Change from text login to graphical login in Linux

Change from text login to graphical login – 1.2

Learn how to start the X Window System automatically when your Linux system boots up, so you’ll have a graphical login. Or vice versa: if you’re already booting to X Windows, learn how to boot to the command line.

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Booting to X Windows, so you can have a graphical login in Linux, is a very simple thing to do. Or, disabling the X Window System from starting at bootup, so you’ll have a text login, is just as simple. Maybe your distro provides some fancy GUI tools for configuring this, but here I’ll concentrate on the fool-proof method that doesn’t need any weird config tools and thus works on any Linux distro: editing the /etc/inittab file. read more

A folded and cut papercraft or scrapbook style heading

The September 2008 issue of Wired Magazine had a nice new headline design created by Mario Hugo. The author of the Photoshop Roadmap blog decided to turn this effect into a very detailed Photoshop tutorial.

I decided to translate it into a very ordinary and lack-lustre GIMP tutorial – simply to do my bit to push the application I want to see more artists and designers using. Basic GIMP knowledge is assumed.

Here’s the finished product shown on Photoshop Roadmap blog site:

Installing the font

First things first, get the Disco Deck font from dafont. read more

Abstract Wave Effect

Okay everyone, first off, this is converted from a tutorial for Lipstick on the Gimper forum. So, let’s get started. Here is the final result:

Step 1

Open up a square document. Mine is 640 by 640 pixels..

Step 1

Step 2

Go to Filters>Render>Clouds>Solid Noise. In here we want to check the Randomize and and Turbulent boxes. Increase the detail level to three or four. We’ll leave the size sliders alone.

Step 2

Step 3

Now we’ll go through the same menus but choose a different option called Difference Clouds. Leave the settings alone. read more

Create a Surreal Piece of Art

This tutorial is directed towards beginners and thus will go into significant detail on how to accomplish each step. This tutorial was made specifically for Gimp 2.6.4.

In this tutorial I will show you how to create this image from scratch:

We will use several techniques including some filters and these tools:

In case at any point you have trouble finding any of the Dialogs that I refer to in the tutorial, you can find all of them by accessing this menu:

Step 1

First create a new image. I made mine 500x647px at 300ppi. Next create a new transparent layer. Use the Paths Tool and create a simple path: read more

30 Ultimate Web 2.0 Layer Styles for Gimp

Downloads Details:

After moving from Photoshop i wanted to be able to use the Ultimate Web 2.0 Layer Styles in Gimp,So i got my self to re-create 30 of them. hopefully you will enjoy as much as i did .

With these pre-made Gradients you can easily make Cool web 2.0 headers, backgrounds, button, and almost any web based designs will always need some nice gradient affect to it and instead of creating them using multiple layers all you need is to use the Gradient fill tool to apply the effects.Here are the names of the 30 Styles. read more

2.0ish Buttons Using Pre-made Gradients


Wondering how you make those web 2.0ish button you see every where? well here is how you do it in gimp.

First download the 30 “Ultimate Web 2.0 Layer Styles for Gimp” we will use the pre-made gradients from that to get the effect.

Here are some examples of what you can make with the
With pre-made Gradients pack.


Step 1

create a new image and a new Layer and name it button, select the “rectangle selection tool” and create a button size rectangle.

Step 2

Now if you installed the “30 Ultimate Web 2.0 Layer Styles for Gimp” select the “Web 2.0 Brown Gloss” Gradient, Grab the Fill tool and place it bellow the rectangle and drag from bottom to top. read more

How To Create Your Own Website Design Using Gimp


It’s only been a few days since i started with gimp and i already feel pretty comfortable with it, so i decide to create a website tutorial using Gimp.

for first time users its advisable to check out for a quick overview of Gimp’s tools and interference none the less its pretty straight forward and easy.

Here is the out come of this tutorial

web site in gimp

Step 1

Create a new Image 780×1000


Fill the background with the colour #ededed using the fill bucket tool.

Step 3

Create a new layer and name it ‘Header’. read more

Colourful glowing text effect

Colourful glowing text effect


Been a while since I’ve created a text effect tutorial so I decided I’d do one. In this tutorial I will show you how to create a colourful text effect using the gradient blend and blur effects.

This is the final result of this tutorial

Gimp text effect tutorial

Step 1

Create a new image canvas, 600×450 is what i used. fill the background layer with solid black using the bucket fill tool.

Gimp text effect tutorial

Step 2

Create a new layer name it “Blue gradient” and then grab the gradient fill tool, now in the tool options select “Deep Blue” gradient and then apply it so that the light cyan blue is in he bottom right corner and the dark blue in the top left corner. see the images below for example. read more

Mac style Wallpaper

Saw this great Wallpaper tutorial on by Collis for PS and i really liked the outcome, i have re-created it with Gimp using different techniques to achieve the same effect.

even though this original wallpaper was inspired by macs wallpaper i added a touch of Ubuntu logo,lately Ubuntu has really caught my attention to the extent I’m considering buying a Dell laptop Inspiron Notebook 1420 N with pre-installed Ubuntu on it and best of all its only $749 :).

The Results:


This tutorial is intended for intermediate users but i encourage beginners to have a go at it,the quickest way to learn anything, is to just jump right into it :), it took me around 5 tries to get my final result, not because of the techniques, their they’re quite simple and easy,but getting everything smoothly blended with each other is what’s difficult, so don’t give up on your first try! now lets begin. read more