HOW TO MAKE A PRINTABLE GRAPHIC WITHOUT PHOTOSHOP

when i wanted to do a family newsletter last year i set out looking at my options. i’m always looking for the cheapest (or freeest) way to do things. i am not enough of a photographer or graphic designer to feel justified investing in Photoshop, but from looking around it seemed that was really what i needed if i was going to put the newsletter together on my own. so i found a free alternative: GIMP

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i work on a mac. it took a little bit of tech-saviness to get the download unpacked, installed, and launched but they do a good job of leading you through the process. (hey its free, can’t be too easy)

then i took a family newsletter i had found on pinterest that i loved and went to work making changes to it. this particular template was the photoshop file (.psd). when i opened it in GIMP it automatically converted it to a .xcf, which is their equivalent to .psd. all the layers Lacey had used in creating it were there ready to personalize.

problem was i didn’t know the first thing about using GIMP. luckily youtube is the land of tutorials. i watched a few beginner videos on using GIMP:

Edit text on image  (the file i chose had some text in image format, not typeable, so i had to use the eraser tool to erase, for example the name of their family, and type over the white space the name of our family)

GIMP tutorial

How to download fonts (i needed to add some unique text, not only edit already existing text)

Editing

How to move objects (learned how to move around the boy graphics so they lined up nicely)

Gimp for beginners

with a little trial and error i changed this

e8544a2a2b9be32016d96cb860340a7dto that

year-in-review-editall before it was time to pick the kids up from school 😉

you’ll want to download a number of fonts for a graphic like this. pinterest is a great source for finding cute, free fonts and scoping out which fonts pair well together.

as for the boy and pregnant woman graphics. i found them via Google and just brought them in as .png files (GIMP automatically creates a new layer for you), moved them where i liked and resized.

so

STEP 1: get GIMP

STEP 2: find a .psd or .xcf to use as your base template that you can manipulate (or if you are brave start from scratch bringing in your own background .png file)

STEP 3: watch youtube GIMP beginner tutorials

STEP 4: start making changes to your template as you learn techinques from the videos

STEP 5: download fun free fonts and graphics to make the template work for you

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