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November 2nd, 2004


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01:49 pm - Mini-update
Wow, it's been far too long since I posted in this journal. That will be remedied soon, I hope; my new resolution is to have Internet at the apartment within the next two weeks. So there.

I voted this morning--there is never parking near my place, and the polls are just two blocks away. Better to walk in the morning light than try and find a parking space or walk in the dark after work. :-P There was a looong line, which I hadn't quite expected. Consequently, I was late to work. Not that I care, considering what a good excuse my civic duty is.

But I will not be watching the results all evening. How boring, when there are things like reruns of CSI that I have not seen? And a book I have yet to finish, and a screenplay plot that needs some work?

Anybody know the cheapest decent graphics program on the market? I cannot afford something like Photoshop right now, but am dying to try my hand at making icons....
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From:kerravonsen
Date:November 2nd, 2004 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Anybody know the cheapest decent graphics program on the market? I cannot afford something like Photoshop right now, but am dying to try my hand at making icons....

Try The Gimp. While it was written and primarily works on Unix (Linux/BSD etc), it has been ported to MS-Windows and Mac OSX, so you should be able to use it whatever computer you run. And it is Free (as in beer) and Free (as in speech). And, while Photoshop users sneer at it, everyone else thinks it's very nifty. 8-)

Yes, I use it myself.

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From:izhilzha
Date:November 14th, 2004 01:40 am (UTC)

hmph

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Well, I've downloaded it. I think. Um. I'm not the greatest at coping with programs that come in, apparently, little peices. Did I miss anything? Which probably sounds silly, but my bro is the programmer, not me. *eyeroll*

Back to the GIMP site to comb through the FAQ again....

any helpful thoughts from you-who-have-used-it are welcome....
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From:kerravonsen
Date:November 14th, 2004 05:33 am (UTC)

Re: hmph

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I'm afraid I can't be much help in the installation department, because I've never installed Gimp on MS-Windows (on Linux it was mucho trivial, just type "apt-get install gimp" and it was there).

But I'll be happy to give any help I can once you've actually got it installed. 8-/

From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 14th, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC)

Re: hmph

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Sarah, did you get a installer package for Windows?

Here's the site with the proper Win installers.
http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html

-JD
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 14th, 2004 09:27 pm (UTC)

Re: hmph

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Also, make sure you get both files on that page, one sets up the runtime environment, and one is the actual program. Both are essential.

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:November 14th, 2004 09:37 pm (UTC)

Re: hmph

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Oh, DUH!

Going back to GIMP site for rest of downloads.... wow, I feel stupid.
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From:izhilzha
Date:November 3rd, 2004 03:33 pm (UTC)

Re: By the way ...

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Whee! Yes, I'm all over free software. Thanks muchly, kerravonsen, I'll let you know how it works for me.

And yymmat - WORD on saving for graphic novels. :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 4th, 2004 09:26 am (UTC)

Re: By the way ...

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And in case you need a quick-n'-dirty free graphics program, for quite a while now I've been using a program called UltraPaint. Probably nowhere near as many features as the PShop clones, but it's good for quick work.

-JD
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From:jd3000
Date:July 18th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Haw. Here I am, being so clever and weird and posting on my flisters' posts from waaay back from before they were actually my flisters, and I find I of the past have already beaten myself to it! Dow!

-JD

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