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Download Of The Day: GIMP 2.6 For Linux / Windows / Mac OS X

GIMP version 2.6 has been released and available for download. It is a free raster graphics editor used to manipulate digital graphics and photographs under Linux and other operating systems. It is often used as a free software replacement for Adobe Photoshop, the most widely used bitmap editor.

What's new in GIMP v2.6

Major revisions in interface and tools were made available with the 2.6.0 release in 2008. There is a bigger changes in UI, free select tool and brush tools. Lesser changes in code and partial, tool level, provide higher color depths and even non-destructive editing. See Gimp release note for more information.

Fig.01: GIMP 2.6 running on Linux (credit GIMP project)

Fig.01: GIMP 2.6 running on Linux (credit GIMP project)

Download Gimp 2.6 for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X

Linux GIMP 2 Video Tutorials / Learning Demos

The GNU Image Manipulation Program, an open-source, image editing program. GIMP is used to process digital graphics and photographs. However, learning curve is little high with GIMP. This site provides the excellent set of GIMP 2 video demos. To view these short demonstrations, you need to have a video player capable of showing MS AVI DivX files (mpeg4) such as ffplay from ffmpeg, mplayer or xinelib based players.

Linux GIMP 2 Video Tutorials / Learning Demos

On a related note this tutorial explores a few simple techniques to improve a portrait using GIMP. In particular, you’ll see a couple of new features introduced in the new GIMP 2.4, the Healing Tool and the Red Eye Removal filter.

Convert pixmaps file into a Windows .ico file to create a favicon.ico file with GIMP

Favorites icon (favicon) file is placed in a web server root directory. It is a page icon or associated with a particular website. For example when you visit our site you see favicon in the browser's URL bar, next to the site's name. Also it appears next to the site's name in lists of bookmarks, and next to the page's title in a tabbed document interface.

There is a tool called ppmtowinicon which convert 1 or more portable pixmaps into a Windows .ico file You need to specify one or more portable pixmaps as input and it produces a Microsoft Windows .ico file as output. A Windows icon contains 1 or more images, at different resolutions and color depths. Microsoft recommends including at least the following formats in each icon (size and bits-per-pixel):
=> 16 x 16 - 4 bpp
=> 32 x 32 - 4 bpp
=> 48 x 48 - 8 bpp

How to create a favicon.ico with GIMP

How to create a favicon.ico with GIMP

You need to install netpbm - a graphics conversion tools under Linux / UNIX. You also need GIMP - the GNU Image Manipulation program to create a favicon on Linux.

Install netpbm and GIMP

Use apt-get command to install packages under Debian / Ubuntu Linux:
$ sudo apt-get install netpbm gimp

Step # 1: Convert logo to ppm raw format

  1. Open your logo using GIMP
  2. Now cut and paste logo in square
  3. Next resize logo by visiting Image > Scale image option. Set pixel size to 16 x 16 or 32 x 32 or 48 x 48.
  4. Next click on File > Save as > Enter file name as favicon.ppm > Click on Save > Raw Encoding > Ok

Step # 2: Convert portable pixmaps into a Windows .ico file

Now run the following command to create a .ico file:
$ ppmtowinicon -output favicon.ico favicon.ppm

Step # 3: Upload favicon.ico file

Upload favicon.ico file to webserver root directory such as /var/www/html or /srv/httpd/cyberciti.biz.

Step # 4: Favicon example

To activate favicon, modify your site pages or template by placing following code between <head>...</head> section:

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico" />