Initiation GIMP & Inkscape

Initiation GIMP & Inkscape

communication skills

Online course

Start date:

16 June 2020

16 June 2020

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
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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