GIMP and its Infinite Options

At this point there is no reason to pay for expensive image manipulation programs, that is, unless you just like throwing money away. GIMP, also known as GNU Image Manipulation Program, is the only tool you will ever need for your graphic design purposes.

GIMP can be used for so many reasons. Some of those reasons are why those who are less informed, feel they have to pay the high dollar cost for those other image programs. So what do they do that GIMP can do better?

Storyboard Animations

Most often during movie creation, producers and directors will create storyboards of the entire movie. They have the biggest, most technologically advanced equipment in the world, or so they may think. GIMP allows for storyboard animation creation by simply arranging the images and utilizing the animation tool. Stop-motion photography is used every day on the highest rated Hollywood movies.

Photo Editing

So what is wrong with that photo? Since you are fairly sure your son wasn’t born with glowing red eyes, you will just need GIMP to help you remove that issue. Is the photo too dark? Order GIMP to lighten it up a bit. This can work wonders if you scan old black and white photos.

Graphic Design

Don’t think GIMP is there only ready to edit pictures for you, use GIMP to create your own designs, logos, animated characters and more. This and other open source programs like Xvid and VLC player could be beneficial to bloggers to keep streaming video updates on their sites, which would increase traffic and elevate page rank.

Format Support

GIMP supports Mac OSX, Linux, and Windows. You can even use GIMP to edit and open Photoshop files.

Although there is no user manual with GIMP because of its open-source status, there have been many online tutorials to help novices or even the most advanced users to learn helpful and unique tricks.

  

OpenOffice for the College Budget

Sending the college students off is a crying matter for a few reasons. Your nest will now be empty, you will be a bit lonely, and the cost of your son or daughters education will skyrocket phenomenally if you do not do some research on open-source, also known as free, software to accommodate your new student.

So when you send them off, send them off with a laptop laden with OpenOffice products. You know darned good and well that they are going to need OpenOffice Writer. Or at least you hope you they will considering the tuition cost. And as far as draw goes, if you sent your art student out into the world to find themselves, they shouldn’t have any trouble doing it in draw.

One of the best securities of course is that they will have at their disposal a large variety of open-source and totally free software to use. No more worries when the system crashes and there is a mad scramble to find the original serial key to get you up and running again.

With OpenOffice programs there is literally nothing that cannot be done. From creating spreadsheets to even monitoring your children’s chose using OpenOffice base are some incredibly good reasons to keep it handy on your computer.

Think you may have complex issues when trying to use OpenOffice in those other office programs? No worries, OpenOffice is prepared for that and their developers went far out of their way to be sure that users who are migrating to OpenOffice from the other paid office programs. You will have little to no problems converting all of your Word documents over into OpenOffice form so you can keep your format, keep on working, and keep on using the best open-source free office software available.

  

Debunking the calorie theory

Mike Furci Calorie Theory.

If you want to lose weight you have to cut your calorie intake, right? That might be true if your body metabolized all calories in the same way. It doesn’t, so you need to know a little bit more if you want to shed those extra holiday pounds.

Bullz-Eye’s Mike Furci recently posted an article debunking the “calorie theory” of fat loss. Here’s a quick look at the kinds of things you need to know in order to lose body fat:

The efficiency at which a person burns food as fuel decreases as they get fatter. In other words, the higher a person’s body fat percentage, the more adept they are at storing food as body fat. This is because a higher body fat percentage and insulin insensitivity have a linear relationship, causing an extraordinary release of insulin when food is consumed. The macro-nutrient that is responsible for these large surges of insulin is carbohydrates. This can be a nightmare for any person, especially somebody who is overweight and trying to lose body fat.

There is a lot to know, but Mike Furci does a great job of breaking down the basics so you can get the most out of your workouts and starting eating right for a fit body. Head over to Bullz-Eye.com for his full article on debunking the calorie theory.

  

Bullz-Eye chats with Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr

Jessica Szohr SoBe skinsuit.

You might know Jessica Szohr from her role as Vanessa Abrams on The CW’s Gossip Girl, but she’s recently added another recognizable appearance to her resume. She recently did a photo shoot for the SoBe Lifewater skinsuit series – yes, that’s skinsuit, as in swimsuit-that’s-painted-on-her-skin.

Bullz-Eye had a chance to chat with Jessica about the photo shoot, as well as her work on Gossip Girl. For full video of the interview, head over to the Bullz-Eye blog.

  

Do You Have the Right Tools for Web Design?

Web design, just like any other task, requires the right set of tools to get the job done. With an effective skill-set, the world of ecommerce can be yours to control! Let’s take a look at what you should be adding to your virtual toolbox:

HTML

Because this is the backbone of any webpage, it’s the first skill to acquire. Although you’ll find plenty of GUI-based editors, there’s no substitute for knowing how to create raw HTML code in a pinch.

CSS

CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, controls the look and feel of your site. Without this skill, your website presentation will never look professional.

Web Design Principles

With a sound foundation in web design theory, you’ll be one step closer to creating a professional online presentation. By becoming an expert in web design principles, you’ll know how to create a site that is effective and engaging.

Become Multilingual

On the computer, anyway! If you’re interested in true development, learn at least one of these popular programming languages used for web development: PHP, Java, C++, or PHP.

Video Editing Tools

Nothing on a website attracts more attention than well-edited videos. This is one area where you can fill your toolbox for free! To start, download the Xvid Codecs to view and create videos in MPEG-4 formats, Virtual Dub to edit the videos, and Handbrake to convert them.

Flash

By adding cutting-edge features through Flash, your site will appear mature and polished. This product can enhance the user experience, but don’t go overboard! The excessive use of Flash will slow down page loading for some viewers.

Search Engine Optimization

Does it really matter how great your site is if no one can find it? Use SEO for a great page ranking.

Now that your toolbox is fully loaded, what are you waiting for? Your new skills could translate into an overnight hit!

  

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