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Hey there #visitor, my name is Beulah (xxloveholic) and I'm so glad you're here - welcome to Collograph! Collograph offers you a GIMP guide/tutorial using GIMP 2.6. I hope you find my site helpful!
First ever on Neopets comes a GIMP 2.6 tutorial that takes you through each step one by one with visual images so that you can see exactly what needs to be done.
I know I'm not the best at graphic designing but I enjoy sharing I've learned and love to do to those who also want to learn and improve.
If you don't see a tutorial up here that you would like to see or have a question about an existing tutorial, then send me a quick mail and I'll try to get back to you as soon as I can. If you have a question, don't be afraid to ask and I'll try my best to answer it or direct you to who can.

What is GIMP?

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. GIMP is an image editing/manipulation software that's distributed for free. Using this program will allow you to retouch and edit images as well as create small animated GIFs.
GIMP is a great step up from using MS Paint and it's simple to use if you, like myself, are interested in image manipulation.

Why GIMP?

GIMP shows many advantages such as it's simple enough to learn for anyone, less advanced/complex. For me, PS and CS are much too expensive. Those are just somethings some people can't afford. It may not be the best like PS, CS and so, however, GIMP is very capable and can satisfy most needs as Photoshop would. GIMP is also good source for online images, but not the best for printable(although some may oppose)
so all-in-all---GIMP an open source application, that is distributed for free, has all the power, features and capabilities that GIMP does is amazing.
GIMP can be downloaded at gimp.org and is safe and free for everyone

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Beginners' Tip

What to save your image as

PNG: Best when used on the internet and good for transparent and high quality images)

GIF: Best when used on the internet. (Good for animations also good for graphics

XCF: Not usable for the internet. I found this to be only found in GIMP; it saves as a GIMP file. You can go back to this image and continue editing where you left off. However, you can not undo any actions after you have closed and re-opened the image.

Scaling/Shrinking your image

Compare these images below.

See the difference? Yes, one is closer the other is not. But take a good look again at the pictures...the left image looks squished (not cool, unprofessional and not very attractive).
If you want to make your image more professional you would need to do a few things. First, see what your looking for (ask yourself: do I really need that part of the image, can the image do without that part, can I see the main point of the picture). Perspective. What is eye-catching to you and your audience?
In the image I used you can see that in both images the subject (the Wocky) is running in a flower field and you still can see the clear, blue sky.
You don't really need everything in the picture, you can crop the image and still have the same perspectives.
If you already have a set banner size, take your image making sure when you scale it down that your lock is locked.

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