I had been doing a lot of twitter account setups because I wanted to have twitter accounts dedicated to the many blogs Iâ€™ve put up for AdSense monetization. So since when I was setting up my DummyGeekGurl twitter account, I had reached saturation point for tweaking the design, plus, I wanted the wallpaper background kick-butt in a big way, I decided to put off tweaking the design.
That, and I was pretty sick over the past few days, only to find out that I may really have diabetes (type 2) now. But last night, I felt okay enough to make this kick-butt (in my own not-so-humble opinion) wallpaper for my DummyGeekGurl Twitter.
Yes, I chose mostly reds and pinks. And thatâ€™s because Iâ€™m irritatingly gurly. Frankly, I used to be a blue-loving kid gurl. Then in high school I gravitated to black, then finally, Iâ€™m settled with the color range reds-pinks-purples-offbeat blue hues-orange-lime and olive greens-silver-black. 😀 Other than those colors, Iâ€™m just not into them. :p
To digress, strangely, I would like my house to be mostly white. But thatâ€™s an article for Froodee.
Well, whatâ€™s the techie point of this ramble, you ask?
Well, the point Iâ€™m trying to make is that even a non-graphic artist such as myself can actually create great-looking pieces like that wallpaper above, and these other pics below, using basic image editing tools.
While most go for Adobe Photoshop or Corel Photo-Paint (what are they called nowadays?), I go for…
So Open-Source-y, right?
Well, I guess I like the fact that Iâ€™m using free software, plus itâ€™s so much lighter to use. To make the DummyGeekGurl wallpaper, I had opened more than 10 windows of 100-pixel images, while having the main 800-pixel canvas open also. I also had a few other programs opened, plus I am still on 512MB of RAM.
So imagine how much lighter this is on the system as opposed to Adobe Photoshop.
When I first used Photoshop (CS2), I had to stare at my screen for a while. I had to fumble my way through the interface, because, as my name suggests, Iâ€™m such a dummy.
But not The Gimp. Itâ€™s like a fish to water, thatâ€™s why I was able to create these pieces here. 🙂
Just as a backgrounder, I had first encountered The Gimp on Ubuntu Linuxâ€™s pre-installed apps. I had been using that and Gnu Paint to edit my pictures on my old desktop box, may its carcass rest in pieces.
And I must say, The Gimp for OS X is so much better for dummies than The Gimp for Linux. I wonder why?
But nonetheless, I love my creations… Rehashed through The Gimp for OS X. 😉