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The GIMP is a graphics program that's considered in many ways equivalent to Adobe Photoshop. Many don't consider The GIMP the friendliest program on the planet, but at the very least, it has enough features to keep you busy experimenting for weeks! To open The GIMP:

The GIMP may not already be installed. In Linspire and Xandros in particular, you might need to use what you learned in Chapter 12 to add this software before you can use it.

I Fedora: Choose ApplicationsOGraphicsOGIMP Image Editor.

I Knoppix: From the main menu, choose GraphicsOGIMP Image Editor.

I Linspire: From the main menu, choose ProgramsOMultimedia & DesignO CNR MoreOGIMP, which is installed under Multimedia & Design.

I Mandrake: From the main menu, choose MultimediaOGraphicsOThe GIMP v2.

I SuSE: From the main menu, choose GraphicsOImage Editing. I Xandros: Choose LaunchOApplicationsOGraphicsOGIMP Image Editor.

When you start The GIMP for the first time, you have to walk through its user setup routine. Fortunately, you can just click Continue each time, unless you're a graphics guru who has a particular reason to want to do things in a different way. After you've clicked past all these dialog boxes, a collection of one or more dialog boxes pops up containing the GIMP main dialog box (see Figure 18-6) plus additional tool dialog boxes. I recommend closing all but the main one for now, just to keep your screen and brain uncluttered.

Figure 18-6:

The GIMP's main dialog box in Mandrake 10.1.

Figure 18-6:

The GIMP's main dialog box in Mandrake 10.1.

The GIMP is an incredibly complex program, with entire books written for the people who really want to use it heavily. Great starter links for working with The GIMP are i GIMP Tutorials Pointer Page: http://empyrean.lib.ndsu.nodak. edu/~nem/gimp/tuts i RRU GIMP Tutorial: www.rru.com/~meo/gimp/Tutorial

i The official GIMP.org site's tutorials page: www.gimp.org/tutorials/

i The GIMP Savvy Web site (with a full book available for reading online): http://gimp-savvy.com/

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