Initiation GIMP & Inkscape

Initiation GIMP & Inkscape

communication skills

Leuven, Park Inn Hotel

Start date:

16 December 2021


General context

This course aims at introducing GIMP and Inkscape (free alternatives for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator) to prepare images for publication, annotate plots and images, and create figures (diagrams, schemes, ...). It is also a prerequisite for the 'Image Ethics and Poster Design' course.

Software demonstrated

Following software will be used: 

  • GIMP 2.10 (
  • Inkscape 1.0 (
Extra information
  • This course is free for VIB participants
  • Registration fee for non-VIB academics is 50 euro.
  • This course is not open for industry.
  • Note that upon no show without valid justification you will be blacklisted for the VIB training program for 1 year. Click here for more information.


Christof De Bo
Staff employee Research Informatics at VIB
Contact Christof De Bo :



During this introduction you learn the basics about images and figures; what is the difference between bitmap and vector, what is resolution, what is pixel density. The most popular image file types are explained and when/how to use compression. VIB (like many others) has a guideline document about scientific image manipulations and ethical concepts.

GIMP (prepare images for publication)

  • Open image files
  • Image Properties
  • Using selections
  • Cropping
  • Transforming
  • Using Layers
  • Contrast & brightness
  • Saving/Exporting/compressing images
  • Video tutorials on YouTube
  • Exercises

Inkscape (annotate plots and images, create figures, diagrams, schemes, ...)

  • Open/Import image files 
  • Drawing/Editing lines
  • Path propeties (nodes, segments)
  • Arrows
  • Fill/stroke properties
  • Undo/redo
  • Aligning and distributing objects
  • Z-order
  • Text and text options
  • Live path effects
  • Saving/Exporting drawings
  • Video tutorials on YouTube (infographics)
  • Exercises

Practical info

Location & Venue

16 December 2021

Park Inn by Radisson Leuven

Martelarenlaan 36
3010 Leuven

Public transport

16 December 2021

Park Inn by Radisson Leuven
Public transport

The hotel is located 300m from Leuven Central Station. The hotel connects to Leuven Central Station by a pedestrian bridge.

Route description

16 December 2021

Park Inn by Radisson Leuven

Park Inn hotel has no own parking. It is possible to park underground in P1-Parking Station Leuven, Martelarenlaan 4, 3010 Leuven.

Venue contact

16 December 2021

Park Inn by Radisson Leuven
Location contact

+32 16 61 66 02