Christmas postcards with the GIMP

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While I am still waiting for the information I need aboutthe legal issues of making MP3s out of your CDs,I didn't want to sit here in silence and eat all thepandoro I can get.So I'd like to help you create your own Christmas/New Year's card withthe GIMP

First of all, get a suitable image to work on. I had one handy: mychild in his bath with a foam beard that made him look so similar to Santa Claus.

Scaling your postcardScaling your postcard

If you took it with your digital camera it wouldbe probably too big and heavy to comfortably fit into an email message,so the first thing to do is to scale it. I recommend to keep the widerside at 600 pixels, but 400 would be definitely better.

GIMP's toolboxGIMP's toolbox

After that, select the text tool button in the GIMP's toolbox; finda nice typeface, a pretty color and an appropriate size, click on theimage and write the text. If you don't like anything in the textattributes (say: the typeface) you can change it and have the textautomatically reflect the change.

Merry Christmas and happy new year!Merry Christmas and happy new year!

That's all! There's nothing else to do, and nothing else to say. May this newupcoming year be the best one you ever lived!

Best Wishes




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Is gimp only available on linux machines? Thats cool, but how do you get better looking font text. Was looking for something to make a Valentines day card design. Nice tut.

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GIMP is available from the website, in source and in binaries for a lot of platforms:

* GNU/Linux
o Debian testing (deb)
o Debian unstable (deb)
o Fedora Core 3 (RPM)
o SuSE 9.2 (RPM)
o Gentoo Portage
o Slackware
* FreeBSD
* Sun Solaris
* Windows.
* MacOS X

If your favourite OS is in the list, just go to and pick it up.


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Born in 1971, Marongiu graduated in applied mathematics in 1997; he's now a full-time system administrator for a well known software company in Oslo, Norway. He's also a Perl programmer and technical author and lecturer by passion.
Marongiu has been a Debian User since version 1.1.10 and he helped found the GULCh Linux Users Group (Gruppo Utenti Linux Cagliari), the first one in Sardinia.