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Can GIMP meet my needs?

Jul 3, 2013, 10:19 (This post was last modified: Jul 3, 2013 10:22 by wongjoshua.)
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Can GIMP meet my needs?
Hello all,

I am a complete newbie to the whole world of Graphic Design. However, I am looking to build upon my skills in order to build a more advanced skill-set. I am looking to enter a career in marketing so therefore a basic knowledge of graphic design is necessary.

So a few questions to start off...
A) I know that GIMP will more or less be a great substitute for Photoshop for someone like me who is just needing to learn the basics. But what about Illustrator? What can't I do with a program like GIMP vs Illustrator?

B) Below are some examples of things I would like to be able to do with GIMP. Is this achievable or is a tool like Illustrator necessary?

(Facebook links for examples)
- Develop basic Cover Photos for Facebook
- Develop basic poster designs
- Simple designs with logos

I apologize for the questions but thank you again and I appreciate your time.

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Jul 3, 2013, 11:03
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RE: Can GIMP meet my needs?
Hi Josh,
Yes, this one is possible in gimp
Rotate tool, while rotating hold either "shift" or "ctrl" to make horizontal/vertical.
You might need a vector program for the logo on the top left, like inkscape or several illustrator alternatives(most free)
For this one, If you use a drawing tablet or draw with the mouse(using a hard brush, no blur) you could achieve a similar effect. (Highly recommend a waccom though!)

For a little info on importing from inkscape to gimp:
IMHO: Gimp outperforms inkscape in speed & function, but inskcape has some cool features too!

For the rest of your examples, if you use a hard brush(no blur/sharp), you can achieve vector looking graphics.
If using gimp, only make small adjustments to size, if you need a significantly bigger graphic, redraw

bitmap/raster/pixel(gimp) vs Vector-based graphics(inkscape)
vector based: more flexible in scaling & shaping because they are not raster(pixel based), so they won't lose quality/information.
-They can be kinda flat 2d-ish-art if you want more than just graphics.

raster(pixel) base: Have more dimension and is better for gradients, lighting/shades & overall color/filter adjustments & effects. Maybe even better file size compression? Wider compatibility types though(gif, png, tiff, jpg, the list goes on)

Good luck! Smile I'm out for today lol

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