2 months to go till Libre Graphics Meeting 2015 happens in Toronto, Canada. This conference is a great place to meet the people who make and use free and open source graphics software.
Participation is gratis and open to all. Every year, donations from supporters make it possible for LGM to subsidize the travel costs of participants:
We noticed that gimpguru.org, once the host of GIMP tutorials (some of which are also present in our Tutorials section) has been abandoned by its original owner and is redirecting visitors to some very suspicious downloads - don't go there.
We have removed all links pointing there from the tutorials (please do tell if we missed one), and caution everyone to only consider links on our own downloads page and the sites linked from there.
Special announcement for domain owners: if you own a domain with *gimp* in its name and host a forum or something else, and don't feel like you want to continue to do so or renew it some day, please approach us - we'd rather take it over ourselves and have it point to www.gimp.org than see it being abused like that.
In 2014, we spent most of the time on improving GIMP's usability and finalizing the GEGL port of GIMP to lay the foundation for various advanced features in demand by professionals. Some of the 2014 highlights are:
A far more detailed report has been posted to project's mailing lists.
When software is popular, then there are elements out there who seek to profit from it by less ethical means. Installer packages with added spyware, adware or even malware are apparently part of the (Windows) user experience these days.
GIMP is being attacked in that manner as well, In order to keep safe, get GIMP from our own downloads pages or the sites we link to, and be very cautious when going elsewhere.
One victim of this is GIMPshop - started as a fork of GIMP to add UI terms that are more familiar to users of Adobe Photoshop, it is nowadays used to load third-party software onto the unwary user's system. Thankfully, the original author is not to blame, as this operation is run by someone else.
The newly released issue #6 of GIMP Magazine features a "Using GIMP for portrait and fashion photography" master class by Aaron Tyree who uses GIMP professionally, and a gallery of other artworks and photos made or processed with GIMP.
The team is planning to switch to monthly releases, however they need your support to cover the costs of publishing a free magazine. You can sponsor the project at Patreon or visit the magazine's gift shop to make a donation.