>On 1/22/2010 9:48 AM, Deniz Dogan wrote:
>> It didn't take me long at all to become productive in GIMP and I'm
>> still learning! I'm in no way a professional, I mainly do web design
>> using GIMP (which can be a pain at sometimes because it doesn't have
>> layer groups like Photoshop).
>> Try out different things, click stuff you have no idea about what they
>> do. At least that's what I did... Tutorials helped me very little.

What might work for one doesn't always work for someone else. To say: "This
works for me" or "this doesn't work for me" is setting a standard that cannot
apply across the board. Tutorials are needed for the masses in general because
for many, a starting point is needed.
>That's how I learned how to use GIMP. I don't like tutorials myself.

I love tutorials as they tend to be rather helpful in realizing the potential
of a plug-in, filter, or script. Sure, experimentation is strongly
recommended, but to say what helps you should help everyone else, is a bit
over the deep end.

>They tend to be rather specific, even though they are trying to teach
>generalized techniques. I just experiment until I find something I like
>and than I try to remember what I did so I can do it again. My favorite
>tool right now is the fractal explorer.

My favorite thing is when someone else shows me what I can accomplish from
using various tools. Again, experimenting is a necessity, but I can admit
getting lost in GIMP for hours on end being in the "experimentation" mode.

 I have a good notion I'll never
>become an expert at using it but boy, do I have fun[0]!

I'd go out on a limb and say that for most us "beginners", GIMP SHOULD be

And again, why not make it into a tutorial? I can honestly tell you that
thousands of GIMP beginners will appreciate your input in the form a tutorial.
And I am not being facetious about this.

>[0]: http://adragonstale.joseph-a-nagy-jr.us/art/digital/

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