Monday, 25 August 2014

Tell me Why are YOU not Using Gimp??? Have you ever SEEN the Brushes you can use?

If you only ever did one thing with Gimp, it would still be worth a fortune for cutters and crafters out there.
Why? Well, apart from the fact that it is fully functioning Free software (no I don't get paid by them, or anyone else) it provides you with a non stop, amazing source of free images for you to use and cut, no matter if you use Windows or a Mac.  If you are a Photoshop or Corel Photopaint user you know all about this and will be happy to ignore this but for the uninitiated, the following may be a bit of an eye opener.

How?  Brushes, that's how. Forget any ideas you have of 'hair' brushes - you know the ones with handles that you paint with, these are brushes only in that they are tools. Once a brush is selected in Gimp, you can 'dab' it just to get one image or drag it to create strokes. As in wet painting, you can change colours, size etc.

Look at the examples here, from Brushlovers.com


Weren't expecting those, were you?  Now who wouldn't like to be able to use thousands of free images like that in their card making or other crafty projects, hmm?  Some are non conditional, some are for personal use only.

Now before someone says that these are Photoshop brushes, let me tell you that Gimp 2.8 accepts those quite happily, thank you very much, without having to alter them in any way.  All you have to do is find the folder where the software stores the brushes and drop them in.

So how do you use these magnificent creatures?  Open Gimp, open a new file (choose the size page you want). Pick the brush tool and double click on it, choose the brush you want and click on the page.  Change the size if you can't see it because it is too small or make it smaller if you want, it really doesn't matter. Go to File, Export and export it as a PNG to your desktop or wherever you want it.
Open it in Studio just as you would any other image and do what you want with it. If you want to cut it, all you need do is trace it as usual.

It really is that easy, if you can copy and paste you can do this, if you use Studio, you are quite capable of doing this.

Now, a note for Mac users.  The folder that Gimp uses to store the brushes is one of the 'hidden' files on your system.  IF, like me, this annoys you, it is possible to create a new folder on say your desktop which is more accessible - but you must tell the software (under preferences/folders/brushes) where to find it and restart the software. This would be for your downloaded brushes only, the system ones should not be altered at all.
Here is the video on how to make a new file path. Oh yes, in my video, I clicked on the wrong brush to start with, that's why I didn't get the result I was expecting at first! I blame my glasses.  Note to self, need to see optician...

If you are not confident in doing this  just show this page to a techie teenager and they can probably do it for you!  So what are you waiting for?  Don't be a wimp, get Gimp!



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