Editing images for use online with GIMP

How to get an image into the right ‘aspect ratio’ and image size in GIMP. The aspect ratio of an image describes the relationship between its width and its height.

We choose an example that starts out portrait, but that we get a landscape graphic.

We also show how to upsize the image.



A word on the options for resizing:

  • Linear: Can be used with very small text but cubic is a better choice in most cases.
  • Cubic: The default choice. Unless the image is very small or detailed, cubic and bicubic interpolation helps keep edges smooth.
  • Lanczos: Similar to cubic except that instead of blurring, uses a “ringing” pattern. Use for detailed graphics without blurring.

Saving for the web

Now we have to save the file for the web.

  • JPEG. Used most of the time. Works for nearly everything except logos
  • PNG Used for icons and where you need transparencies.

Now you’re able to do basic image resizing!

Testing out the delegator’s WordPress plugin

Here you see some tickets from a demo site of ours on delegator. Register with any stripe testing cards to try it out.

Delegator works by segmenting your market…this means there are many ticket variations. We make those easy to display in the right place in WordPress.

Use :


to display specific titles.

Say you have a bio page for a prestigious speaker. Big draw. Huuge. Here we show tickets that include access to a speaker using this shortcode:

delegator_tickets speaker_id=”4″

Exhibition and DEVOPS Lecture
Keeping it all running
Full Lecture Access
Attend any lecture. Registration online. Blacktie dinner.

So we see all tickets that give access to another speaker

delegator_tickets speaker_id=”3″

Exhibition and UX Lecture
Access to exhibition floor and admission to the UX Lecture.
Full Lecture Access
Attend any lecture. Registration online. Blacktie dinner.

The above are great for putting on your speaker pages. But we’ll have pages that give session information, we need to sell tickets that include access to that session.

Think of the use case where we’ve got a blacktie dinner for people that come to see both speakers. We want to talk about this on a page that really sells the great food we’re going to serve.

delegator_tickets session_id=”6″

Full Lecture Access
Attend any lecture. Registration online. Blacktie dinner.

And of course we can just display a ticket based on a ticket name by selecting its ‘slug’.

delegator_tickets ticket_name=”uxticket”

Exhibition and UX Lecture
Access to exhibition floor and admission to the UX Lecture.

We can now offer subsets of tickets in different contexts, making putting the right ticket choices in context and improving conversion.

Look back on 2011 – Irish Museum of Modern Art

2011 was an incredible year, with so much publication of work and software , that it seems like only now that there is a chance to take a pause and review the events of the year. 1st up IMMA.

Getting the White Balance

Irish Museum of Modern Art – Virtual Tours

We had been working here for some time, completing this virtual tour of the north wing and gardens in on behalf of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in 2007, but 2011 saw the project move to a completely new level.

The Gallery, following a safety review, had to limit wheelchair access to the lower floors of the buildings. It was decided to create a digital version of the exhibition and to make it available in a kiosk in the downstairs areas.

The timeframe for the completion of the project was short. We used our FastReach CMS to coordinate the collation and display of the exhibition digital assets, and worked closely with the curation team in IMMA to ensure fidelity to the exhibition in the timeframe available.

Dolly setup for a Les Levine exhibit

The first  IMMA exhibition tour, which coincides with the gallery’s 20th anniversary this year, was completed in just 34 working days, during which time 460 artworks were logged and loaded into the database, as well as 42 online HD videos and 31 virtual tours. The virtual tour of the final exhibition was released the same week.

The virtual tour provides 360 degree views of each room in the gallery. A detailed introductory synopsis of each room is provided and, as you explore the wings and landings of the IMMA, you follow the physical layout of the exhibition.

Additional social features, including artwork thumbnails and the option to pull discussions about artworks into online groups, help facilitate collaboration between groups of artists, commentators and students, and also make it easier to share links.

The IMMA virtual tour appeared on the 1st page of Google the day after its release for searches of artwork titles and, after just three days, one quarter of all its traffic was from google-generated artwork searches. Within the first month of its launch in excess of 3600 visitors viewed over 57,000 online gallery pages.

The team behind the project includes the co-founder of Rollthrus (Disabled Access Portal): Chris Healy, project manager Matthew McGee, software developer Bryan McEleney and, of course, the photographic team including Denis Mortell and others, who took the excellent, high resolution stills of the artworks, as well as the curatorial staff in IMMA.

Here are some links to the exhibitions:

<a href="http://imma.gallery-access.com/june2011/intl/en/index cymbalta price.php” target=”_blank”>Twenty: Celebrating 20 Years of the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Les Levine: Mindful Media

Old Master Prints from the Madden / Arnholz Collection

Philip Taaffe: Anima Mundi

The Moderns: The Arts in Ireland from the 1900s to the 1970s

Aspect Hotel Kilkenny chooses FastReach

<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-306" title="Aspect Hotel Logo" src="http://www.vinyl-matt.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Screen-shot-2010-11-04-at-13.02.15 cymbalta cost.png” alt=”Aspect Hotel Logo” width=”186″ height=”83″ />Congratulations to Aspect Hotel Kilkenny on their successful launch and their new FastReach website. As part of the new Aspect hotel brand, the hotel in Kilkenny decided to use FastReach as it’s web content delivery platform due to the ease of use through the unique backend hotel CMS and the stylish frontend which enables the brand to market the hotel using a multi-faceted approach. After a short period of training delivered using the tailored digital manual and supported by the Vinyl Matt Media team the staff at the Kilkenny Hotel took just hours to populate the site and publish the content. Situated near Kilkenny Castle Aspect Hotel Kilkenny opened it’s doors for business in mid-October.  On behalf of Vinyl Matt Media we would like to wish the team in Kilkenny all the best with their new venture.