I want to create material design imagery for my website, but don't have flashy tools like Photoshop or Illustrator. However, I do have GIMP 2 on Ubuntu. Examples of material design imagery can be seen below: Material design image 1 and Material design image 2 Any answers are appreciated, thanks!

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    What part are you especially not able to do?
    – Jongware
    Nov 27, 2016 at 22:37
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    Sharp edges and flat colors: better use vector graphics (ie, Inkscape)
    – xenoid
    Nov 27, 2016 at 23:39
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    Depends on your drawing skills. When you cannot draw these sort of things with pen and paper you won't be able to do so with "flashy" software.
    – BlueWizard
    Nov 28, 2016 at 16:59
  • @RadLexus The noise effect that is very present in the top one. Dec 1, 2016 at 2:13

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You do not need "flashy" tools. You can do flat design even in Microsoft Paint, which is the simplest program ever.

You can simply use the Path tool to make a shape, convert it to a selection and fill it with a color or gradient. Here's a tutorial.

But in reality using GIMP is the wrong approach. You should use a vector based program, such as Inkscape.

These kinds of images are based on simple geometric shapes, so just pay attention to what you want to do. Imagine a Sesame Street program. "Where do I find a triangle? Let's go find me a triangle".

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