[Sussex] The GIMP?
Mark at ascentium.co.uk
Mon Aug 2 18:13:30 UTC 2004
Thanks very much for this.
All sorted now.
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From: "Steve Dobson" <steve at dobson.org>
To: "LUG email list for the Sussex Counties" <sussex at mailman.lug.org.uk>
Sent: Monday, August 02, 2004 6:18 PM
Subject: Re: [Sussex] The GIMP?
> Hi Hark
> On Mon, Aug 02, 2004 at 05:46:53PM +0100, Mark Harrison wrote:
> > I'm trying, once again, to remove my dependancy on non-Free software.
> Do you mean non-free as defined by Debian or free as in beer?
> > I've now installed "The GIMP".
> If you are using debian you also need the non-free gimp package as well
> for GIMP to support GIF as GIF includes LZW compression which is
> patented by UNISYS.
> Yes, Yes, I know that the patent has expired in the US but I believe that
> UNISYS have patents in other countries which are still running. I'm not
> sure of it's worldwide status.
> > I have a very, very basic requirement. I want to create a transparent
> > GIF with simply some foreground text in a particular font / set of
> > colours.
> There are a number of ways:
> 1). Load another image format which is what you want with the
> transparent parts already set.
> 2). Create a new image using the GIMP itself.
> I've found it best to put the image into RGB format for this
> image-menu -> Image -> Mode -> RGB
> 3). Load an image with a solid colour for a background, put it into
> RGB mode and then use
> image-menu -> Filters -> Colors -> Color to Alpha...
> [Got this tip from Karl J today - thanks Karl]
> Then use "image-menu -> File -> Save As..." make sure that the
> "Determine File Type: By Extension"
> is set and then just use the extension ".gif".
> You will be probably set a number of prompts for correction (including
> a field to set the comment) and your done.
> > Can anyone give me a basic "how to" for this, or do I need to spend a
> > few days reading manuals?
> Will the above do?
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