B5 Changing the Desktop Background

Now that your home folder window is all gussied up (or gaudied up, depending on your aesthetic sense of things), you may feel that your desktop looks rather drab in comparison. Changing the desktop background (often called wallpaper) is easily achieved by right-clicking any open space on the desktop and selecting Change Desktop Background in the popup menu. This will bring up the Desktop Background Preferences window (see Figure 7-9). As you can see, the default wallpaper in Ubuntu is called...

Getting Arty with the GIMP

The Windows and Mac worlds may have Photoshop, but the Linux world has the GIMP. While arguably not as powerful as Photoshop, the GIMP is a capable contender, which may explain why it has been ported over to both Mac and Windows. The GIMP allows you to create bitmap graphics and, quite importantly, retouch or completely doctor image files. With the GIMP you can get rid of red-eye in your digital photos, airbrush out unwanted shadows (or even facial blemishes), give your image a canvas texture,...