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Thread: Designing a Quilt with GIMP - Free Software

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    Senior Member miholmes's Avatar
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    Good Afternoon,

    I have used a free program called GIMP for many years to edit photos. It's a lot like Photoshop, however I recently discovered I could use it to design quilts, and also use the fabric swatches from the manufacturer's site to test my quilt layout.

    I thought I would create a tutorial to help others who might be interested in doing this, but didn't want to spend the money on Quilt Design Software.

    Anyway please feel free to try this out and see if my instruction make sense. :) And also let me know any changes, errors or instructions that might be unclear.

    ENJOY!

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    thanks,ni'll give it a try

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    Mike, that is awesome! you should put your name/member name on the pdf. thanks for the tut. I've downloaded Gimp but have not yet had time to play with it. I'll give it a try when i get back from vacation.

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    Thanks

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    Thank you very much :D:D:D

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    I have updated the instructions here with my name at the bottom. :)

    Designing a Quilt with GIMP.pdf

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    any trick to make it MAC compatible?

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    Thanks for sharing this information. I can't wait to play with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    any trick to make it MAC compatible?
    I don't have a mac, but it appears that GIMP is also on the MAC OS X platform.

    It's located here: http://www.gimp.org/macintosh/

    I don't know if the instructions will differ greatly or be the same. If you want to try and let me know that would be great! ;)

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    Wooohoooo....thanks so much for taking the time to do this for us!

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    I downloaded and started using GIMP a few weeks ago. It is a great program.

    Thank you so much for this tut.

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    Thanks!

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    Very good tutorial. :thumbup: Thanks, Michael. I've been using Gimp for a
    while but your tutorial will sure help improve my Gimp skills. Like you said
    it's free so what more do we want? I can't use EQ programs since I use
    Linux so I'm pretty much stuck with Gimp. I might have more questions for
    you later. So far so good. :D

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    Very good tutorial. :thumbup: Thanks, Michael. I've been using Gimp for a
    while but your tutorial will sure help improve my Gimp skills. Like you said
    it's free so what more do we want? I can't use EQ programs since I use
    Linux so I'm pretty much stuck with Gimp. I might have more questions for
    you later. So far so good. :D

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    appears that GIMP is also on the MAC OS X platform.

    It's located here: http://www.gimp.org/macintosh/

    I don't know if the instructions will differ greatly or be the same. If you want to try and let me know that would be great! ;)[/quote]

    Well I didn't get too far since I'm computer challenged. :oops:
    DS is coming for vacation in a couple weeks so I've bookmarked this site - just know he'll want something to do!! LOL

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    Hey Michael, I did it. :-D :thumbup: (doing a happy dance here)
    Finally, now I know how to import fabric into Gimp.
    It's a little different in Linux but we figured it out. Thanks again.
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    Fantastic tut. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    Hey Michael, I did it. :-D :thumbup: (doing a happy dance here)
    Finally, now I know how to import fabric into Gimp.
    It's a little different in Linux but we figured it out. Thanks again.
    WOOHOO! Look at you! :) Now that you have that down, keep in mind if you play around with all of the different graph papers, I think you possibilities are end less. :P

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    Thank you very much

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    This is so great, and you are wonderful to share your discovery with us! Combining fabric color and scale is something I have trouble with, and with your tutorial, my quilts will be much improved with no disappointing surprises at the finish. Thank you!

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    Veery good and very helpful Thanks so much. I think EQ is a pain to learn. LOL!

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    Shhh - don't tell anyone, but I don't have the faintest idea what GIMP is.

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    Very nice Michael. Looking forward to working with this.

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    Thank You so much, now I have to learn how to use it.

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