Hmmm… Change could be in the air tonight

Wasn’t there a song with a similar title? I think it was Love in the air tonight, or something. Not sure.

Anyway about two weeks ago I stumbled across The Gimp. Now I’ve known about it for a few years now but never really paid it much attention. Well that was until two weeks ago. After downloading it I gave it a test drive. My first impression was that it wasn’t Photoshop, that’s for sure. But after a few mess arounds one starts to realise that this is in fact a diamond in the rough. With it only being on version 2.6 (The legendary PS on 14 now I think?) it is definitely going to be to be a strong contender in the years to come with digital art.

Let’s just say that it impressed me so much that I set off to seek out more of this ‘Open Source’ world. My next adventure moved on to Inkscape. I am by nature a vector fan and love messing around in Illustrator. So this was even more interesting to test. Man was I blown away. Obviously I had to stumble my way around trying to associate myself with the layout and how the tools operate, but once that was done it was easy to create and manipulate nodes to my hearts desire. The thing that really amazed me is the fact that they have somehow integrated a better blurring function… That’s right. I said better. It works so well that you have to fight of the urge to use the raster effect if you intend to use the design for more traditional vector uses.

These two applications impressed me so much that I even moved on to yet another adventure. Open source OS. Yip, I went out and got myself a copy of Linux. Linux Fedora 10 to be exact. Now I did a total noob thing in this adventure. I basically did no research and had no idea that there are a number of distros you can choose from. Oh well… You learn faster by making a mistake I guess. So now I have to teach myself another OS (I despise Windows in general and am an Apple fan by heart) that is as open source as you can get I guess. I’m still finding my way around and sorting things out on the installation. So I can’t really give much of an opinion on the OS just yet. But I will be in the near future.

In the mean time here is a little icon experiment I did.

coffeecup_icon_bykolorguild

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