Two years ago I spent about two or three weeks playing around with GIMP over Christmas break; I think this is really the best way to learn the basics of the program. I did a walk through of Ascension's Atlas style Tutorial (which Gidde had done a GIMP conversion for), and this gave me some good practice. I'd recommend doing something similar: find a tutorial that you like and then just practice running through it a couple of times in GIMP. Anyway, hope you enjoy yourself.
I downloaded Gimp the other night but have not yet gotten into it to start practicing... but I got all winter free so who knows how long that's going to take to learn
Well it's great to see another fellow OPer here at the Guild! This is such a great community by the way, I knew literally nothing about digital map making, or about digital art for that matter, before coming here. The good people here helped to get me on my way though. I hope that you enjoy this community as much as I do. Let me know if you have any questions about anything.
Greeting arsheesh, I decided it was time to start trying to make a few maps and what do you know I see a name i recognize form the Portal