I too have heard people rave about GIMP. However, I would like to suggest
something else to try. This is my first year of teaching all computer
classes, in a brand new Dell lab. I had personally used Paint Shop Pro and
loved it. While I have Photoshop I never really took to it and thought it
was clumsy and not really intuitive. Once I used Paint Shop Pro, I fell in
love with it's easy, intuitive interface. So, I bought it for the Dell lab
and have been teaching it to the kids. Paint Shop Pro is under $100 a
license and comes with a program called Animation Shop. The whole package
packs a lot of punch for the money.
I am about 7.5 minutes ahead of the kids in curriculum planning, but would
gladly share the lessons I've developed so far.
Emerson Junior High School
From: T. Peters [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2001 8:06 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Is anyone using the image manipulation program GIMP?
My tech support person here at school recommended a free-ware program
for image manipulation that is available on the net called GIMP. We do
not have a budget that can afford alot of graphics programs. If you
haven't ever hear of the program, it is amazing to say the least. It is
comparable if not better than Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator from waht I have
seen and read.
I was wondering if anyone was using it the classroom. I am trying to
use it - but am wondering if someone has found a good way for students to
learn such a large program and what projects you are using to get them
started. The course I am teaching is Visual Communication and I am
struggling with specific lessons for them to learn about design and image
If you have any help or have even used Adobe for any projects, please
let me know. You can e-mail me directly.