How To Resize Photos Using GIMP

I must admit that I am still learning GIMP. So it is safe to say that I am not that expert in using GIMP in comparison to Photoshop. But if you are a minister, or someone that sends out e-newsletters, I think this post is best for you.

Have you ever sent a newsletter with your pictures? Do you ever wonder why sometimes your newsletter is hard to upload in your email and in return the recipients of your e-newsletters find it very hard to download your PDF e-newsletter?

The reason: The file pictures embedded are too large.

Solution: Resize your pictures first before pasting it to your Open Office Writer or Microsoft Word.

There are several ways in resizing photos, but in this post we will be using GIMP. What is GIMP by the way? GIMP is GNU Image Manipulation Program, a very good alternative of Photoshop. Photoshop will cost you something, but GIMP will cost you nothing, it is totally FREE. All you have to do is to download it through

Let us say that you already have downloaded the GIMP and already have installed it. Here's the intruction on how are you going to resize your pictures:

First, open the picture that you want to resize using GIMP.

Go to “Image” > Scale Image.

A new window will appear. If you are not sure on what pixel should you resize your picture, simply click the botton of the “Pixel” and change it to inches or millimeters, or whatever you prefer.

A good picture size for your newsletter should not be more than 100x100 pixel.

Click “Scale”.

Now you can cut and paste your pictures in your Open Office Writer or Microsoft Word without eating too much of space. That should do the trick concerning your pictures in your newsletter.

If you have anymore questions, please post it as a comment. Thanks!!!

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How To Extract A Photo Using A Photoshop

Extracting a selected image from a photo is pretty easy to do by following these simple instructions.

1.Create first a backup file for the picture. Better if you'll create another folder for your original images.
2.After backing up your original image files, open the image that you want to extract. Click Filter > Extract. It will open a new window with your image.
3.Use the Highlight tool in it. For example you want to extract a picture of a lady from a picture of group of ladies, using the extract tool, trace the portion that you want to extract. you can use the Zoom options to carefully draw the bondaries of the image (or rather to carefully highlight the image) that you want to extract. The hand tool will also be very useful in going to places in the image.
4.Be sure that when you choose the image that you want to extract, the highlighted portion of the image is enclosed. Which means that your point of start will also be the end. In short, just highlight the image that you want to extract.
5.Then activate the Fill tool, by pressing G. Be sure that the bucket icon is placed inside the image that you highlighted. Click it, then the image that you want to extract will turn blue which means that you have chosen the highlighted portion. Click Preview.
6.In the Preview, you will see that the image was not finely extracted. So you will have to use several tools; Edge Highlight, Eraser, Edge Touchup and Cleanup. The Edge Touchup restores the subject edges, while Cleanup removes the background elements.
7.If you are already satisfied with the cleanness of the image, press OK. And there you have it, an extracted image. You can copy it and paste it to another group of pictures or set another picture as its new background.
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Still Promoting Our New Site

For Christians around the world, we are trying our best to serve you better. This is why we continue to promote our new site, The Disciplers. This is a site where you will be learning lots of things. You will be getting ideas about your ministries and how can you best trouble shoot certain problems. Plus, we also provide free digital resources that can be a good guide for you. Just don't forget to sign up for our updates.

We appeal that you will patronage this website. This is for you.
We do pray that this site will be a blessing for you. God bless you all!!!

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Google Chrome Preview

Before I forget, here's the picture of what Google Chrome looks like. It is sleek yet very simple browser that will rock your web surfing experience.

For Mac and Linux users, wait for a while. It will not take long for Google to release their issue for you. They are working hard in integrating Firefox coding with Google Chrome. I myself is already excited to use this new simple, but powerful browser.
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What is Google Chrome?

I guess some of you have already heard and perhaps some are already using Google Chrome. Google Chrome is:
“a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.”

This is one of the most emphasized new product of Google has to offer with their subscribers and fans. As a testimony of my friend, Google Chrome is more secure than Internet Explorer. It also makes your web browsing experience faster.

It came into being when Google staffs thought about the evolution of websites from simple text pages to rich, interactive applications. Literally speaking, if you are using the old browsers like Internet Explorer, many websites now will be hard to read by those browsers. This is what Google wants to solve.

Outside, it is a picture of simplicity. Underneath,

“by keeping each tab in an isolated "sandbox", we were able to prevent one tab from crashing another and provide improved protection from rogue sites. We improved speed and responsiveness across the board. We also built V8, a more powerful JavaScript engine, to power the next generation of web applications that aren't even possible in today's browsers.”

What more? Google continously develop this new browser, integrating it to open source softwares. Soon, Google Chrome will be available not only on Windows but also for Mac and Linux. Their release for Windows is just the beginning.

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