Images For Web

So we’ve heard all about optimizing images online if you look back at just a few of our previous blogs it is something that we’ve seen a need for, and most of these are free source online image optimizing and editing websites, and these are all great! Really! But no doubt it does pose one or two issues, mainly in the matter of convenience; you need to always be connected to the web, and need to have a reasonably fast connection so as you don’t end up red faced due to the pace of you images uploading.

So we found it, a free source program that you can download onto your computer, much like Photoshop minus the flashy price tag. It goes by the name of Gimp.

Gimp.org

I know, I know, but name aside GIMP, or GNM Image Manipulation Program is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has loads of capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image rendered, an image format converter, etc.. sounds fancy right?

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

One of the most common uses for GIMP, is to prepare images for web sites. This means that images should look as nice as possible while keeping the file size as small as possible. This step-by-step guide demonstrates how to create small files with minimal loss of image quality, as mentioned in our previous blogs.

Enough talk, let’s get it

So now I’m sure you just can’t wait to get your hands on this little piece of program right here, we could let you wander around the site to try and find it, but that would be mean, this link right here www.gimp.org/downloads will take you right where you want to be, and you can quite easily click download button, this will take you to another website called source forge, make sure you DON’T PRESS ANYTHING, when you download off the net it will try and get you with all these big green DOWNLOAD me buttons, but don’t, your download has already started and should appear don the bottom of your browser.

Here we just press your download at the bottom of the browser and run it.

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Here you just set up your language, and click the install button, and wait for the green bar to be done!

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Now just go to your new found icon in your start menu, this looks a little like dog with a paint brush in his mouth.

This will open up a few little windows like shown below.

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Now it’s just a matter of turning your swanky images into something you can upload to web, so have a little explore of of GIMP read the user manual you can download www.gimp.org/downloads look for the one in your language, have a good old read of it, and check out this link too docs.gimp.org/en/ Gimp Using Web this steps you through how to export your lovely images for web. docs.gimp.org/en shows you through all those little things you need to know, Compressing images, crop an image, rotate an image right into all the harder stuff! We strongly suggest you take a look.

So windows paint not doing the trick? Photoshop a little too out of your reach? GIMP.