12-22-2006, 01:26 AM
I downloaded GimpShop (Windows version), and I am trying to figure out how I can upload a photo and edit it. The problem is, I cannot figure out how to even download/open one of my own pics to edit.
And also, I try clicking on the "help" icon but it keeps saying that "the Gimp help files are not installed. Check your installation". I don't know how I could've missed a downloading step. [ ? ]
Unfortunately, I am a computer illiterate damsel. Any help?
01-02-2007, 12:43 AM
The Gimp or any derivative does not come with help files installed, they are installed in a separate package. The guys who hacked GimpShop to make it more "usable" than The Gimp neglected to add the help files to the end product, they also neglected to add links to any documentation on their webpages (thus scoring nil points for useability)
This is what I'd do
install The Gimp for windows from http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/
visit The Gimp website at http://www.gimp.org where you'll find loads of documentation/tutorials and other useful stuff
have a read of Grokking the Gimp (http://gimp-savvy.com/BOOK/index.html), as it is a very useful tutorial
The Gimp interface can be a little bit daunting as all the different views aren't contained in one window, but this actually makes it easier to use. You can install a plugin to make The Gimp appear windows-esque but it doesn't really make much of a difference
To get started go to the main window (has "the GIMP" in the title bar), select file/new and away you go.
The Gimp can handle most graphic files (even Photoshop), but be sure to save unfinished work in the XCF format in order to keep layers/channels/paths information. Finished work can be saved in PNG/GIF/JPG......
01-02-2007, 01:52 AM
Gimp is simple once you get the hang of it.
to open an image to edit. load up gimp, then file>open
or to creat a new blank document
and then to open a pic as a layout you go file>open as
Just PM and I can walk you through it. I used gimp for a year or so. I got pretty good with it.