Carl Burks is a software developer for a global financial institution. With over ten years experience in technology and software development for financial organizations and over twenty years of software experience, Carl Burks provides articles, musings and insight into technology issues, software development, and other selected topics.

Tablets, Drawing and Adding Stamps to Tuxpaint


Carl Burks

A while back I was in the market for a drawing tablet. I didn't want to pay for the new iPad or the Wacom Cintiq, I found a deal on an older device the X200. I put Linux on it and a cheap SSD and I was off to the races. I installed GIMP, TuxPaint and Krita.

My boys loved using it on our Texas trip. I wanted to add some custom stamps to TuxPaint.

I looked up how to do it:

I added one manually and while the process worked it was far from quick. I found an image I wanted to add then made sure I made it have a transparent layer and put it in a directory.

I wanted to be able to add multiple images at once. So if I looked for a way to split up images. I found a GIMP plugin that was exactly what I wanted.

That divides the image up into other images.

Then I use imagemagick's convert to get rid of the background with this little shell script:

for fn in `ls *.png`; do convert $fn -fuzz 10% -transparent white "a_$fn"; done; rm IM*.png;