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Extending GIMP's Filter Set

  • Episode 329
  • January 7, 2014

Increasing the professional-quality filters available in the free GNU Image Manipulation Program is easy, especially on Linux. Learn how to install and use two awesome add-ons: FX Foundry and G'MIC.

Topics Covered:

  • {play 3:01}Prize Giveaway: $25 pre-paid Visa card from ESET.
  • {play 5:32}A bit of information about our Fundraizr crowdfunding project from
  • {play 9:04}Robbie's new Category5 TV coffee mug is actually just a cheap mug with our premium vinyl sticker stuck to it.
  • {play 11:11}Windows XP end of life is fast approaching. What does this mean to Windows XP users?
    You must upgrade. Here are some alternatives to upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8 using the free Linux operating system:
  • {play 16:56}Feature: Expanding the featureset of the free GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) by adding the free FX Foundry and G'MIC filter packages.
    • Installing GIMP and the two additional filter packages (gimp-plugin-registry for FX Foundry and gimp-gmic for G'MIC) using Synaptic Package Manager.
    • FX Foundry's "Make Wonderful" and "Orton Effect" presets are a quick way to add some softness to your photos, ideal for wedding photos, nature shots, and flower macros.
    • Using GIMP's Quick Mask tool to "paint" your selection onto a photo.
    • Applying an effect to the background of a photo but leave your subject in focus.
  • {play 34:19}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom
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    • Intel will no longer use minerals mined in conflict zones to build its microprocessors, and they’re re-branding McAfee antivirus.
    • Netflix is changing their pricing to keep you from sharing your account. More devices means more money.
    • It has apparently been illegal to sell gaming consoles in China for the past 14 years, but console gaming is finally coming to China after the government lifted the ban.
  • {play 43:34}Viewer Question: I just saw Episode 323 on YouTube and love the DNS Jumper tool you demonstrate to test DNS servers, but I don't run Windows so I can't use it. Is there a Linux alternative? Also, I love the show the way it is—you don't have to upgrade to virtual sets.
    • Grab a free Windows virtual appliance from and you'll be able to run the Windows tool in a virtual machine.
    • Linux has Namebench, but it's not as robust as DNS Jumper.
  • {play 48:46}Viewer Question: I came across a program called apt-fast from [this link]. It apparently makes apt-get faster for people (like me) who have a slower Internet connection. Is this something you'd recommend?
  • {play 51:15}Viewer Question: Does watching Category5 TV on YouTube cost you money? I find Miro from time to time will re-download videos I already have. So if YouTube doesn't cost you money, I'd rather use that.
  • {play 57:40}Prize Giveaway: Yet another $25 pre-paid Visa card from ESET.
  • {play 60:10}Hillary autographs the 8x10 for robgor.
  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Hillary Rumball



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