Initiation GIMP & Inkscape

Initiation GIMP & Inkscape

communication skills

Ghent, VIB-UGhent Research Building Locus

Start date:

14 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

14 December 2021

UGent-VIB Research Building Locus

Technologiepark 75
9052 Zwijnaarde

Public transport

14 December 2021

UGent-VIB Research Building Locus
Public transport


At Gent St Pieters station you can take the following city buses: Buses 70, 71 and 72 ("Tramstraat"). You get off at the stop marked "Bollebergen" (on the Grote Steenweg Noord). The Technology Park is straight in front of you on the other side of the soft verge. Walk into the park to the roundabout and then straight on. The UGent-VIB research building is the first building on the left.

There is also a shuttle bus between Gent-Sint-Pieters and Technologiepark, more information can be found here.

Route description

14 December 2021

UGent-VIB Research Building Locus

Route description

There is free parking available in front of the building.

Venue contact

14 December 2021

UGent-VIB Research Building Locus