Five great GIMP plugins

Today in Open Source: GIMP plugins to make your photos great. Plus: A review of Fedora 20, and a Fedora 20 screenshot tour

Five Great GIMP Plugins

Tech, Travel and Talks has a helpful roundup of five great GIMP plugins.

In my entire history of using GIMP, I haven't ever felt any need to embrace Photoshop, simply because of the reason that I am not a professional. But in addition, there is a surprisingly large number of plugins for this elegant software, hat can spice up your GIMP experience, especially if you're serious about your photos. Here I list some of the most powerful and cool plugins for GIMP. All of them are free, and I provide the download links to each of them individually.

1. Photo Effects

2. HDR and HDR Plus plugins

3. National Geographic Script

4. Quick Sketch

5. Blue Sky and Clouds

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The GIMP is an amazing tool even without plugins. But plugins can also add some additional value that can make a big difference in what you can do with it.

Speaking of the GIMP, I came across a neat digital painting on Google+ that was created with it. I'm a sucker for anything to do with dragons, so I just had to include it here so you could see it too.

So, The Witcher is responsible for me going into the "oh speedpaints so awesome must try myself" mode and is also partly responsible for the wyvern (the rest came from Hobbit movie where Smaug is a wyvern instead of a dragon).

Considering the mountains: I didn't immediately go with this, originally the (wooden) statue was supposed to be on a cliff face that stretched across half of the image, with a house around it.

Needless to say, neither the cliff nor the house turned out approximately good enough, so that's when I probably unconsciously remembered WoW and Murgole with the best city The Horde can offer (Thunder Bluff) as well as the Thousand Needles.

The Wyvern Peaks
Image credit: Žiga Pirih

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I like the moon and clouds in the background, and the twinkling lights of the houses that stand out amidst the darkness. At first I didn't get that the wyvern is a statue, I thought it might be getting ready to swoop down on the houses and crush them like Godzilla or Smaug! Heh, heh.

Fedora 20 Review

Muktware has a review of Fedora 20, and the reviewer seems quite positive about his experiences with it.

This time when I installed Fedora 20, my impression of Fedora has changed. The installation was fairly simple and easy (albeit a bit different from that of openSUSE or Ubuntu). When I booted into Fedora 20, I couldn’t believe it’s same Fedora; it’s extremely polished and works out of the box.

Fedora 20 Review
Image credit: Muktware

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I have not had a chance to use Fedora 20 yet, but so far most of the buzz I'm seeing about it indicates that it's a good update. If you've had a chance to use it, please share your thoughts about it in the comments below. I'm curious to know what people's experiences have been like with Fedora 20.

Fedora 20 Screenshot Tour

The Coding Studio has a screenshot tour of Fedora 20 that will give you an overview of what the new release looks like.

The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 20 ('Heisenbug'), which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Fedora Project. Fedora 20 comes with GNOME 3.10, which has several new applications and features that will please GNOME lovers.

Fedora 20 Screenshot Tour
Image credit: The Coding Studio

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What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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