If GIMP is so good, why does everyone use Photoshop? It's a fair question, given the fact that GIMP is so often heralded by open source enthusiasts. GIMP is a free photo editing software often cited as the best open source image editing software on the planet. An offshoot, Gimpshop, features a user interface that mimics the appearance and terminology of Photoshop – and it's also free. Why doesn't everyone use it instead?
First, I make no argument against GIMP as a world-class image editor. What's more, I have no problem whatsoever with open source – I'm also an enthusiast and have promoted GIMP in dozens of posts. What I do wonder is, when the free GIMP is arguably every bit as powerful as the $700 Photoshop, why doesn't everyone just use GIMP?
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Have you ever wanted to turn your favorite photos and subjects into comic-like scenes and characters? You can achieve fun comic book effects for your photos with a few tweaks in Photoshop, as described by the following 10 comic book Photoshop tutorials. Pow!
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This is a guest post by Tiago Veloso, the founder of Visual Loop, a collaborative digital environment for everything related to information design and data visualization. He lives in Brazil, and you can connect with him online on Twitter.
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When it comes to photography, London is not just the sum of an incredible array of topics, but a precious hub for displaying the results. So, with long nights and cozy interiors, November seems to be a favorable time to visit exhibitions. Here’s two of them.
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Want to add a bit of magic on your graphic designs? Try the following tutorials that will help you inject magical visual effects to your artwork.
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A few days ago I was passing by the National Portrait Gallery in London. Two impressive queues were going round the corners of the building. It was sunny and just minutes to 10 am when the gallery opens. In London, it’s normal to have people queuing to visit an exhibition. And it has nothing to do with the sun. They would have opened their umbrellas.
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This is the article that had to be written. The one that gave us no choice. Even though the majority of our readers wouldn't ever commit the grievous sins on this list, the sheer magnitude of the problem compels something to be written about it.
This is the culmination of millions upon millions of agonized groans of frustration as users continue every day to discover new depths of the abyss. Terrible has become the new normal, and something must be done about this. Consider the article you are now reading as one small step towards creating a better world for us all. We can only hope…
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It is an undeniable fact – highlighted in 2004 ‘Content' by Rem Koolhaas too – that ‘shape is easy'. It is recognisable; works with our subconscious; and in the case of Platonic solids like cubes shape is also a philosophical notion with numerous connotations – starting from symmetry and regularity; stretching as far as our reflections take us. Cubes in particular are also ‘easy' to build but we believe their importance in architects' minds stays on the abstract plane. There seems to be a certain inherent relationship between cubes' geometry and the notions of perfection and clarity of structure. Thus, it is close to the highest honour among buildings to be cube-shaped, conspicuously derivative of cubes, or at least bear a cube name.
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