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I need help with a tutorial.

Jul 23, 2012, 01:25
Post: #1
I need help with a tutorial.
Hello,

I am completing the following tutorial: http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/The_Basics/

I am on the step that the author refers to "Gaussian blur at 5 may be a good start".

I'm new to Gimp and graphics arts. Therefore I know not what Gaussian blur is or how to find it.

Can someone refer me to a beginner tutorial that assumes I know nothing about the subject matter?

Thanks again,

Jacob
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Jul 23, 2012, 01:43
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RE: I need help with a tutorial.
(Jul 23, 2012 01:25)jroussin80498 Wrote:  Hello,

I am completing the following tutorial: http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/The_Basics/

I am on the step that the author refers to "Gaussian blur at 5 may be a good start".

I'm new to Gimp and graphics arts. Therefore I know not what Gaussian blur is or how to find it.

Can someone refer me to a beginner tutorial that assumes I know nothing about the subject matter?

Thanks again,

Jacob

Hello all,

My Dad helped me find Gaussian blur. The author of a basic tutorial should know better than including a technical reference without an explanation. This is my first tutorial and I already feel discouraged. If someone can refer me to a step by step tutorial that assumes nothing I would appreciate it.

Thanks,

Jacob
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Jul 23, 2012, 08:28
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RE: I need help with a tutorial.
You have hit one of my 'raw nerves'.
First you did the correct thing by looking at those basic tutorials, they are a bit old but cover topics that eventually you will use all the time, layers and masks are a good example.

Quote:The author of a basic tutorial should know better than including a technical reference without an explanation. This is my first tutorial and I already feel discouraged.

Everything has a learning curve, especially Gimp. In common with most people these days you are suffering from "Micro$oft-does-everything-for-me" syndrome. Don't fall for it, you need to dig around.

If I can not find something like gaussian blur, I first look at Help -> Plugin Browser. Gimp is built around plugins. Enter a simple search term and you find something like this.
[Image: LBFyS.jpg]
that tells me that gaussian blur is in the Filters -> Blur menu.

Another place is the Gimp manual. http://docs.gimp.org/2.8/en/ Worth referring to but no real search facility, or one of the forums such as this one.

Do not give up too easily, as well as basic tutorials just play around with Gimp and experiment, every success and failure gives you more knowledge.

** https://www.gimp-forum.net/ now answering questions**
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