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Tips on graphic design for the total newbie without photoshop

So Monica gave me the idea to share how I've done my "minimalist" graphic design on my paper (and elecctronic) products. A bunch of this info is in my bio but all over the place, but here is some help for those of you who don't own photoshop and don't really know anything about this stuff.

I did all my paper products using Gimp (which is a free program very much like photoshop) and a free palm tree "brush" (aka stamp) I found on the internet (it's literally like an electronic stamp that you can resize in many different sizes and put whatever colors you want).

Here are links to everything in case you'd like to copy. I recommend you google for "free photoshop brushes"  or "free photoshop brushes palm tree" if you are looking for other palm trees (or insert a description of what you're looking for. I found very pretty orchid brushes for instance). Even though they say they are "photoshop brushes," they will still install/work on Gimp, so it doesn't matter. But that will give you the most hits and there are a million out there (i spent days finding the right one).

Here's the link to the programs:
Gimp (Photoshop like program) - http://www.gimp.org/
Palm Tree Stamp/Brush that I used  - http://qbrushes.net/nature/palm-trees-photoshop-brushes/
Script font I used -- Cygnet Round, free font from: http://www.fonts4free.net/cygnet-round-font.html
Other font used: Century School Book - http://www.font-zone.com/download.php?fid=2166
(just google "free fonts" and you'll get a bagillion hits :)

The harder part of all this is actually committing to something. I decided that the more minimalist (less colors, less stuff, more whitespace) the more likely it was going to look "cool" (and that people woulnd't notice I did it :)

HTH someone!

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    bluebookbluebook member
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    edited December 2011
    So Monica gave me the idea to share how I've done my "minimalist" graphic design on my paper (and elecctronic) products. A bunch of this info is in my bio but all over the place, but here is some help for those of you who don't own photoshop and don't really know anything about this stuff.

    I did all my paper products using Gimp (which is a free program very much like photoshop) and a free palm tree "brush" (aka stamp) I found on the internet (it's literally like an electronic stamp that you can resize in many different sizes and put whatever colors you want).

    Here are links to everything in case you'd like to copy. I recommend you google for "free photoshop brushes"  or "free photoshop brushes palm tree" if you are looking for other palm trees (or insert a description of what you're looking for. I found very pretty orchid brushes for instance). Even though they say they are "photoshop brushes," they will still install/work on Gimp, so it doesn't matter. But that will give you the most hits and there are a million out there (i spent days finding the right one).

    Here's the link to the programs:
    Gimp (Photoshop like program) - http://www.gimp.org/
    Palm Tree Stamp/Brush that I used  - http://qbrushes.net/nature/palm-trees-photoshop-brushes/
    Script font I used -- Cygnet Round, free font from: http://www.fonts4free.net/cygnet-round-font.html
    Other font used: Century School Book - http://www.font-zone.com/download.php?fid=2166
    (just google "free fonts" and you'll get a bagillion hits :)

    The harder part of all this is actually committing to something. I decided that the more minimalist (less colors, less stuff, more whitespace) the more likely it was going to look "cool" (and that people woulnd't notice I did it :)

    HTH someone!
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    edited December 2011
    thanks i really needed something like this!!!
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    edited December 2011
    you are amazing! thank you!
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    twinkle82576twinkle82576 member
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    edited December 2011

    Thanks for this! I have Gimp, so I'm going to try playing around with it.

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    edited December 2011
    Oh wow this is freaking awesome!

    I'm going to toy with it and start doing my menu and programs, thanks for the info!!!!
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    edited December 2011
    Wow, I'd never heard of Gimp. Sounds like a great photoshop alternative!
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    atizonatizon member
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    edited December 2011
    thanks for the info :)

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    edited December 2011
    yay, I've been dying for something like this - thanks!! :)
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