20+ Video Tutorials for Open Source Applications
There are tons of open source applications out there, from operating systems to word processors to graphics programs and more. But, it’s often hard to find manuals or other documentation beyond what the developers have written (which, while technically correct, doesn’t always cover the nuances of actually using the program). Here are more than 20 video tutorials to get you going with four of the most popular open source programs out there: Gimp (), Linux (), Open Office, and Nvu.
Which tutorials are most helpful for you?
Gimp Video Tutorials
Gimp Tutorial: Pop Art – This tutorial shows how to take a regular photograph and turn it into a graphic piece of pop art.
The User Interface – This tutorial will give you a basic overview of Gimp’s user interface.
How to Change Hair Color – Ever wanted to try out a new hair color without actually dying your hair? Well, just use this Gimp tutorial to change your hair color in a photo.
Creating a Sketch Effect Using the Gimp – This tutorial goes over the basics of making a photo look like a hand-drawn sketch.
Transparent Glass Lettering – It’s great to know how to create transparent glass letters for website headers and banners, and to give your creations a more web 2.0 look.
Creating a Graduated Neutral Density Filter – Neutral density filters are a great tool for photography, and this tutorial will show you how to create the same effect in Gimp after you’ve taken the photo.
Full Flare Control with The Gimp – Flares can often be annoying in a photo, but sometimes they add that little extra something. This tutorial shows you how to take full control of flare creation.
Creating Water Drops – Adding water droplets to a leaf or a flower can be a cool effect in a photo, but is tricky to do. This tutorial explains exactly how to create realistic water droplets.
How to Create a Web 2.0 Logo Using the Gimp – Everyone needs a good web 2.0 logo, and this video will show you how.
Preparing an Image for the Web – This tutorial is the first in a series, and covers rotating, cropping, downscaling, pushing the colors, and sharpening an image.
Linux Video Tutorials
Using Multiple Workspaces in Puppy Linux – This tutorial shows how to configure Puppy Linux to have multiple workspaces.
Run Linux Under Windows – This tutorial shows how to run Linux or another operating system as a virtual system under your Windows operating system.
Backup Linux Mandriva 2008 – Learn how to back up your users and system configuration with this video tutorial.
Open Office Video Tutorials
OpenOffice Tutorial – This tutorial is very complete, and covers installing, configuring and using OpenOffice.
Hidden Star Wars Game – This tutorial shows you how to access the hidden Star Wars game in OpenOffice.
How to Create a PDF with Open Office – This video shows how to create a PDF file from an OpenOffice file.
Open Office on Ubuntu Linux – This tutorial shows how to use Open Office on an Ubuntu Linux platform.
Nvu Video Tutorials
How to Modify a Website Template Using Nvu – This video tutorial shows how to customize a website template to meet your needs.
Installing Free Editor Nvu – This tutorial shows you how to get Nvu up and running on your computer.
Getting Started with Nvu – This video covers the basics of using Nvu for designing web pages.
Using Tables in Nvu – This tutorial shows how to create tables using Nvu.