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March 18th, 2008 @7:12 am  

Testing the comment box.

March 18th, 2008 @7:22 am  


You just created a great, new resource for our subscribers! :)


Ian del Carmen

March 18th, 2008 @7:26 am  

Excellent move. Glad to see that you have this blog running, gives us an opportunity to read what you doing on a day in day out basis.

Keep it up.

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March 18th, 2008 @7:40 am  

Great video – easy to follow (not sure about my ability to execute the instructions yet!) and even better – a free resource.

Thanks, Aurelius. This will be a great resource for many people.

March 18th, 2008 @7:47 am  


As a designer myself must tell that this video is great source of knowladge for not skilled persons that want create own designs.

Easy step by step follow points what to do…

Keep coming…
Good job…

thank you,
Alex Albert

March 18th, 2008 @8:01 am  

Well Done. Extremely useful even for Photoshop users

Tony Prodger

March 18th, 2008 @8:04 am  

Fantastic! I have been trying off and on for months to get my mind around Web 2.0 graphic effects sing gimp and have totally failed. There is hope!

Thanks much, Aurelius.


March 18th, 2008 @8:04 am  

Great to see you are setting up this blog for doing graphics, keep up the great work.

March 18th, 2008 @8:48 am  

Hi Aurelius,

Thank you very much for your great videos. Please continue
with your plans on producing more. I’m sure that many like
me will greatly benefit from them.


March 18th, 2008 @8:57 am  

hi there

that was excellent tutorial. I have already mangaed to do one as a test which i will add to my next website,

Great stuff

geoff lord
The Amazing Free Link wizard

March 18th, 2008 @8:57 am  

Hey Aurelius,

Great Video. I’ve been using Gimp but never to that extent. I’m a huge fan of your work. I’m learning so much from you.

Keep up the good work.

As for a video idea, Using Actions scripts to create ecovers, reports, box, etc would be great.



March 18th, 2008 @8:59 am  

Thanks for your comments, so far.

I’m glad it’s helped.

You can guarantee I’ll be active on this blog. I have graphics designers I work with who will also be sharing some valuable tutorials and tips.

Keep your eyes peeled for more……

– Aurelius Tjin

March 18th, 2008 @9:00 am  

I’ve been messing around with Gimp for some time now and love the tutorial you’ve put together.

One thing I’d like to see is a tutorial on how to create a scriptfu (like an action script in PhotoShop) to create an eCover for either or both a dvd cover and or eBook cover using Gimp.

Or if you know of any existing scriptfu that will do this as well.

Thanks Aurelius,

Steve D.

March 18th, 2008 @9:02 am  

Great Stuff Aurelius! All the best.

Aurelius Tjin
March 18th, 2008 @9:08 am  

@ Pierre – Thanks for being a loyal subscriber and customer. Using Action scripts to design eCovers is great. Thanks for the sidea.

@ Steve – Glad the tutorial was helpful. Action scripts in GIMP would be quite a great addition. This is something I’ll definitely create a tutorial around.

March 18th, 2008 @9:31 am  

Great job! I have been struggling with gimp and you have opened the doors to a new world with gimp. Thank you so much!

March 18th, 2008 @9:40 am  

Nice Video Tutorial. Nice job on your graphics on the blog itself.

Where did you get the 30 free gradients and I wanted to know if I can freely give those gradients to my customers?

I have been looking for a free alternative to photoshop for my website visitors so Gimp is one answer.

Will photoshop action scripts work inside of Gimp? I own the rights to photoshop action scripts and if they will work inside Gimp then thats great news. If yes, can you create a video on how to install action scripts in Gimp. Do you just drag and drop or install button like photoshop.

Can you make a video on how to take a simple photo in gimp and then add the text to photo and how to angle the text.

I know how in photoshop but never used gimp, I guess thats why they call it Gimp for Gimps…

Robert Reuter “Black Belt Bob”

March 18th, 2008 @9:50 am  


I do admire your work. Maybe I’m a graphics junkie, LOL! Any chance you could create a set of those gradients for Photoshop (I use Elements)?



March 18th, 2008 @9:58 am  

Really practical and helpful.

March 18th, 2008 @9:59 am  

Hi Aurelius –

Great job! I actually understand what you were doing. I have Gimp installed and have used it for header images. You have a better grasp of it than I. 90 percent was new to me and I’ll be able to use what I learned. I liked that you didn’t do everything perfect like when you were doing the flip and had the wrong layer. I get a lot out of seeing what to do or how to get back on track when the wrong button is selected or a bad choice is made.

You might want to mention to save you work in psd (layered) in case you want to change something. Then save it again as a jpg or whatever to use as a header image. what would be the best format to save the header image in to use on a site?

Thanks – John

March 18th, 2008 @10:48 am  

Hello Aurelius,

Great video, I’ve never looked at Gimp since I have Photoshop. It looks good, and it certainly does a good job.
I would suggest multi-layered banners in the future. Also action scripts.

Photoshop tutorials for the IM market is good, not too many of those around.

Thanks for the nice video..


March 18th, 2008 @11:50 am  

Really a good job, Aurelius… keep it up!

I’m also a Photoshop user, so never really care to look at Gimp. But it seems that the graphics produced can be top-notch.

There’s one thing I’m always curious, how do you implement Photoshop action scripts in Gimp?

…or can it be done?

March 18th, 2008 @11:52 am  

Hi Aurelius,

When I think of Graphics, I think of Aurelius.

I have bought and used his graphics to great
effect. You can color me a happy customer…;~)

And now I have a chance to learn a little of that
“graphic magic” from the man himself!

It’s just too sweet.

And it goes to show what a great teacher Aurelius is,
and how he ads value to our lives.

Thank you Aurelius, you’ve done it again!

Best Wishes,
Jeff Davis CEO | Copywriter

Wayne Sexton
March 18th, 2008 @12:39 pm  

I enjoyed the video and hope to see more.


March 18th, 2008 @1:06 pm  

Great Tjin;

With my old computer unable to even handle Photoshop size and need for more processor than I have, there is some hope of remaking my graphics now.

I downloaded Gimp a few weeks back but have not had much time or direction to use it.

Now I will get the Gradient package and work on things.

Yes there are those of us out here that need video’s like this and enjoy your ability to provide us with hope to produce higher quality web products.

Thanks much.

March 18th, 2008 @1:58 pm  

Wow Aurelius what a great training that was. Thanks for taking the time to do that.

March 18th, 2008 @3:05 pm  

That was just what I needed. I’ve created the reflection with MS Word, but this has more variables and opportunities.

I’m trying to deliver a manuscript look with my site. take a look and see if there might be a tutorial for that. I like the flaming or starburst look that Sony Vegas allows with their plug-ins.

Also, Video tut on using video and utlizing your frames which I picked up.

Thanks Again
J Michael

March 18th, 2008 @4:18 pm  

Hey Aurelius,

Fantastic content.

I have been floundering around with the “Gimp” for over a year now, with little success of doing anything useful with it.

There are precious few effective tutorials for the gimp software. Keep up the great work! maybe a video showing
how to create product covers ie; Ebooks, Boxes, etc.

Again thanks for this useful content.


March 18th, 2008 @6:37 pm  

Hi Aurelius,

Great video. I’ve been wanting to learn how to use Gimp for some time. Struggling with PS Elements 2.0 is no fun.

I’ve got Gimp version 2.2 on my computer, so I tried to upgrade to 2.4, per your suggestion. However seems to have only precompiled source code available for version 2.4. Would you have any suggestions as to what we should do to compile the code, or is there another site to download from?

Looking forward to your next video,


March 18th, 2008 @7:55 pm  

Hi Aurelius,

Thank you very much for your great videos. Please continue
will help me will greatly benefit from them.thank you for taking the time to help us



March 18th, 2008 @8:29 pm  

Thanks for all your comments/feedbacks!

To Eric and anyone else who’s curious — Photoshop Action Scripts are not compatible with The GIMP software. They are both totally different programs.

GIMP does have the ability to create its own actions scripts but that’s something I’m looking into and actually getting my hands dirty and learning myself.

@ Jeff – Thanks for your kind words. Is that a testimonial :)? Or shall I say, Unsolicited testimonial? Thanks!

@ Wayne – By the looks of it, yes, more videos will be coming up, and I’m hoping my graphics designer buddies can help out with this blog to add more value.

@ Mike – Yes, I think GIMP uses less system resources. I wanted to start the first tutorial that’s universal. GIMP is free and the tutorial I gave is free. All that needs to be done on your side is action.

@ Sukuma – Always a pleasure creating video tutorials.

@ J Michael – Reflection using MS Word? Wow! That’s impressive. A manuscript look…I’m sure there are templates always out there.

@ Ron – Glad to see you’ll be using GIMP as a useful tool now :) Yes, an eCover tutorial using GIMP would be a great addition…definitely a consideration for a future tutorial.

@ Nancy – I’m not too familiar with Photoshop Elements. It’s not too common to use but I know quite a number of people have it. I think the older versions of GIMP require the GTK files to be installed and then the actual software. The new version only has one setup file. You can download GIMP here:

That’s the one I used.

@ Frank – Thanks! Will most definitely continue.

March 18th, 2008 @10:31 pm  


Your genius in your niche is beginning to show and pay off.
Congratulations on your Web2.0 tutorial and continuous innovation with graphics.
Dave Guindon introduced me to you and I’ve never looked back!
Granted, I have both photoshop elements and CS2 on my machine, but hardly have the time to play around with graphics.
So it’s always great cutting and pasting your graphics onto my websites.

Thank you so much for creating the tutorial…I have a few people who’ve been searching for this stuff.
Web2.0 is definitely the way to go.

Thanks mate…no dingos here!


March 18th, 2008 @11:29 pm  

Hi Aurelius,

Thank you for the fantastic video and the link to the GIMP program. Hopefully, there will be more in the future. With a little practice I can do this.

Thanks again, Ted

March 19th, 2008 @12:22 am  

Hi Arelius,

Thanks for the video tutorial which is great. I have a request. can i get a nice looking 2 panel WordPress theme. I am finding it hard with themes avalable already to fit my blog. i just neee a plain and cool looking one like this site.

thanks again,

March 19th, 2008 @8:13 am  

Hi Arelius,

I am an up and coming internet marketer and you are making the job much easier with these video tutorials. Keep up the great work. I find your products very informal and enlightening.

March 19th, 2008 @11:38 am  

@ George – Thanks for your kind words. Yes, Dave is a great marketer, and I’m grateful he recommended my Copy And Paste Graphics package to his subscribers.

@ Ted – More will come :)

@ Shiva – I don’t provide WordPress themes. You’ll just have to keep looking around for the right one.

@ Mary – Glad the video tutorial’s helped. Thank you.

March 19th, 2008 @11:53 am  

Well done! I have always loved your graphics offers and now I shall be bookmarking and returning to see what you develop. I have couple of years of designing sites behind me, and this is certainly all useful for the little bits and pieces that I occasionally need.
Keep up the good work. Best regards, Paul.

March 19th, 2008 @11:57 am  

Thank you for making this video and I can hardly wait to try this.You make it look easy but getting into and making it work maybe a little more difficult.

Keith Daniels
March 19th, 2008 @1:18 pm  

Brilliant! It makes such a nice change to see a video that really does help people, Unlike most of the others who just want to blow their own trumpet, saying how great their product is and how much money they have made. I’ve noticed that your videos really do give genuine help to people and not full of sales pitches. Also you help people who have a low budget, by recommending free places to get items.
Shame I couldn’t down load it for use at other times, but none the less still very good.

Thank You!! you’re one of the good guys :-)

March 19th, 2008 @1:23 pm  

Hey Aurelius,

That was a GREAT video.I have had gimp sitting in a personal use folder for ages and never got around to installing it.I think its the 2.2 version.I have photoshop 6.0 and struggle to use it.This version (2.4) looks easier than photoshop I think or thats my opinion.I downloaded the new version and the gradients and will be installing it today.

I look forward to more informational videos on the subject from you as I always value greatly the level of craftsmanship you put into each one and the information I walk away with.

Thank You and I’ll be on the lookout for your next masterpiece!

David Canham
Online Software Solutions LLC

March 19th, 2008 @9:51 pm  

Hi Arelius,

Thanks for the video tutorial which is great. I have a request. can i get a nice looking 2 panel WordPress theme. I am finding it hard with themes avalable already to fit my blog. i just neee a plain and cool looking one like this site.

thanks again,

March 20th, 2008 @1:54 am  

Hi Arelius Tjin,

Thanks a lot for the great stuff on web 2.0 graphics. I am trying to design a superb logo using this software.

Thank you again.



March 20th, 2008 @10:42 am  

You need to update your tutorial using the newer version which DOES NOT follow right along WHERE the options you’re using are. This newer version has revamped where things are and I’m spending most of my time trying to find the option you’re showing in this tutorial. Tiresome.

March 20th, 2008 @1:03 pm  

@ franglix – Thanks for bookmarking :)

@ Lisa – Let me know how it goes.

@ Keith – Glad you feel that way about my videos and products.

@ David – I’m not as use to GIMP than Photoshop. Eventually it’ll be easier. Appreciate your kind words.

@ Stanley – You can find many free WordPress themes by browsing around. Two panels are very common. You might also be interested in getting a cutom theme designed for you.

@ Mohamed – Let me know how your logo goes.

@ Scott – Not sure what you meant but I believe I am using the latest version. I downloaded it just a week ago from
The latest version is 2.4, which is the one I was using in the tutorial.

March 20th, 2008 @10:15 pm  


Great Job!!

I just downloaded Gimp today and started using it just to try to make a banner or header for a blog that I am getting ready to set up. I had been watching some videos that someone else had made to show the basics on how to use Gimp. I downloaded the gradient package you mentioned and will be getting it set up first thing in the morning.
Great Job on the video as it will help me make some better graphics. Any kind of videos that you can make will help me because I just started with this but really see the potential to make some Great Graphics and Headers for future websites for myself and others.

Thanks and keep them coming.

March 21st, 2008 @7:25 am  

I’d like request a photoshop tutorial rather than a gimp tutorial.

Awesome tut.. :) but it took some time since I use photoshop.

March 21st, 2008 @8:25 am  

Brilliant – thanks Aurelius! I did exactly what you said and it all worked – with one minor exception: The actual “mirror” effect wasn’t quite as “mirrored” as your demo? How do you increase/decrease the actual mirror effect so you can see more of the words reflected?

Also – I use a mac, and tried for ages to sort out the mac version, (requiring “X11″ & other weird stuff) and ended up installing GIMP on my windows parallels for mac – easy.

Thanks again.


p.s. a possible topic: How to blend an image (e.g. of yourself) into/or behind your header. Kind of like the picture you have to the left of your name in the header of – thanks!!!

March 21st, 2008 @9:05 am  

@ Amund – Photoshop tutorials will be posted of course. I just wanted to start with something everyone could use.

@ Dave – You can try using a different FG and BG as the gradient when applying the effect. Yea, not as many people have a Mac. Good to see you figured it all out.

I’ll record a tutorial about adding images to your header graphics and eCover graphics in the future. Thanks for the suggestion.

JD Hutchinson
March 24th, 2008 @8:42 am  

Great video Aurelius, I’m a novice in need of creating some navigation buttons to fit a website I’m working on.

It looks like Gimp will do what I want once I become better at understanding it.

I would love to receive more videos from you on the use of Gimp.

April 24th, 2008 @4:10 pm  

As always, concise, easy to follow and comprehend – and the reason I love your work Aurelius, is it’s comprehensive! Well done for all users of any calibur!

April 26th, 2008 @11:22 am  

Fantastic tutorial.
More referrals on their way!
Thank you

May 1st, 2008 @2:19 am  

More tutorials and special gifts coming up :)

Thanks JD, Bill and Tom!

May 1st, 2008 @9:40 am  

Hi Aurelius,

Count me in as your loyal reader. I’ll be looking forward to your future posts. It’s been revealing to me your your video. Many of us are struggling to use Gimp with many limitations. I certainly learned a lot with your tutorial.

Great job!


May 19th, 2008 @1:06 am  

Yes – we need more help with GIMP!

And I’m on a MAC, so if you know
anyone that could help with a video
of how to install it?

Devoted purchaser of all your
graphics products!


May 27th, 2008 @5:17 pm  

Hi Aurelius,

thank you for your great tutorial. I don’t have believed that GIMP is such a extensive program.

Please, more of this fantastic GIMP tutorials!

Really, well done!


May 28th, 2008 @3:53 pm  

Thanks for the great video. I just tried it out and it works great. I’m going to put it on my webstie ( soon! Keep ‘em coming.

June 16th, 2008 @2:08 pm  

Thank you so much for all you do for us! I have bought from you and have many of your tutorials that have always pleased me greatly! Thank you for all you do. Can’t wait to see what’s next!


June 28th, 2008 @7:11 pm  

I really like your graphics. Usually I make most email as spam but let “just” your one coming in, just to see what on offer. I do like to give you money so get most your stuff. If you give it for free to me. I will still give you some money for producing quality stuff.

Thanks for producing Excellent Graphics. Keep them coming.

Bye now

July 25th, 2008 @11:39 pm  

Thank you very much! I tried to understand a similar screenshot version of this on another site, and kept getting stuck halfway. Video is the way to go.

August 14th, 2008 @10:52 pm  

Thanks much.

I do Not have Photoshop due both to expense and to my old computer space and speed.

I am working on a Blog page and had little luck with Gimp on previous time, but will reload it and try your video suggestions.

I built a web page with NVU but had no way to do much on the Header graphics.

I will try to use this on Word Press and get back to you.

My hope is to make a good Blog page with WP 2.5 with a header including a picture.

Keep up the good offers.

There are some of us out here that need a lot of help.

Again, thanks.


September 2nd, 2008 @7:30 pm  

Hey Aurelius, just thought I’d let you know that the link for /gradients.htm is showing an error in the tracking code… (so it doesn’t work…)



September 17th, 2008 @12:16 pm  

Nice tutorial.

November 11th, 2008 @2:07 am  

Thanks Aurelius.

I’m going to get busy creating my own website header by following this video step-by-step.

I have had GIMP on my hard drive since buying one of your graphics packs some twelve months ago and following your advice to download it back then. But haven’t used GIMP because I’m lazy and didn’t want to go through the ‘pain’ of picking it up on my own.

This video will jolt me into action.

Very unselfish of you to share your know-how with us.

Thanks again.


November 11th, 2008 @2:19 am  

Oh wow…I forgot to check this post and reply to the comments.

A belated “Thank you” to everyone who’s posted their comments.

@ Michael – I’m glad you feel that way. I believe in the law of reciprocity. Yea, GIMP is by far the best FREE graphics software. I should make more GIMP tutorials.

November 11th, 2008 @7:44 am  

It’s me again . . . (Michael, November 11, 2:07am post).

Well . . . I’ve done it! Made a text header based exactly on your step-by-step video instructions.

It’s uploaded to my site already!

It will not blow you away but it has me!

Please take a look at YOUR good work at my site :-
and thanks again Aurelius.


February 27th, 2011 @7:09 pm  

Great Video and gradients.

February 27th, 2011 @7:13 pm  

Thanks for a great instruction video and for the graphics download.

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