aspects of the photo but you can work with JPEGs but it's a little bit more work which I'm going to show you here in a second, so to insert a image into our project here, we have to go to file and then open as layers that's gonna bring up a dialog window basically for just normal open or open file kind of thing and I've got a few things here I was going to show you, so first things first

I got this picture I'm thinking about doing a program or a program at the library about conflict resolution with teens, so I found this photo of Superman and Super Boy kind of staring down Batman and Robin because – real quick – side note if you didn't know, Robin is now Batman's son so this is you know father and sons kind of facing off, now if I turn off this background now you can turn off the layers and not look at the layers with this eyeball over here in this toolbar so I can turn off the background and turn it back on this is how you work with things and if you have trouble looking at multiple things, you can turn them off

that doesn't necessarily mean they go away, they're just not visible right now you change your layout when you go to up to Image and then go to Transform, you can rotate your image however you want, so that's how you do that

okay so we have this white background my goal here is to – I'm sorry if my dogmy dogs are being restless, so you might hear barking if somebody comes up to the door so there's this white background which is going to be a problem so we need to get rid of this white background, and so you can highlight – there are some tools over here that you know – in this toolbar that we're going to use, so this right here, they select by color the reason we don't want to use this is it's going to take out, it's gonna select all the white, so if I close in here on Robin's eye you'll see that it's also highlighted his eye

well I don't want to remove the color of his eye I want it to stay white same thing with Batman's eye, the tool right next to it, it's like a magic wand, it's the fuzzy select tool what this allows us to do is select an area that is contiguous that is of a same color or similar color, and so when I use this tool, do you see how now I I clicked up here in this space up here and you see how Robin's eye is no longer selected? That's what we're looking for here but as you can see here if you areif you look really close you can see that there are darker spots that did not get selected

okay there is something here – inside each tool there is a tool option toolbar that changes whichever tool that you had, so if I choose the paint bucket you can see how the tool options change that's because these options are just for the the Paint Bucket they do not apply to the magic wand or the fuzzy select tool, okay these options here are just for this tool alone

okay if we make changes to this tool, we can always reset it by clicking this button down here this will reset any of these options so if you make a change to your options, don't worry you can always reset it if you mess up, okay or if you go back and you're like, oh I wish I didn'twhat was the default setting? This button down here will change the default option or it will change all of your option not all of your options

whatever option you have selected back to the default okay so here we have a threshold of 15 which means it's looking for certain colors that meet a criteria and if it doesn'tif it's not past a certain threshold or if it doesn't if the colors are past a certain threshold they do not get selected that's why Batman's cowl does not get selected versus this white, okay – but what we're trying to do is we're trying to make sure that all of the whitish gray around the cowl and all that gets selected, okay, this just

when you take when you look at the fine the finer qualities of the photo, if you really pay attention to those things, it does come, it does come out showing and the end result, I think your patrons will appreciate it when they look at things so here I'm going to increase this threshold to about I was testing it earlier

it's like a hundred and two and when I how did I get the tools pinned

the tools are pinned when you go into single window mode, so when you go up to Windows and then go to single window mode, it's going to put all of your toolbars into one single window okay and then you can move your toolbars around, so like here, the tool options, I can put I can bring the tool options around and I could put them anywhere I want I've chosen to have them over here on the left hand side, so it might not necessarily be the same on your setup as it is on mine you'll just have to kind of play around with however comfortable you feel, so I increase the threshold to about a hundred and two and when I use the fuzzy select tool you can see that these darker spots are now selected, but the dark part of the cowl here does not select it, so when I go to delete out this white space it's going to delete off the white space it's gonna leave all the color

that's what I want okay but first because JPEGs do not have transparency so when I go to try to delete this I'm like hitting the Delete key repeatedly you notice that it's not doing anything the reason is because the base color for JPEGs is white

like when you delete out anything it's gonna be white when you delete things out when it's a PNG, it's going to be transparent and transparent is signified with this checkerboard, okay so if I were to print this out right now it would be Batman, Superman, Superboy, Robin, inside a big white space because anything that's transparent is going to be white when you print it on a page because the page is white, because there's just no information there to print what we're doing in here is we want to get rid of this white space we have to give it a layer of transparency so you do that, because we're working with this layer alone

not the image itself but the layer because the layer's the JPEG file we have to go to layer, then to transparency and we're gonna add this alpha Channel alpha channel is transparency, okay as soon as I click that, now when I hit delete that goes away

okay we've added that we've added the ability to have transparency on this layer, and by taking the extra time do you see how there's let me deselect it so you can see

there's a little bit of white around the cowl, it's not so noticeable when you pull back out, but if you are doing like a very large image you might want to take the time and try to get your threshold completely correct because the better you can cut out this image, the cleaner it's going to look okay any questions so far I'm sure there's a million questions but that's why we're recording this you can always go back and kind of re-see or see how I did something again, oh god there's multiple people typing looks good so far

okay all right,now we need a background image so I have found a background yeah layers do retainer image formats so if I put another jpg file into this I need to give it transparency, okay I am going to import another layer so I go open as layers, and I found a open source or a Creative Commons, copy left image

it's a gigantic image so this image is huge so obviously, it's gigantic this is also a JPEG but I'm not going to need transparency for this so I'm not going to worry about it, so you see how this is also JPEG I would also have to add alpha channel to this layer as well, so first things first

I want to resize this layer so that I can see the whole layer or the whole image so when I go to layer because I'm just I'm not changing the project, I'm changing just the layer itself so I go to layer, sorry layer, scale layer and you'll see that this layer is twenty thousand

almost twenty thousand pixels across which is about sixty five inches across I'm not going to use all those I'm, I'm just trying to get, you know I'm just trying to fit it as best as I can so up here you can see how the dimensions of our project; our project is 3,300 by twenty five fifty so that the height is the maximum height we're gonna ever be able to see is twenty five fifty when I go to change it, it's already changed the width in accordance to whatever height I've set, because this keeps the aspect ratio, this chain-link

if I were to unclick that I could independently change the width and the height but when this is connected it's going to keep the aspect ratio together okay, so if I change this to four thousand it's gonna change that number that top number as well, but I just need twenty five fifty it's gonna change the width as well and when I go to scale it's gonna take a little bit of time to scale because it's such a large image, but now we can see the whole image from top as far as the top to bottom we can't see all the way left to right so if I scale out you'll see how wide that image really is

that's okay I don't need the whole image now when I go to move this image around I want to make sure I can keep it keep it from top to bottom and I don't have like a white space at the top or at the bottom so I need to create what's called a guide that kind of keep me on track here, so if I go up here to the image tool or the image bar up here at the top toolbar, go image and then guides, I can create what's called a guide and it will keep everything on track so I need a new guide by percent that's the easiest way to kind of keep things on track here; if I just make one at zero percent that's going to be all the way at the top so you see this blue line that is now all the way across the project; when I move my image it's gonna keep it – I can like lock it to that and now I don't have to worry about it going up and downnow you're probably thinking, okay that's great and all but what happened to Batman and Superman well, they're below this image so if I click, hold, and drag this layer down, that layer goes behind Batman and Superman and now, they're on the top layer, okay

alright so same thing, I I kind of want them at the bottom so I need to create another guide and this time I need a horizontal guide at 100% that's gonna put a guide all the way at the bottom, so now when I click, hold, and drag them around, I can lock them to the bottom wherever I am I kind of want them off centered a little bit alright

so one thing I want to kind of do is I kind of want I don't want them just there it's kind of like the colors don't really work very well, and I want to emphasize certain things about them, and one thing you can emphasize is their logos okay, or in the case of Robin you can do his logo and his mask because his mask is cool and what I'm gonna do is I'm going to make the image black and white but their logos I want to keep color

and this is how we do that it's, it's not hard, it's just, if you don't know if you were to just be like this is not something you could replicate in Publisher; you would have to do this something like this in either Photoshop or GIMP

Okay so what we're going to do, once we have them in the location that we want what we're going to do is I'm going to kind of drag this across so you can see it a little bit better is this layer here, we're going to duplicate how you duplicate a layer is you right click, and then you're gonna click duplicate layer

now we have two of these they're independent of each other okay, all right this top layer, we are going to make black-and-white how we do that is have the top layer selected

the top layer will be the same name of whatever file it is and then at the end it'll say copy; okay what we're gonna do is we're gonna click colors and then we're going to do desaturate; now if you know much about color, there's a lot of ways you can desaturate or make something black and white so here, it's going to remove colors based on lightness; there's also luminosity and you can see the difference between lightness and luminosity – the average will kind of split it half and half I personally like the way luminosity looks because lightness kind of feels like an old television set for some reason whereas luminosity looks like something that's been printed in black and white on purpose so that's what we're going to choose

when I click OK that layer is that black and white the layer that's underneath is color; that's what we want; okay now what we want to do is we're going to create what's called a layer mask; a layer mask, what that allows us to do is essentially paint over top a layer and it's going to allow us to pull the color or pull whatever underneath out over top of it okay so here we're going to right click the black and white layer and we're going to click add layer mask; there's a lot of options – 95% of the time you want this top option

okay now you see there's two different elements to this layer, okay you can pick them independently of each other, okay, so here if I were to start editing this layer or this part of the layer it's going to edit the black-and-white whereas when I start editing this, it's gonna edit the layer mask what we're gonna do is I'm going to take my pencil tool and I want so here you can change your brush here, so when you think about pencils you don't think about brushes pencil is just a way of saying you want a hard edge versus the paintbrush which is not a hard edge; it has a little bit of give to it the pencil; and we want this dark circle here, so brushes, you can download brushes, so if you've ever been on DeviantArt, which you might actually get blocked if you're at some libraries they might have blocked Deviant Art

Deveiant Art has a lot of things you can download for GIMP including brushes, so you can download different kinds of paint brushes, and you can always use this plus and minus sign if you need to see a bigger like photo of what the brush looks like, for some reason there's a green pepper don't know why but there is, but we want this just plain circle; I didn't want any sort of blur to this – now when I go to paint this layer mask, you'll notice that the color pops out – okay, and so this could be a very lengthy process of you know going around trying to paint exactly in the lines the easiest way is to so you have a lot of select tools

we used the fuzzy select tool earlier this is the free select tool, this allows us to kind of trace something and select it so what I'm gonna do here is just simply go along you don't have to try to freehand the whole thing you can click along the path rather than try to like freehand it all the way around and when you click it kind of locks in that placement and then you create a straight line there's other select tools that could do better jobs but this is like the fastest one that you could do to get kind of a clean select of an area; here, so there Superman's crust is selected and when I go to paint over top of it, there it goes, and so now we have Superman's chest as like popped out, now it looks like it, you know

it's gonna pop to the eye toonow I could go around and do the mask and I could do Superboy's crest and Robin's logo and Batman's logo but you've seen how I've done that; I don't need to show you like all of it time – we've got time issues here okay so now for the background layer or for the background, we can change the color of the background

if I go to colors and then colorize; colorize will allow me to adjust the hue; this gives you a lot of options for how you want to change the color; you can do something very similar like this in Publisher this just gives you a little bit more leeway as far as how bright you want the background versus how light, what kind of hue you want, so I kind of like the yellow Did I answer Nolan's question I don't see Nolan's question he asked, how did you get the tools pin to the left and right of the image

the tools pin when we go to single window mode okay if they don't, you have to go into your dockable dialogs and you have to click, hold, and drag things over so I have tool options to the left, so what you would do is if they're not already in your dock, you have to go to dockable dialogs and collect the ones that you need so I have tool options and then trying to think this should come up automatically

if not trying to think there's a way that I did it mm-hmm they should come up automatically after you log in or after you go to single window mode; this should come up on the right hand side if not I'll have to get with him afterward so colors on the background; you can also just – if you don't want to mess with the colorize and like mess stuff up for you know on the hue, saturation, lightness

you can also go colors and then colorfy this is kind of like a one-click option like, kind of – I just want it to be greenI don't care what color green it is, it's green; or I want it just yellow so if you click yellow and then click OK it's gonna just kind of give you the yellow option, if you don't feel like messing with the toggle settings very much so so we're gonna go with that, now the one thing Publisher has over GIMP obviously, and let me bring up Publisher real quick is I could create this same thing if I made these background images and then I could go into

I could take this into Publisher so real quick let me show you how you save this project okay there's two options here if you click Save, or save as you're saving the project the project is an X C F file that is a file format that is for GIMP and so if I save this I

say this a Batman Superman or Batman Wins is what I would call it, but so Batman Superman this is the I now say the project if I close this out and I bring up the project again it's going to retain all of these layers, okay, so that it because projects might take a while especially if you're not necessarily very used to like image manipulation if you're not used to image manipulation, might take a couple days to kind of like figure this stuff out when you are ready to export this file

that's the process of creating an actual image from your project, you have to go to export, okay, that's when you create an image from the project and I have it set to default to PNG file okay, because there's layers of transparency here involved it should default to PNG but there are a multitude of options, okay, but when I create a PNG file from this, it asked me a lot of options here I probably would not mess with any of these options, okay, I mess occasionally with compression level, but you don't have to but when you click export it might take a little bit of time again because it's taking a possibly 60 megabyte file and making it into a two megabyte image; okay

now I have Batman Superman as an image, okay, so I opened up Batman Superman dot PNG and notice here that there are no layers, so this is the difference, okay, this is now an image that I can take and put it into Publisher okay so when I have Publisher open, I go insert pictures, batman/superman, boom there it is okay so if you're really comfortable with Publisher then this is a way to get around that, I also because of the way I work, I don't, I don't print anything from Publisher I just use Publisher to make images and then I print the image from either from GIMP or Paint or anything that can print an image simply because I have found it that printing an image versus printing from Publisher tends to be a little bit clearer as the end result looks a little bit clearer on paper because sometimes when you print from Publisher we at least I have found you can actually see like, the text boxes and things

you can see like the different color variations just a little bit and it's really kind of a thing, so I I save everything as an image from Publisher or from GIMP; print from GIMP or from Paint so what that also means is I don't have to worry about I don't have to worry about margins in Publisher because the margins I can set just be at the printer so I would create this and make it 11 and then a line relative to margin guides, go align Center, align middle that image is an eight-and-a-half by 11 image, which if you are more familiar with Publisher this is where you can start using your text boxes to put in information about the program itself so here I came up with Keep Calm and Deescalate

making sure I spelled correctly or how to stay positive and conflict free and expressing yourself and then you know we all know how to make things bigger and taller and you know how I explained last week when it comes to title fonts, I think you can let your mind go wherever you want when you get down to the Nitty Gritty of information – the font for the where it's at, what time it is, you know, what day it is, that kind of thing, that you need to have maybe only a set handful of fonts building wise, like building wide, a handful of fonts to choose from, so you know your arial times new roman, kind of thing

just so, you know, you want a handful so you have a little bit of options, but you don't want to go crazy because the last thing you want is this font or literally everything on this flyer because it's not gonna work it's not gonna look very good so I could use I could actually use the actual Keep Calm font I think I might have it on here

Keep Calm so that's how you could use Publisher if you want, if you're more comfortable using Publisher I sometimes you know mess around, I sometimes use Publisher lately I've just using been using GIMP to do everything because GIMP can also do text and I have a lot more options with the text on the long run with that so the first thing I would do is create another guide I would do it by percentage and then do a do a vertical

so vertical will 50% we'll put a guide right down the middle of the document or the project and so when I go to type my font here, I'm gonna choose I found a really good font for this earlier in this morning, but you'll see all my crazy fonts and then you know when you're working in a project really big you need to make it like a hundred and twenty font, that's 125 in this font, as I misspell things I won't type the rest then you can obviously just like in Publisher you can change the color of the font, but what's nice about this is when it's all said and done if you say well I really want this font to be in white but I maybe the white doesn't you know look very good, what we can do because the text is a layer is, I copy it onto the

let me see if I can copy/paste as new layer there we go, so here I messed up I put that into the image and not into the project I copied that into the project uh-huh and I need that guide back again

when it comes to when I want to now I can do things with the font that I might not necessarily be able to do otherwise in Publisher so what I can do is go to layer, I can auto crop this layer because the text is just another layer, it doesn't as soon as I crop it or change it in any way it ceases to be text and there's now just an image, okay so here I cropped it it's no longer text, I can manipulate it in any way I want

so first things first, I need to go to layer and then I'm going to layer, to image size, and the reason I do that, what that does is essentially it says, oh this layer is no longer just in the confines of where this white is it is now the whole image size, okay, you can see up here in the clipboard layer there's checkerboard everywhere that's because it has now got transparency everywhere what I want to do is I want to select the light in this layer which is all of the text and now I can make an outline so I could go select border, and I can make a border here of say like three pixels, and now I have an outline and when I paint over top of it I now have an outline okay

your mind can go really wherever you want at this I showed an image let me see if I can find it like this is how I made this logo okay what I did was I took a very very wide large font

I essentially put images behind it I outlined the font itself with black I deleted everything in the middle and then I had the images pop through through the transparency okay that's how I got anime characters to be part of the font

okay now with this there's really not much I can do, because there's a lot of text here and there's no way you could discern anything in the middle, so your best option might be that just do a outline if you have a background that it's not easy to contrast, the other option you could have, and let me go back select none is – you can use filters to kind of get the same effect, so instead of doing an outline you could do something like a drop shadow, and you can do drop shadows by going to filters, light and shadow, and then there's drop shadow and drop shadow is going to put a automatically generated shadow behind the text, so here I can just leave it 4 4 15 you can change the color, so maybe you have a dark background and you want a light

like a white or a blue or something like that that kind of offsets the darker background, so here I could go with like a yellow I don't know how that's going to look it's all about the experimentation here opacity is gonna dictate how dark or how

not how dark but how bold the color is gonna be so I want the color to be a little bit full so I'm gonna go up to like 76 when I click OK it's gonna automatically generate a drop shadow okay I don't really care for that so I can go repeat drop shadow Oh re-show drop shadow and I could change it to black and that makes that white maybe even pop out a little bit bigger or a little bit better so drop shadows work really well and they are easy to create

you don't have to worry about it's basically a one click option the other things you can do to kind of help maybe spruce up your design a little bit, is so like if I go to the background layer here, the yellow stormish background I've got, is if I go to filters I could do artistic filters, so you can do things like clothify or cartoon or apply canvas or oilify what these are gonna do is they're gonna basically use like an algorithm algorithmic way of applying different images and different layers to kind of recreate what it would look like if this image was painted on canvas or what this would look like if it was a cartoon like image or glass tile

what would this look like if you were looking at this through a glass tile so if I do glass tile it's gonna look really kind of weird okay so there are little things you can use there are like one click options, they're there to be used

it's not like PowerPoint transitions you don't have to worry about I guess it's kind of like PowerPoint transitions in that you don't want to go crazy with it, but when utilized properly it can be really, really done well, so little things you can do too you can do blur so maybe you have an image that if you have a too sharp of a background that it's not contrasting well or bouncing well with the foreground you can do a Gauzian blur on the background and what that does is it just makes it

it makes it look like it's like you're looking through like a little translucent or transparent or translucent, you know image you know or something like that so the bigger you make that Gauzian blur the more it's going to blur, so if I go to like 20, it's gonna be a lot more blurred than at five say, so there we actually have a blur now it might actually make the foreground kind of offset

okay does anyone have any questions so far what learning materials did you use GIMP actually has

if you are let me see let me pull up if you go to the GIMP webpage they have some tutorials on their website they're actually really good about just kind of getting you started

you can do like black and white conversion they kind of show you like how black and white works, and taking a black and white photo and making it color, is a little bit different I found some tutorials on line that have really worked but YouTube when I first started, YouTube didn't have a whole lot of tutorials because there weren't so many great or easy tools out there for, I think people to record their screens, but now there are so many options out there from OBS and whatnot that people can record their screens and do tutorials at the same time there are a lot of really good YouTube videos out there

there are some really bad ones too the big thing is is like don't let your don't think that you're limited by really anything anything you want to do with an image

there is a will and a way to do ityou just have to kind of find the right method for a long time I did probably the wrong methods of doing things and they probably took a lot longer they had some really quick shortcuts that I know now but that just came over time I was like there's got to be a faster way to do this

I'm just kind of learning how to do it I can do I could show you a sample anime text how I did all that vocabulary too – if you know what it's called it's easier to find out how

really you know because we're all librarians or we're, you know library professionals, or paraprofessionals we all like kinda understand how they, like, reword things and find synonyms for things so there there's, that we have ways of finding other ways of saying things this was a tutorial that I found kind of helpful so I did a project way back

this is the exact tutorial I found, or that I used to do it, but let me open it's very creepy now that I look at it but we had a Mary Todd Lincoln presenter and I one of the things I wanted to do is I wanted to do something a little bit different with how to do essentially the flyer I wanted the flyer to look a lot different

sorry that's like half and half here but this is a tutorial and I'll add this to have Courtney send this out to everyone that says how to take a black and white photo and essentially make it a colorized photo because this could be a really helpful thing if you have historical programs, it makes things look different so here they took a black and white photo looks like from the Great Depression and they colorized it

and so if you colorize things in a certain way not necessarily colorizing everything, but certain things make it really stand out and kind of can kind of spruce up your graphic design in that way because one thing I was having trouble with is, we were having a lot of historical programs and, well, you you could use a lot of black and white photos which are not necessarily pleasing to the eye but if you colorize them in a certain way or give it a touch of color, and it's kind of like, you know, we, a lot of people have seen, like, Schindler's List; that has that effect you know when you see color in a black-and-white image it it kind of takes you back and attracts your eyenot that I'm equating the emotional heft of that movie versus a flyer that you might make, but it does attract the eye and it does make people pay attention to certain elements that they might not have paid attention to otherwise when something is just black and white

so I've seen different things people have done I've seen people I've seen people take like a black-and-white photo of a baby's hand in their hand and they colorize the baby's hand but left their hand black and white people taking colorized photosor taking black and white photos and coloring them and similar to what we did here with Batman of Superman is taking a colorized photo making it black and white and then emphasizing certain colors in the photo itself

can be a really kind of powerful tool so what I'll do is, I will email Courtney to send an email out to you guys of different YouTube channels of different YouTube videos of things that I've watched over the years as well as different tutorials that were really super helpful to me, just kind of figuring out different ways of of doing things around GIMP, because GIMP has changed over the years, so some of the things I've learned over the years has changed over time I'll also add different so you can add filters to GIMP

one of the filters I've used in the past let me bring up the I showed this last week so this this was you know, three years ago

three and a half years ago now I downloaded a filter that made James Alexander Thom into a drawing, so I didn't have to go in and hand draw him not that I would, I guess I wouldn't have done it but that was not a pre built-in tool in GIMP I had to download that filter and that tool to get that effect

so what I'll do is I'll also include some of those links as well you might have to have administrator access at your library to be able to do it but that is an option as well so does anybody let's see you said you use GIMP and Photoshop I find myself using GIMP for certain things and Photoshop for other things

Photoshop is really easy to create animated images so GIFS and that kind of thing with Photoshop there's a lot more options when it comes to that I find some things that just be easier to do in GIMP like I found myself like doing things in Photoshop, I'm like well, what takes me five minutes to do in Photoshop I can do in 30 seconds in GIMP just because I have a lot more experience with it there are books out there so that might be an option

if you have if you have the ability to purchase that at your library or if you can you know have somebody purchased that at your library that might be option as well as the find a book the number of books about GIMP are gonna be a lot smaller the number of books is going to be a smaller number than books about Photoshop just because Photoshop is so prevalent in professional usage so welllike as always let me put up my information so people can

I'll bring up that and guys just a reminder hang on until the end of the presentation so you can get your LEUI'm gonna put that up on the screen in just a second all right so real quick here is my information, so you can email me or call me as always and I will try to get back to you I had a couple people emailed me from last week and I got back to them I think either that day or the day after because I work the evening shift so I typically

if I don't get your question if you get your question in the morning I usually see it in the afternoon if you but I have a lot of programming so I if I get to it the next day so

well thank you guys for attending today and I hope to see some of you