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If you haven't read the first part of this tutorial, you will find it here. We are continuing here on the basis established the other day.


gimp - text toolAdding text to a picture

For this exercise, I am going to create a new blank picture (via the menu File → New).

In order to add text to your picture click the text tool and then click in your picture where you want to text to appear.

Note that the tool's options, here on the right, now show the font- specific options. This is where you'll change, among other things, your font face and size. Start typing your text and don't worry if it's not at the right place just yet. You'll be able to move it later on. Have a look at the layers window and you'll see a new layer has been automatically created: it contains your new text. That way, your text is isolated from the other elements and can be focused easily simply by clicking on its layer in the layers window.

Read more: Intitiation to graphics editing - part 2

I hope my pronunciation is good enough :)

Don't hesitate to leave a comment to let me know what you think.


The Gimp is often referred to as “The Poor Man's Photoshop”. It is a powerful graphics editing program, which can be used to do a lot of things – from the most basic tasks like resizing a picture to complex photo editing. And best of all, it's free...

You can download it from here: - there are versions for Unix / Linux, MacOSX, and Windows. Simply pick the one that matches your system and install it.

In these tutorial series, we will only go over the basics (which will include creating your first banner), so you learn how to manage your daily image editing tasks, those you will need most often. If you wish to go further then you will find a lot of tutorials on this website:

First contact

Here is what The Gimp looks like once you've launched it – as you can see it is made of 3 main parts:

Read more: Intitiation to graphics editing - part 1

robotThe opinions on the use of bots in general - not only on Twitter - are well divided. We could sort them in 3 categories:

  • Those who think that bots are only for spammers and scammers.
  • Those who are actually using bots to spam and possibly scam people.
  • Those who think that bots can be used cleanly, reasonably, and honestly.

I'll be direct: I'm part of the third category. And as such I've been involved once or twice in some very animated discussions... People from the first category can be quite aggressive. I can't blame them for that...

FACT: there are people who use bots to mass-spam Twitter (or other social networks, really... I'm using Twitter as an example here as this is the one I know best but the idea applies to Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn...). It is the cold hard truth.

FACT: bots can help you manage your accounts, sort information, and communicate with people efficiently. This, also, is true!

So in the end, it all comes down to one factor... The human factor. The users are responsible for mis-using the software. This is my point of view. Now some people will tell you that these bots are built from the ground up with the spamming objective in mind... I see where the idea may come from, but I have to disagree. This is the same argument that some huge industries I won't name (but everyone knows who I'm talking about...) have used to fight the peer to peer networks. One of the main counter-arguments has always been: these tools can be used to share files legally (there are some free contents out there, they're not so hard to find), and one should not make a confusion between the tool, and what the users are making of it. Well, the same thing applies here...

I remember being called a "spammer who has convinced himself he's using a bot responsibly". This is quite a harsh statement, especially when you don't know how I'm using my bots... Oh well, wait, that person knew how I'm using my bots because he had read my article entitled "Pinterest automation code of conduct". In this article, I am clearly explaining that there are things that should not be done with a bot - in this case on Pinterest, but remember, the idea is the same elsewhere.

So I'm saying it loud and clear: yes, I do use bots. And yes, I pretend to be using them the right way. I do interact with people, I don't post automatic comments (or auto tweet @replies) - instead, I do that manually - I don't post 20 links an hour, I reply to people who tweet @me, etc...

If you intend to use a bot, please read my Pinterest article above. The social networks should be friendly places, nobody wants to see them full of spam... Except the spammers themselves maybe, who can really ruin them for everyone else.

Having a website is only half of the journey. Imagine  this: you open the most beautiful shop in the world (I mean the real world), you have the best products and the most incredible deals. Your customer service is absolutely perfect. And... You don't tell anyone your new shop is opened. What will happen?

Answer: nothing. Why? Because nobody knows it's there! Nobody knows how incredible your deals are!

Online, the problem is the same - it is even worst. Because if you open a shop in the street, you will at least see some customers thanks to the people passing by. If you open a new website and don't do the necessary efforts to let the world know... You won't have any visitor.

Read more: Live software training courses program: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)


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