Jason van Gumster mostly makes stuff up. He writes, animates, and occasionally teaches, all using open source tools. He's run a small, independent animation studio, wrote Blender For Dummies and GIMP Bible, and continues to blurt out his experiences during a [sometimes] weekly podcast, the Open Source Creative Podcast. Adventures (and lies) at @monsterjavaguns.

Authored Content

Painting art on a computer screen

High dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is an expensive photography technique. HDRI Haven provides a community-powered gallery of freely available images.
Open Force superhero characters

Download a free desktop wallpaper image of the Open Force.
Cheat sheet general image

Download our free Inkscape cheat sheet for quick use of this open source tool.
A daisy swirl

Download this free, GIMP cheat sheet.
Sky with clouds and grass

This network-attached file server offers a solid array of features and is easy to install and configure.

Contributed Content

Working from home at a laptop

Opensource.com correspondents share their favorite tools for churning out words.
Open Lego CAD

Convert your 3D digital models into LEGO designs with Bricker
Person in a field of dandelions

Top authors on Opensource.com have new levels of access, support, and exclusive opportunities.
Hot air balloons with Top Five text

In this week's Top 5, we highlight Python, JavaScript, and more.