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Nathan Graham Holloway
01-27-2013, 06:01 PM
I've got Gimp on my computer ready to use for my first map. Does anyone have any pearls of wisdom to kick start me off?

Kier
01-27-2013, 08:14 PM
Layers are your friend.

Backup frequently and often.

Keep several backup versions going after each major session.

Korash
01-27-2013, 09:18 PM
and check out the Tutorials section :)

Jaxilon
01-29-2013, 12:54 AM
Save often. Nothing is more frustrating than having your software crash and loosing all your hours of work. Save often, use incremental names if you are worried about loosing something.

As mentioned understand layers.

Look up the tutorials for Gimp. Off the top of my head look up Torstan, RobA and Arsheesh as they all have great tutorials. They aren't the only ones but I'm not steering you wrong.

One of the best things in my opinion is to learn how to use layer masks. See jfrazierjr's tutorial on masks (http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/3143-%5Baward-winner%5D-explanation-layer-masks-gimp-ps.html) as understanding how to do this will save you pain in the long run. It took me a while to see the value but it's so worth it.

Have fun and don't give up. I had never done anything digitally when I started using Gimp and it was maddening not being able to craft what I knew I could do on paper but I just kept at it. It may take a while but eventually you will be able to make the software sing under your hands.

codonell
01-29-2013, 12:49 PM
Have fun and don't give up. I had never done anything digitally when I started using Gimp and it was maddening not being able to craft what I knew I could do on paper but I just kept at it. It may take a while but eventually you will be able to make the software sing under your hands.

You could also start with a hand drawn map, scan it, and start working with it in gimp. You need not start with a blank canvas :-)

Jaxilon
01-29-2013, 06:52 PM
That's pretty much what I had to do at the start but my skillset/ability was really lopsided.

Kier
01-29-2013, 07:31 PM
Right there with you all. I can draw by hand, but not with a mouse yet, and the tablet isnt cutting it yet either, all though I think its a pretty cheap tablet anyways I believe.

Sorpaw
02-07-2013, 06:11 PM
I hear you. I created a plan in CC*/DD* and I am trying to learn how to use GIMP right now. Boy, is there a learning curve! Oh, for an hour of specific instruction!! Good luck and keep with it!

Sorpaw

jfrazierjr
02-07-2013, 10:23 PM
One of the best things in my opinion is to learn how to use layer masks. See jfrazierjr's tutorial on masks (http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/3143-%5Baward-winner%5D-explanation-layer-masks-gimp-ps.html) as understanding how to do this will save you pain in the long run. It took me a while to see the value but it's so worth it.

hmm.. normally, I would not want to puff up the ego of the lout that wrote that tutorial, BUT... I have to agree with Jax's assessment above. In my opinion, layer masks are the most critical feature in GIMP to learn and put into use as soon as possible. With that said, it may take several read-throughs and lots(for some it may be days and for others it may be weeks or even months) of playing with layer masks to really "get it", but once you DO, it's (in my opinion) like that moment when you were told you just won the lottery(or win a part in a movie with your favorite actor/director/franchise, or get to be onstage with your favorite band during a concert, or whatever really gets you going.... Of course, I am quite a bit of a geek and more than a bit odd.. so perhaps others will just think I am overstating the importance...)

Sir Wulf
02-09-2013, 03:53 AM
Could you point me toward online information about the GIMP, particularly for beginners? I could especially use some sort of crib notes for accomplishing various tasks so I wouldn't have to look the information up in the middle of something else.

Jacktannery
02-09-2013, 07:24 AM
I PMd this to Sorpaw the other day:

GIMP Manual: (refer here when stuck) GNU Image Manipulation Program (http://docs.gimp.org/2.8/en/)
GIMP Tutorials: (start here to get the basics) GIMP - Tutorials (http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/)
Best Cartographers Guild Gimp tutorial ever!!! (work through this whole thread all the way - the most crucial bit is posted half-way through the thread):
http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/3143-%5Baward-winner%5D-explanation-layer-masks-gimp-ps.html
Cartographers Guild Gimp tutorial (advanced!): http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/19007-robas-artistic-regional-map-gimp-tutorial-revised-presentation.html (original thread here: http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/1142-%5Baward-winner%5D-using-gimp-create-artistic-regional-rpg-map.html)

Sorpaw
02-10-2013, 03:59 PM
Save and practice. Check out the tutorials. It is worthwhile to do exercises to familiarize yourself with terminology. As far as crib sheets go, TAKE NOTES as you go! I have not seen a good crib note site for GIMP 2.8, but start your own at least so that you can replicate your steps! Good luck - - I am doing much the same thing!

;)

Sorpaw

Colinisok
03-08-2013, 07:19 PM
I know this kind of goes without Saying but.

Learn your hotkeys! Try to use Gimp with only your keyboard to select tools and options. Saves so much time