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Create Custom Logo With Gimp Image Editor

Updated on June 13, 2010

What is Gimp?

Gimp is an acronym for "Gnu Image Manipulation Program." It can re-size/scale, convert, manipulate, edit, and create images in just about any format or file extension you see on the web. as an experiment in my image editing class I used Gimp instead of the course required Macromedia Fireworks ® program. It worked. I got a "B+" in the project but failed to get the A I was shooting for only because of time constraints, not due to the program's lack of tools to do litterally everything the class required.

This program is only available for Linux, but most live CDs ship with the ISO image and will run right "out of the box." Canonical, the developers of the Ubuntu project have stated they will no longer ship Gimp with their new releases of the distribution. Anything 9.1 and earlier will have it though.

When I say this program can do everything, I mean everything. I have made animated .gif, transparant .png, and high art gallery quality .jpg (Jpeg) images with it.

The Basic Editor

Creating a Logo

The menu system is fairly simple for this program. to create a logo, you select the "file > create > logos >"

You can then choose from a long list of "Script Fu" extensions. These are all free, like the program itself. Let's for example choose "3D outline." You will then be given a pop-up window that is a configuration form. Below is a screen-shot of the window and it's option. You can see the options I've chosen there.

Configuration Menu

View your work.

You can then view the work you've done. I've just created a custom band logo for my band! I won't keep it though. This was only a quick example. Once you've done this, it is your own copyright work. You have created the image, not edited an image from someone else.

Now click the "file" menu, then "Save as." It's that easy. If you type in the file name logo.png or anything other than a .xfc extension it will give you a simple dialog. If you select the defaults, it will turn out fine. The below is the result of the configuration from the screen-shot above. Play with it, make something new and exciting. Good luck.

View Your Logo


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    • Portamenteff profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Western Colorado, USA

      Yeah. That's pretty cool That Grrl. I started with the *nixes about 7 years ago. Took a photo editing class based on Adobe Fireworks(great program BTW) and said " I wonder what the Linux alternative to that is." After RTFM (read the fine manual) I found it can do anything the class required me to do. I used it on several class assignments and got a B+. It wasn't GIMP's fault I didn't get an A. I had to work overtime that month.

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      Laura Brown 

      6 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      My start in making graphics was ASCII art. Then I got MS FrontPage and the tidy little image editor which comes with it. I liked it for being simple. I've dipped my toes into Gimp but there is so much more to it, much more complicated. So I haven't really taken time to get far into it. I'm glad to find tutorials and guides. For one thing, it means other people are using it, so it must be do-able. :)

    • Portamenteff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Western Colorado, USA

      Here's the one I use:

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      7 years ago from India

      Cool tutorial

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      Kevin Languedoc 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Gimp is one of my favorite tools too but I must admit that I am no expert. Hey! maybe you can create a whole collection of tutorials on GIMP. I would find extremely helpful.

    • Portamenteff profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Western Colorado, USA

      Hmm. None liked this program enough to comment. There are so many options out there and alternatives. I'm glad that people have their preferred image editing/creating programs.


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