What is GIMP?
GIMP is a free open source program. Programmers from all over the world collaborated to make a photo editing program similar to Photoshop.
As a developer of “how to” blog posts, I use it multiple times a week to illustrate various points.
Where can I get GIMP?
You can go to a website such as UberDownloads and download a free copy of GIMP. Disclaimer: I found two major disadvantages to downloading the free version:
- I don’t know if UberDownloads even existed when I first downloaded the program. However, when I downloaded a free version, it somehow came with lots of advertising that took me hours to purge from my system.
- By searching online and experimenting, it took me hundreds of manhours to develop the level of expertise I have now. PhotoEditorX comes with a large numbers of tutorials that will teach you how to do just about anything you want to do with GIMP.
For those reasons, I suggest you
- Go to the PhotoEditorX website,
- Scroll all the way to the bottom and
- Click the Download Now Button.
You can buy it for $47 USD. Not only do you get GIMP, but you get a large number of tutorials that will teach you how to get the most out of GIMP.
How to add identical borders to either side of a picture
If you decide to skip PhotoEditorX and download a free version, here are a few things to help you.
Sometimes you will want to centre a picture within another rectangle. I had to do that yesterday when I was writing an article called How to Insert Social Media Icons Into Email. When I first pasted 4 social media icons into the post, they were all touching and it looked unprofessional.
I decided to add a 5 pixel bar to each side of each logo. So, here’s what I did using GIMP:
- Went to Image > Scale Image and changed the height of each icon to 50 pixels. This meant that, for instance, the Twitter logo was now 61 px wide.
- The toolbox showed that the background colour was white. For the Twitter logo, I had to make a white rectangle that was 50 px high and 71 px wide. I went to File > New to do that.
- I clicked on the Twitter logo to select it, pressed Cmd C to copy it into the clipboard and then pressed Cmd V to paste it into the white rectangle. Because GIMP automatically centres images pasted into a rectangle, the bar on either side was 5 pixels wide. I clicked on the outer edge of the new rectangle to anchor the logo. Alternately, I could have right-clicked in the Layers panel and clicked Anchor Layer.
To show you the final product, I wanted it to have a black border so that it would look more artistic. The image with the white bars on each side is 71 px x 50 px.
So, I changed the background colour to black and decided to add 2 px to the width and the height. I created a 73 x 52 px black rectangle and pasted the Twitter logo into it. I right click in the Layers panel and selected Anchor Layer.
The result is the Twitter image you see above.
Go to a free tutorial on how to get started.