Naming Space Fish and Creating Magazine Covers

  • Episode 204
  • August 16, 2011
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Robbie Ferguson and Hillary Rumball demonstrate how to create a magazine cover using the free GNU Image Manipulation Program. The new Category5 Space Fish needs a name and you could win up to 300 viewer points.

This episode is sponsored in part by: Eco Alkaline Batteries, Planet Calypso & Pogoplug.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Hillary Rumball present live from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Catching up with Hillary Rumball.
  • Introducing the Category5 Space Fish.
  • Contest Announcement: Name Space Fish to win up to 300 Category5 Viewer Points.
  • How the modern Internet (and Google) have changed radio contests where trivia is involved.
  • Greetings to viewers joining us from around the world.
  • Congratulations to all viewers who have received the Category5 Honor Medal.
  • Viewer Images: Congratulations to invincibleMutant and Peter Lewis who both receive 100 Category5 Viewer Points for their submissions.
  • Viewer Question: I've changed my site from HTML to PHP with CSS. I want to have different templates for a couple of the pages within the site. Do I just change the CSS file?
  • Using a PHP string to change the included CSS file with a simple command in your PHP.
  • Viewer Comment: Android Buffet Live is a new version of our broadcast which is done live.
  • Robbie's rider requires that he drinks Perrier.
  • Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • Category5 TV is now using a Behringer Xenyx 1002B mixing console. (See the picture Robbie posted on TwitPic.)
  • Viewer Question: Is that beer in the picture?
  • Feature: Creating your own custom magazine cover.
  • Obtaining the free GNU Image Manipulation Program for Linux, Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Robbie and Hillary pose for their magazine cover.
  • The dimensions of our magazine cover.
  • Cropping our image in the GIMP.
  • Changing the image resolution in the GIMP.
  • Finding the appropriate resolution for our magazine cover so we get the best possible quality at 8.5" x 11".
  • Using the Image Canvas Size tool to crop the image to the perfect dimensions.
  • Scaling and adding your logo to your magazine cover.
  • Re-positioning your logo for your magazine cover.
  • Zooming in on your image using the GIMP.
  • Using the lasso tool to create a marquee around the heads of your subjects.
  • Adding a layer mask to your logo so it appears behind the heads of your subjects.
  • Using the Color Picker tool to perfectly match colors to your logo.
  • Adding text to your magazine cover.
  • Increasing your font size in the GIMP.
  • Re-ordering your layers in the GIMP.
  • Nudging your layer using the keyboard in GNU Image Manipulation Program.
  • Linking multiple layers so when you move one of them, it moves the entire group.
  • Adding a darkened vignette to your magazine cover to give it a professional-looking edge.

Links to Relevant Web Sites:

  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Hillary Rumball

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Robbie Ferguson

Don't worry if you find something broken... this is a work in progress.


Robbie Ferguson

I still need to fix several broken images and create more content... this is a huge undertaking! Enjoy!

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