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I figured I'd slap a sticky into this forum for people to list good tools they've found that relate to the Graphics/Art/Design/etc. topic, along with any neat tips. If you want to discuss tips, please start a thread about it ;-). I'll start with some of the obvious ones:

 

The GIMP: http://www.gimp.org (Image Manipulation)

Blender: http://www.blender.org (3d rendering)

 

And some good sites:

http://www.linuxartist.org (General Site, good info)

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For themes and wallpaper:

 

For all linux themes the best place to go is freshmeats collection. They have a lot of great fluxbox and blackbox stuff.

www.themes.org

 

Ifyou are using KDE then this site will be very good for you and is KDE dedicated:

www.kde-look.org

 

Or if you are a smart person you'll prefer GNOME. GNOME have a great page here with Window manager decorations, wallpaper and some excellent GTK things.

art.gnome.org

 

Are you eternally looking for wallpapers like me? Then your one stop shop is deviant art. THey also have a small array of themes, skins and other cool design related stuff.

www.deviantart.com

 

Ok you have everything perfectly skinned, but XMMS is still the default and doesn't match, you can always visit Winamp's site, XMMS these great skins. Just copy em to your ~/.xmms/Skins/ directory. You will want the skins for Winamp2.

http://classic.winamp.com/skins/

 

Good luck

 

James

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A good photo browser and a whole lot more. A must for serious photographers in today's digital world.

 

Name: gthumb

Version: 2.1.4-1.norlug

Summary: An image viewer and browser for GNOME.

 

Description: gThumb lets you browse your hard disk, showing you thumbnails of image files. It also lets you view single files (including GIF animations), add comments to images, organize images in catalogs, print images, view slideshows, set your desktop background, and more.

 

available from:

http://norlug.org/~chipster/index.pxml?rpms or your local /contribs ftp.

 

(similiar to pixieplus or gqview but better in my opinion.)

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You want to create your own webpage?

 

a. You don't want to learn html. Just create some simple pages. You can do that using Mozilla Composer.

 

b. You have some basic knowledge of html? Every texteditor will do it - but Bluefish, Quanta or Screem make your life easier.

 

c. Do yourself and the world a favour and validate your webpage at http://validator.w3.org/

 

d. You care about accessibility of the web for handicapped people? Go here: http://www.diveintoaccessibility.org/

Great tips for your web sites.

 

e. You don't want to 'write' any web site - just putting your photos on it? Gthumb generates a web album for you.

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A great tutorial for Gnome icon developemt (and a great learning tool for the Gimp) can be found at http://developer.ximian.com/articles/tutor...tput/index.html.

 

Of course, these tips can be used for any icons, but they detail the Gnome "style" pretty well. It amazed me how simple techniques produced such great results.

 

If you really get hooked on it, check out the info on the Gnome palette here:

http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gup/hi...ut.html#Palette

 

And info on icon guidelines here:

http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gup/hi.../1.0/icons.html

 

These are part of the Gnome Human Interface Guidelines:

http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gup/hig/1.0/

 

I found all this interesting because it puts such detail into creating icons (and other stuff too). But the icon process fascinates me.

 

edited by iphitus: fixed a url

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You want to create your own webpage?

 

a. You don't want to learn html. Just create some simple pages. You can do that using Mozilla Composer.

 

b. You have some basic knowledge of html? Every texteditor will do it - but Bluefish, Quanta or Screem make your life easier.

 

c. Do yourself and the world a favour and validate your webpage at http://validator.w3.org/

 

d. You care about accessibility of the web for handicapped people? Go here: http://www.diveintoaccessibility.org/

Great tips for your web sites.

 

e. You don't want to 'write' any web site - just putting your photos on it? Gthumb generates a web album for you.

Konqueror also has a image index function which is really neat.

You can create an index.html from a directory and specify titles/fonts etc. and size of thumb and it links the image map tot he images...

 

Really neat trick for the lazy.

 

I'd show you but as per a different post my dynamic IP has finally timed out.

Guess Ill put it back up tonight!!!!

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Just for the record: the photo gallery feature of Konq requires Kuickshow (I think) to be installed, otherwise it is unavailable.

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GTK2 theming tutorial

http://www.ajgenius.us/Gnome/gnome2-gtk2-themes.html

 

GNOME theming tutorial

http://ajgenius.us/Gnome/Themes/Tutorials/...=TutorialStatus

 

 

Web design tutorials

 

Just about every web based language under the sun, HTML, XHTML, XML, XSLT, JS, PHP, ASP, SQL and more!

Easy to understand and of top notch quality

www.w3schools.org

 

Excellent XML, XSLT and CSS tutorials.

www.zvon.org

 

And the best HTML tutorial around for newbies

http://lists.bilkent.edu.tr/webtutor/makapage/ (older full free version - just as good)

www.pagetutor.com (homepage and up to date, slightly newer version)

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could a mod change the title of this thread to: READ FIRST: Good tools, links, and other helpful tips?

 

might get a few more people reading it

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