Have you ever heard of GIMP? It’s a photo editing program, similar to photoshop, that you can download on your computer – but best of all, it’s free! I have never used photo shop, so I can’t say that it is better or as good, but it definitely gets the job done. I use it almost every day to create so many things.
I was first introduced to the world of graphic design and photo editing by my sister, right before my wedding. She was using the Corel photo editing software, and she helped me create my programs, seating chart, place cards, menus, the whole shebang!
After my wedding, the trial version was running out on my software and I was debating buying the package. I started researching different programs to find which would be best for my needs. That’s when I found GIMP. I have used it so much since then, to create so many different things, mostly for parties.
I’m going to a blog series on how to use GIMP and make things like invitations and printables – I would love for you to follow along. I’ll start later this week by introducing you to the program and it’s layout, but for now, I will leave you with some ideas on clipart.
When I started using this, I thought I could just search the internet, find an image, and use it how I wanted. Not so. People own the images and clipart that you find on a google search, and so you need to obtain it through them, either by purchasing it or as a freebie on their website/blog. Most of the time, it will be a personal use item – meaning you can use it for yourself (i.e. make a print for your daughters bedroom) but you cannot sell it. Some designers allow you to use their items commercially in a small business setting and others require you to purchase extended licensing if you want to use their product in any sort of commercial way.
My absolute favorite clip art artists are:
|Just so Scrappy|
If you subscribe to their blogs, you will get info on their sales and any freebies they are offering. Check them out, or do a search for digital scrapbooking sets. Etsy also has tons of cute clipart. Check it out and watch for the next installment in this series where I will show you around the program!