Sunday, March 30, 2014

Free Class on How to Use GIMP

GIMP (GNU  Image Manipulation Program) is a free, open source program that does many of the things Photoshop does, but  is, (really).

Information is where it's at today. Electronic communication has truly democratized information, at least as long as we can preserve a free and open internet, which is probably the number one important issue of our age. Information can spread rapidly on the internet like never before, making it harder for those with power to hide the results of careless,greedy or brutal behavior.


 But we live in world so awash in information that grabbing people's attention for your event, cause, enterprise or idea is difficult. Image manipulation programs like GIMP put creating eye-catching  graphics within the reach of anyone with a computer.

This class introduces people to the concept of open-source software, software which is developed and improved by programmers all over the world who love programming. Why is it free? Because not everybody believes that making a profit is the be all and end all of existence! Lots of people believe that information should be open to everyone. That's also why our classes here at The 99 are free.

The class is called "GIMP Basic Skills" and will allow you to make a variety of cards, flyers, brochures, or invitations to publicize your event, cause or business and will be be held at The 99 from 1-4 PM Saturday, April 12. Computers will be available for you to use, or you can use most laptops running Windows Vista, 7 or 8 or Linux programs like Ubuntu or Debian. Even if you don't have a home printer, you can e-mail or post your creations on social media.